One Pot Mediterranean Chicken Orzo

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!

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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.

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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; 

  • Orzo
  • 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

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  • Brown the chicken in a frying pan with some Low calorie cooking spray

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  • Set the chicken aside. Lightly fry the vegetables (except the tomatoes)

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  • Add the rest of the ingredients, holding back some stock  (except the orzo and parsley) and the chicken. Bake in the oven

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  • After a while, add the orzo, stock and parsley and return to the oven until cooked

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  • 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.

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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.

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We used a Le Creuset shallow casserole for this, but a friend of ours swears by the VonShef cast irons ones. They’re pretty damn good.

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…

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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!

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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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INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Coat the chicken thighs the paprika, ground allspice, turmeric and salt and leave for 10 mins. In the meantime chop the veg
  2. Spray a large pan with some Low calorie cooking spray and heat gently
  3. Cook the chicken until they start to brown. Turn them over and brow the other sides
  4. Set the chicken aside
  5. Add a few more sprays of Low calorie cooking spray to the pan, then fry off the onion, carrot, celery, garlic and mushrooms until the onion is soft
  6. Add the tomatoes, lemon juice, 100ml of the chicken stock, return the chicken back to the pan and place in the oven with a lid on (or covered with foil) for 30 mins at 180C
  7. Carefully remove the pan from the oven, add the orzo, parsley and the rest of the stock, stir, and return to the oven for 20 mins - with the lid off!!!

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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.
- Defrost thoroughly before reheating (you can use the defrost setting on your microwave.)
- Make sure it is piping hot all the way through before serving.

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88 Comments
    1. Hi Sharon,

      The cooking times would vary in a slow cooker, and it wouldn’t get that lovely golden top. It’s probably best to stick to the original method, though could be made in advance and reheated thoroughly 😊

  1. Advice please, I really can not stand mushrooms or whole / solid tomatoes only passatta. Are there any swaps I could make to this recipe?

    1. Hi Bianca,

      You can leave them out – perhaps replace with some peppers instead. You may need a little extra stock to compensate 😊

  2. 6 whole garlic cloves seems a lot to me. Is this dish very garlicky? I plan on making it tonight and would need my children to eat it.

    Thank you

  3. Thank you so much for this recipe. Made this tonight for the first time. So quick to prepare, and so full of flavour. Absolutely love it. My 87 year old mother in law, who doesn’t eat very much at all, said “I really like this stuff underneath the chicken”, and had a second helping. High praise indeed!

  4. Hi there just after some advice please I’ve bought the all spice the exact one as the pic it smells really heavy with clove just like 5 spice just wondering if its supposed to be this way?

  5. I did this last night and thought it was absolutely delicious but my husband wasn’t keen on the allspice as it smells a bit like cloves. Is there a different spice I can use or would it work to leave it out? Thanks

  6. This looks absolutely amazing. And perfect for the beginning of Spring (which it is in Australia) – bright and colourful like Spring, but with a ‘comfort food’ factor. Can’t wait to try it.

  7. Hi,
    Firstly thanks for your fantastic recipes.

    I am in the process of purchasing a cast iron pot. Having never had one do you prefer enamel coated or just cast iron. Do either affect flavours?.
    Tia.

    Maureen.

  8. 1st attempt at this tonight and was a pleasure to make… the smell alone was warming and the taste exceptional… def. will be having this again, a very satisfying dish and the husband throughly enjoyed it… top top marks 🙂 and thank you…

  9. I just bought a cast iron flat round dish with lid from Sainsbury’s as half price at £22.50. It’s fab. They do a large and small casserole dish too half price at the moment 😀

  10. Hi found you recently on Facebook and after looking at all the yummy pics I tried this tonight. I absolutely hate pasta, but this was delicious. Can’t wait to try other recipes. So disheartening thinking of what to cook every night 😒

  11. Would like to try this recipe st the weekend but my guests have gluten free diets. If I were to make it with rice what type should I use and would the timings be similar? Thanks.

  12. I made this for our supper this evening. It did not look like your picture!!! However it tasted great. I will make it again, but will tweak the spices more to our tastebuds.

  13. What else would you serve with this as a side dish. Going to make this evening but I feel it needs something on the side. Thankyou

    1. Hiya,

      My husband made this dish for tea last night and we all loved it! Never even heard of Orzo before, it’s Gorgeous!

      Thanks so much for another amazingly tasty and fab recipe!

      Love this website so much! Thanks again 🙂

  14. I made this last night and I have to say that it was absolutely delicious. Not too complicated to make and even my partner, who is the fussiest eater i have ever known liked it! Will definitely be making it again

  15. Hi – can you suggest a gluten free alternative to Orzo that would work with the receipe? My daughter would love this but she’s coeliac. Thank you.

  16. Aw man, this is THE most delicious thing ever. A hit with the whole family, easy to make and full of flavour. Definitely a keeper!

  17. Another wonderful recipient from PON. I didn’t use as much all spice as recommended as I’m not keen but I added sweet and smoked paprika plus yellow peppers. The orzo was tender and had soaked up all the flavours. Really enjoyed it. Will post a pic on Twitter

  18. Making this today. I think I have read somewhere about the oven temperatures that you use, but can’t remember where. Are your temp for fan ovens or standard ovens?

    Thanks.

  19. Made this last night. I did enjoy it, but won’t make it again with the allspice as not keen on it. Will try again and experiment with other spices/flavourings more to my taste. A great all in one dish though!

  20. Hi there, do u think you could substitute the Chicken Thighs for Breasts? Don’t really like thigh meat🤦🏼‍♀️
    Thank u in advance

  21. Stunning recipe just amazing followed it to the letter and it turned out the most tasty meals I have ever made and I could not believe it was sun free. Thank,you

  22. Yet another ‘Pinch of Nom’ delight. We loved it, my first foray into Orzo and girls it will not be my last.
    Thank you for your amazing recipes, my repertoire is expanding but my waistline is not,thanks to you!
    Best regards
    Mon x❤️

  23. Hi, just finding my way round for the first time….fab site. I’m not very good with this cooking malarky but looks easy enough even for me so going to try this recipe tomorrow, Would it be ok to cook in a pyrex dish?

  24. Hi, I’m going to make this for tea tonight, but for four people (2 adults and two older boys). I’m going to use four chicken breasts instead of the thighs, leave the other ingredients the same, but wondered if I’d need more orzo? (Then growing, skinny boys will be having French stick with theirs!). If I should add more orzo, any idea how much and if I need extra liquid please. Thank you. x

  25. Hi, many thanks for the recipe. I was planning on making this tonight, but don’t have a casserole dish that can go in the oven. Can I use a pot initially and transfer into a Pyrex to cook in the oven do you think? Many thanks!

  26. What a fantastic menu made a smaller portion pleased I did else I would have eaten more. Made two meals ideal for me being on my own. So tasty never had orzo before going to see if I can make a pudding with it scrummy.

  27. I couldnt find orzo in asda so bought vermicelli pasta should I use this or would I be better off substituing it with risotto rice/

  28. Made this twice in 2 weeks, absolutely delicious! A big hit with all the family. We had a salad with it (cherry tomatoes, red onion, gherkin, beetroot and carrot) Thank you for the recipe – look forward to trying out some others from the site.

  29. Hi, I am making this for tea tonight and wondering if I can replace the orzo with risotto rice? If so how would I need to adjust cooking times? Thanks

  30. Hiya
    Wondered if this could be prepared / made earlier in the day and just put back in the oven for the last 20 mins, in the evening or would I need to add more water etc?

  31. I’ve got a couple of fussy eaters so made this with carrot, sweet potato and butternut squash, and used tinned tomatoes instead of cherry tomatoes – was delicious!

  32. Can I slow cook this?? Low, for 8 hours? If so , do I put the orzo in with everything else?
    Thank you for the recipe!

  33. Oh my word just made this. It is absolutely gorgeous and those whole garlic cloves. I will definitely make this again. Thank you

  34. Hi, planning on making this tonight but I don’t have a casserole dish? Would a normal pyrex dish work as well?

    Thanks,

  35. Made this last night for a family meal and I didn’t want to be slaving over the stove. The spice mix smelt a bit strong when I put it in a bowl to coat the chicken, but once cooked it had toned down to just give a lovely flavour.
    I did tweak slightly and used a tin of tomatoes as I don’t like fresh and reduced the stock by 200ml (I made a huge pan using 500g of pasta and 1kg of chicken) it went down really well with most having a small second helping. I even had to send a link to the recipe. Thank you PON for another great one!

  36. Hi I really want to try this in my instant pot, what is the recommended time to cook?

    Ps. Love your recipes!

  37. Just made this precisely to the menu apart from using 3 chicken breasts (split into 6 pieces).
    Absolutely delicious! This is the 4th fantastic recipe we’ve found on PON. Thanks! 🌞

  38. OMG!!! This was amazing. Never had Orzo before and was a little apprehensive especially as I have a fussy eater husband.
    We both throughly enjoyed it and will be definitely having it again.
    Can’t wait for the Pinch of Nom recipe book to be delivered.

  39. I made this last night.. Absolutely delish!! Will definately be on my weekly menu from now on. Thank you.

  40. Just made this dish & it was fantastic. Thank you so much for your recipes, I am slowly making my way through your cook book!

    1. Hi Jane,

      We’ve not tried it in the slow cooker, the orzo may get over cooked this way. It would probably be better to use the method stated in the recipe for this dish 😊

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