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Mediterranean Chicken Orzo

Orzo pasta with chicken, olives and herbes de Provence has the bright flavors of Mediterranean cuisine. Here’s a bonus: Leftovers reheat really well! —Thomas Faglon, Somerset, New Jersey
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 4 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 medium tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 cup sliced pitted green olives
  • 1 cup sliced pitted ripe olives
  • 1 large carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon herbes de Provence
  • 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta


  • In a 3- or 4-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 11 ingredients. Cook, covered, on low 4-5 hours or until chicken, pasta and vegetables are tender, adding orzo during the last 30 minutes of cooking.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Herbes de Provence is a mixture of dried spices associated with France's Provence region. It is available in the spice aisle.
  • Use herbes de Provence to flavor mild main ingredients, like chicken, fish and vegetables.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1-1/3 cups: 415 calories, 19g fat (5g saturated fat), 86mg cholesterol, 941mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 27g protein.

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    • Clyde
      Apr 9, 2020

      Be sure to use Kalamata olives, and not the tasteless black California ripe olives. Big difference!

    • Marianne
      Nov 17, 2019

      I made this recipe exactly as stated

    • lfreer
      Jan 20, 2017

      I followed the recipe, and was disappointed. The herbs de Provence was overwhelming. If I make this again, I would use only 1/2 of the spice, and replace it with smoked paprika or Italian seasoning.

    • toolbarsco
      Feb 6, 2016

      I'm always looking for an excuse to use green olives so I was excited to try this recipe. I dashed out to the store to get herbs de provence. I should have looked more closely at what's in this herb mixture. The minute I sprinkled it in I could smell the lavender and rosemary which we do not care for. My bad........ I like the basic ingredients in this dish but next time I will add thyme, oregano, marjoram and savory instead of herb mixture.

    • Kimmer66
      Feb 2, 2016

      This was very good. I didn't have herbes de Provence so I improvised. I used Kalamata and green w/pimento olives. If you want a little extra zing add olive juice to taste. I didn't have time for the slow cooker so I seasoned and seared 2 chicken breast w/a shallot and shredded carrot and seasonings. Added 1 can of chicken broth and a little water and cooked until chicken was done. Cut up the chicken into bite sized pieces and added everything else and cooked until orzo was soft.