This hearty One Pot Mediterranean Chicken Orzo is a great slimming-friendly meal whether you’re counting calories or following a diet plan like Weight Watchers.
If it’s a chilly day, this recipe is one of those dishes that reminds you of summer!
For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb 👍
This recipe is also ridiculously easy to make.
It takes about 10 minutes to prep, and you just throw it in the pan and then in the oven.
If you’re looking for more super easy recipes to make, take a look at some of these:
- Mexican Chilli Beef
- Baked Spaghetti with Chicken
- Caribbean Jerk Stew
- Beef Ragu Fettuccine (Also available in our Cookbook)
How many Calories are in this One Pot Mediterranean Chicken Orzo?
There are 547 calories in each portion of our slimming friendly One Pot Mediterranean Chicken Orzo. This means it falls into our Special Occasion recipe category.
This recipe is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.
As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.
What diets is this One Pot Mediterranean Chicken Orzo suitable for?
This recipe is suitable if you’re gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free versions;
- Stock Cubes
You could also enjoy this One Pot Mediterranean Chicken Orzo if you’re dairy free.
Please make sure to double, and triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.
How Weight Watchers friendly is this One Pot Mediterranean Chicken Orzo?
There are 9 Points per portion of this dish – it’s really filling and doesn’t need anything extra with it!
How to make this One Pot Mediterranean Chicken Orzo
This dish is perfect if you don’t have much time to spend cooking as you can really just bung it all in and let it do its thing! Here’s a summary;
- Marinade the chicken for a few mins in the spices. Chop the vegetables
- Brown the chicken in a frying pan with some Low calorie cooking spray
- Set the chicken aside. Lightly fry the vegetables (except the tomatoes)
- Add the rest of the ingredients, holding back some stock (except the orzo and parsley) and the chicken. Bake in the oven
- After a while, add the orzo, stock and parsley and return to the oven until cooked
- Serve with your choice of accompaniment from the list below
What should you should serve with One Pot Mediterranean Chicken Orzo?
This dish is really substantial enough on its own without any extra accompaniments. If you fancied something extra though, you could try:
Whatever accompaniment you choose, don’t forget to account for the extra calories and/or other nutritional values.
Do you need any special ingredients to make One Pot Mediterranean Chicken Orzo?
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First and foremost you need a sturdy casserole pot.
We use ours at least once a week, and cook everything in it from stir-fry’s to one pot dishes like this One Pot Mediterranean Chicken Orzo.
Next you need ALLSPICE.
Not mixed spice, ALLSPICE! It’s nothing like mixed spice – and really shouldn’t be substituted as such!
This is what Allspice looks like…
If you don’t have any Allspice, I urge you to get some. It’s amazing paired with rosemary and thyme.
You also need some Orzo! You can find it in the pasta aisle in your local supermarket. It’s cheap, inexpensive and is fab in soups and salads! It looks like rice, but is pasta!
Can you cook One Pot Mediterranean Chicken Orzo another way?
You could cook this dish in the slow cooker. Brown the chicken, add to the pot with all of the other ingredients, except the orzo and parsley. Cook on high for 2-3 hours. Add the orzo and some extra stock if required and cook for a further 35-40 minutes on high until the orzo is tender.
How do you know when One Pot Mediterranean Chicken Orzo is cooked?
You should cook this dish until the chicken is cooked through, the juices run clear and the orzo is tender.
This should take approx 50 minutes in the oven.
Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.
How long can you keep One Pot Mediterranean Chicken Orzo in the fridge?
Once you’ve served it, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.
If you allow any left overs to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep leftovers of One Pot Mediterranean Chicken Orzo in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.
Can I freeze One Pot Mediterranean Chicken Orzo?
Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;
- Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
- Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.
Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!
How do I reheat One Pot Mediterranean Chicken Orzo?
From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.
From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.
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Our 6 month planner features 26 recipes – which are not available anywhere else. We have all the details on our Planner page.
We’ve been squirrelling away doing squirelly things behind the scenes and can finally announce that our very first cookbook is available NOW!!
The book features 100 recipes – around 80 of them BRAND NEW and not available anywhere else. Full colour photographs, hardback, a quality book that will stand up to frequent use!
Each recipe has been taste tested by twenty members of the Pinch of Nom community to ensure that they are amazing. Check out our cookbook page for more information!