Greek Chicken Orzo


This is a delicious recipe for a greek style orzo and chicken. I used boneless skinless chicken breasts, but you could easily use boneless skinless thighs or bone in, skin on, breasts or things. I got the idea for this dish on the Rachael Ray Show. I am a loyal watcher of her daytime show. I started watching her on food network when she first started, but now only seem to have time to enjoy her daytime show. I record it on my DVR, and watch it when my son is napping. She is a great inspiration to me, I love that she is a very talented home cook that is not trained as a chef.  She is also pretty, funny, and so normal. She actually had to beg to be on The Soup, I thought that was too funny. The Soup is another favorite show of mine, we record it on the DVR too. By watching The Soup, I don’t feel the need to watch any of those silly reality and talk shows, they just compile the best clips (of people being crazy) for us, its great!

This recipe isn’t exactly like Rachel’s. I used roasted red peppers instead of tomatoes. I also used 1 less lemon, and prepared the orzo by absorption instead of boiling like pasta. There were a few other minor variations, but the basic recipe idea is the same. My family loved this chicken and orzo. I thought it might have been to spicy for my little one, but he gobbled it up and begged for more. You can adjust the spice in this recipe by changing the amount of crushed red pepper flake you put on the chicken.

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Greek Chicken Orzo

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4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 medium sweet onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup chopped olives
1/4 cup chopped banana peppers
1/4 cup chopped jarred roasted red peppers
1/2 cup feta cheese
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 lb bag orzo
1 lemon, sliced
4 cups chicken stock
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


Melt the 2 tablespoons of butter in 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add garlic. Saute on low. Add orzo and cook over medium heat until orzo is golden brown. Add chicken stock to orzo and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 8-10 minutes. Turn off heat and let pasta rest, covered for 5-10 minutes.
Sprinkle chicken breasts with kosher salt, pepper, dried oregano, and red pepper flake. Preheat a large skillet. Drizzle with olive oil. Place chicken in pan and place lemon slices on top of chicken breasts. Brown chicken, being careful to place lemon back on top of the breasts after flipping them.
Remove chicken when done. Saute chopped onions and green peppers in the same skillet. Add chopped olives, roasted red peppers and banana peppers. Add orzo and mix well. Add to a serving platter and add feta cheese. Mix well. Serve chicken on top of orzo.

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  14 Responses to “Greek Chicken Orzo”

  1. You are a girl after my own heart, love Rachel Ray and love the soup even more. This Greek chicken orzo dish looks spectacular!

  2. Juliana — March 15, 2010 @ 9:41 pm

    Wow, what a nice chicken dish…looks delicious with orzo pasta…I can really impress some guest with this dish 🙂

  3. 5 Star Foodie — March 16, 2010 @ 3:54 am

    Very delicious! I love the wonderful Greek flavors in this dish!
    .-= 5 Star Foodie´s last blog ..BSI: Asparagus and Asparagus Fettuccine with Meyer Lemon Butter Sauce =-.

  4. redkathy — March 16, 2010 @ 4:29 am

    WOW! Stunning Greek chicken you have here Angie. Great combination of spicy flavors.
    .-= redkathy´s last blog ..Creamy Four Cheese Spinach Stuffed Chicken Rosa =-.

  5. grace — March 16, 2010 @ 10:49 am

    i love greek flavors, and your dish is just beautiful! i won’t lie–it’s hard for me to admit it when rachael ray does something right, but every now and then, she comes through. 🙂
    .-= grace´s last blog ..revenge of the nerds =-.

  6. Kim — March 16, 2010 @ 11:38 am

    I don’t know what it is about springtime and Greek food but I always get the desire for lots of Greek spices and flavors this time of the year. This dish looks right up my alley.

    I’ve never watched the Soup. I watch Rachel a lot, too. Her dishes are always so sensible and easy.

    P.S. Your site just keeps getting better and better. You do such a great job!
    .-= Kim ´s last blog ..Mustard Greens Salad with Quinoa, Feta & Lemon Vinaigrette =-.

  7. Drick — March 16, 2010 @ 12:31 pm

    man, just looking at the chicken makes me crave this – I know the flavor is awesome – a truly wonderful dish
    .-= Drick´s last blog ..Irish Drink & Haggerty =-.

  8. Chelsey — March 16, 2010 @ 2:09 pm

    Those Greek flavors have my mouth watering! O.K. I have a dumb question, is orzo pasta that looks like rice?
    .-= Chelsey´s last blog ..Spicy Lao Pork and Chicken Lettuce Wraps =-.

  9. Ken Rice — March 16, 2010 @ 2:59 pm

    Looks yummy!

    Whoever else gets to eat such tasty dishes everyday must be very lucky 🙂
    .-= Ken Rice´s last blog ..The New Glucose Revolution Low GI Gluten-Free Eating Made Easy: The Essential Guide to the Glycemic Index and Gluten-Free Living =-.

  10. Miranda — March 17, 2010 @ 12:38 am

    I am saving this dish! The pictures sold me!!! This looks mout watering!

  11. Divina — March 17, 2010 @ 2:40 pm

    The dish is mouthwatering. The photo is good enough to eat.

  12. رواد الغرام — March 27, 2010 @ 2:48 am

    Very delicious! I love the wonderful Greek flavors in this dish!

  13. hizlindir — March 27, 2010 @ 3:57 pm

    it seems to very delicous. I like this photo and absolutely l eat this dish.

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