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Lemon-Olive Chicken with Orzo Recipe

Lemon-Olive Chicken with Orzo Recipe

This quick skillet recipe is a healthy all-in-one meal. I just add a tossed salad for a menu the entire family loves. —Nancy Brown, Dahinda, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken thighs (about 1 pound)
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2/3 cup uncooked whole wheat orzo pasta
  • 1/2 medium lemon, cut into 4 wedges
  • 1/2 cup pitted Greek olives, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • 1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Brown chicken on both sides; remove from pan.
  • 2. Add broth to skillet; increase heat to medium-high. Cook 1-2 minutes, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Stir in remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • 3. Return chicken to pan. Cook, covered, 5-8 minutes or until pasta is tender and a thermometer inserted in chicken reads 170°. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving: 345 calories, 17g fat (3g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 636mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 5g fiber), 26g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 fat, 1 starch.

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Dkawaller User ID: 7467670 267724
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2017

"Very tasty and easy meal to prepare. I used chicken thighs and legs with bones and left skin on. I just added some salt and pepper to the chicken pieces before browning. I did not change anything else and really liked the lemon flavor. Will make this again."

beagleluva User ID: 1604921 261074
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2017

"Very good dish but a little too lemony. Would definitely make again but I think I would either use half as many lemon wedges or leave them out entirely and increase the amount of juice.

Tried to rate this four stars but was having a problem."

squeakymouse User ID: 134400 258284
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2016

"Although I cooked the orzo separately, this was an easy and tasty dish."

MizOtis User ID: 7344112 257806
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2016

"This is a great recipe and easily adaptable for tastes...too lemony, just add more stock. Not enough lemon flavor, just add some grated lemon zest to amp up the flavor. The bitter notes some people are noting might be from the stem end of the lemon. Make sure to slice off that bitter stem and rinse your lemons before cutting them up for simmering. You shouldn't get bitterness from this dish using these ingredients. I added a little crumbled feta cheese, fresh minced oregano and fresh minced parsley for serving."

Jilly22 User ID: 7537340 255710
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2016

"This didn't come together well The chicken didn't cook fast enough and the orzo got dried out."

GoodyQueen User ID: 6208519 241955
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2016

"This is very fast and easy to prepare. I think the orzo sucks up a lot of lemon flavor, almost too much, so next time I plan to leave out the extra tablespoon of lemon juice and just put the lemons in."

valdater User ID: 5632060 240287
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2015

"Bitter taste others complain about is because of using Greek olives. Try regular black olives of Kalamata olives"

Gramtowich User ID: 8314983 235447
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2015

"I hate when people change the recipe and then critique it. But I just did the same! I only had regular black olives and regular orzo. Otherwise followed the recipe to the letter. This is a good meal. I'll make it again."

browns19fan User ID: 919833 234055
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2015

"Yuck. Very salty and bitter. I can only blame the olives (I used the canned variety). Since this dish has so much potential, I'll give it another try. I'll either add the olives right before serving or omit them altogether. I'll amend my review if that does the trick."

rmbarr059 User ID: 4046105 232968
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2015

"Good flavor--my husband said it's his new favorite and wants me to make it again! Pretty simple too--I had to replace the lemon with additional lemon juice since I didn't have a lemon on hand but that was the only change. I substituted 1 1/2 tablespoons of lemon juice for the half of lemon the recipe called for."

SanityBreak202 User ID: 2886293 196598
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2014

"Don't know what I did wrong but this was aweful! Weird bitter taste. I think it was cooking the lemon in with it. Or the weird tasting olives. Maybe I got the wrong kind of greek olives."

ddilella User ID: 1205152 198210
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2013

"I made this last week when a friend came over for dinner. She loved it so much I made it again this week but I tripled the batch because she brought her whole family with her. They loved it as well. It is very simple and easy to make and very delicious."

katsjob User ID: 6050673 183427
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2013

"I made this dish for a recent camping trip and my family loved it!! It was easy to make and tasted great!"

[email protected] User ID: 77962 196952
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2013

"This is simple, lemony, and delicious! My kids loved it. I substituted capers for olives, which not everyone liked, but the overall dish was a hit. It doesn't make a whole lot, though, so if you have a large family or big eaters you'll need to accompany it with some other stuff."

nbeckman User ID: 138091 125646
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2013

"We LOVE Greek food and this recipe had us shouting "OPA"!

I used skinned, bone-in chicken thighs, and doubled the recipe for my family of four (I'm no fool - I know good stuff when I see it!)
salad of spring greens with feta, red bell pepper and cucumber in a light vinaigrette rounded out a delightful dinner. Thanks so much for sharing!"

fregeau User ID: 3943102 183425
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2013

"Excellent chicken dish and totally simple. Thanks!"

Shmatoo User ID: 6181690 196597
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2013

"Lemon, olives and orzo! Knew I had to try this, glad I did as it turned out delicious. Used chicken breasts and put in the quartered lemon at the very end. A keeper!"

LindaEC User ID: 5991685 181004
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2012

"easy and delicious!"

lissakay_osu User ID: 1956332 136528
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2012

"I love this recipe...made it on a Monday and ate it for lunch the next several days! Seemed to get more delicious the longer it sat in the fridge!"

oneltldeb User ID: 6459291 212981
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2012

"the lemon and olives were a nice combo, although so strong a flavor that it made the chicken taste bland and uninteresting. less lemon would help, but it didn't make our make it again list."

danid User ID: 5870512 181002
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2011

"This was good...I didn't put as much lemon in the recipe and the flavors were great, not too overwhelming. I also used chicken breast instead of thighs. easy to make and good too."

ktames User ID: 1421943 119888
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2011

"If you love lemon in your cooking, this is the recipe for you. Made it as stated and enjoyed it. Paired well with the Celery Root Puree recipe...the puree is too bland for my tastes, but tasting it with the chicken et al, worked well."

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 193571
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2011

"We did not care for this. The lemon flavor was too strong for our tastes. It was easy to prepare though."

Valley Kat User ID: 4619253 119852
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2011

"We used boullion instead of canned broth, and regular black olives. Loved the ease of preparation and being able to make it all in one skillet. The flavors all blended so nicely."

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