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Apr 08

One-Pot Mediterranean Chicken with Orzo

One-Pot Mediterranean Chicken with Orzo

This One-Pot Mediterranean Chicken with Orzo is full of bright lemon and herb flavor, and it’s so easy to make. Perfect for a quick weeknight meal! You’ll just brown up the chicken, then toss everything else into the pot and bake! Lemon is one of my favorite Spring flavors, and it’s perfectly complemented by the rich kalamata olives, tart sun-dried tomatoes, healthy spinach, and Mediterranean herbs in this dish. I love that the chicken and orzo cook together in the same pot, so it’s a main dish and a side dish all in one. Better still, a perfect portion of this dish is just 372 calories or 6 WW Points! To view your current WW Points for this recipe and track it in the WW app or site, click here! I also think this One-Pot Mediterranean Chicken with Orzo pairs really nicely with a glad of white wine. I’m just saying!

One-Pot Mediterranean Chicken with Orzo

Looking for more tasty, lightened-up one-pot meals? Check out my One-Pot Spicy Dirty Rice with Chicken and Sausage, Spanish Chicken and Rice Skillet, Beef Enchilada Pasta Skillet, Turkey Sloppy Joe Pasta, Chicken Pot Pasta, White Chicken Chili, Mexican Chicken Cauliflower Rice Skillet, Thai Turkey with Carrot Noodles, Lemon Chicken Orzo with Tomatoes and Asparagus, Rustic Sausage and Potato Skillet, One-Pot Cincinnati Chili Spaghetti Bake, Beef Stroganoff, Beefy American Goulash, Spicy Taco Gnocchi Skillet, Pumpkin Alfredo Tortellini Skillet, Cheesy Chicken Veggie Pasta Skillet, Sausage Tortellini Skillet, The Best Turkey Chili, and more in the One-Pot Meal category of my recipe index!

One-Pot Mediterranean Chicken with Orzo
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One-Pot Mediterranean Chicken with Orzo

This One-Pot Mediterranean Chicken with Orzo is healthy, easy, and full of fresh Greek flavors!


  • 4 (5 oz each) uncooked boneless, skinless chicken breasts , (20 oz total)
  • A sprinkle of salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 oz uncooked orzo, use wheat orzo if following the myWW Purple plan
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups torn fresh spinach leaves
  • 16 pitted kalamata olives
  • 1 oz dry-packed julienne cut sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ of a lemon, cut into wedges
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ¼ teaspoon dried rosemary
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper


  • Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees. On a cutting board, sprinkle the chicken breasts on both sides with salt and black pepper as desired.
  • Pour the olive oil into a 4-5 QT Dutch oven and bring over med-high heat. Once the oil is hot, Add the chicken breasts and brown the outsides in the oil for about 5 minutes, flipping once in the middle to get both sides. Stir in all remaining ingredients (orzo, broth, spinach, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, lemon juice, lemon wedges, oregano, basil, rosemary, salt and pepper) to combine.
  • Cover the Dutch oven and transfer it to the heated oven. Bake for 25 minutes or until the chicken breasts are cooked through and orzo is tender. Stir together, remove the lemon rinds and serve.


To view your current WW Points for this recipe and track it in the WW app or site, click here!
WW Points per (1 chicken breast + 2/3 cup orzo mix) serving: 6 (SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
Nutrition Information per (1 chicken breast + 2/3 cup orzo mix) serving:
372 calories, 28 g carbs, 3 g sugars, 12 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 37 g protein, 3 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)
MyWW SmartPoints per (1 chicken breast + 2/3 cup orzo mix) serving:(SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
Green: 8 SmartPoints/ Blue: 6 SmartPoints/ Purple: 3 SmartPoints (if using wheat orzo, if not then use Blue points)
Weight Watchers Points Plus:
9 per (1 chicken breast + 2/3 cup orzo mix) serving (PP calculated using a WW PointsPlus calculator and the nutrition info below)
Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens

38 comments on “One-Pot Mediterranean Chicken with Orzo”

  1. Can this be made in an instapot?

  2. This sounds wonderful! Tell me where in my store to look for dry-packed sun dried tomatoes. I’m used to just seeing them in jars packed with oil or water.
    Thanks for the creative recipe!

    • I usually find them by the salad toppings, but sometimes by the jarred ones depending on the store. If you can only find the jarred kind those will also work, the ones packed in oil will just likely change the nutrition info/points. I hope you love this dish!

  3. If I don’t have a dutch oven can this be made in a normal large pot?

    • As long as it’s oven safe! Alternatively, you could saute the chicken in a pan and then transfer everything to a baking dish and that would probably work just as well.

    • I don’t have a dutch oven either. Like Emily said, I put everything in a 9×13 pan and add the chicken that I cooked in the pan. This is our new “what do you feel like for dinner” answer…lol……we love it!!!

  4. I’ve been making a Chicken w/Olives & Spinach dish similar to this one, ever since we visited our cousins in Italy. I rub the chicken w/salt, pepper, & a small amount of garlic powder. Also, I don’t add the spinach until the dish comes out of the oven (b/c we like spinach, and don’t care to have it shrink down to almost nothing). I add the spinach, put the cover back on the casserole dish, and let it all sit & steam for a couple of minutes. Lift the cover & mix everything together.Thanks Emily, for posting this delicious recipe.

    • Hi Angelina…..my husband and I said tonight, after we enjoyed the meal, that we would do the same thing you suggested with the spinach!!! We like our spinach slightly wilted as well. I add more spinach….just because we like it 🙂

  5. can you make recaipe indonesian food?

  6. Tried this tonight and the flavors were nice but it was way overcooked and I did the shorter bake time. Did you mean cutlets or breasts? Maybe the cutlets were too thin

    • Hi Alyssa,
      I used breasts that I trimmed to be 5 oz each and the time worked out for me, but everyone’s oven cooks a little differently and the thickness of the breasts could definitely be a factor. If your breasts are really thin you could definitely try cooking for less time next time. I’m glad you loved the flavor!

  7. This was so good and so easy! I followed the recipe exactly. I wasn’t exactly sure how much 4 oz of pasta was, so I weighed it out. It was just a bit more saucy than the photo, so i probably could have added more orzo- but OMG it was delicious, quick and easy!

  8. Definitely try it out!

  9. We absolutely loved the flavor of this dish!!
    We do not have a Dutch oven though so I followed your suggestion in another post to sauté the chicken and then transfer everything to a baking dish. We had tons of liquid left over though after everything was cooked…looking back now I covered the baking dish and you didn’t say to do that. Could that be why or did I mess something else up? Haha. 
    Thanks for sharing your recipes they are a weekly staple in our home! 

  10. I made this for lunch meal prep and it was great even with leaving out the olives. I was able to get 3 lunches from this recipe and it warmed up well.

  11. The flavor was lovely but there was way too much liquid after cooking. I’m going to have to cut the liquid down to 1 cup I think

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  13. I just got a Dutch oven & was so psyched to try this–I always have good results with your recipes, Emily! This one was no exception–loved the flavors in this one! And oh man did it look beautiful in my Dutch oven–would be such a good one for entertaining! It looks impressive without too much work…my favorite kind.
    Thanks again for your recipes!!

  14. Hey Emily, could you dub cauliflower rice instead of orzo?

  15. I cooked this dish tonight and it was truly wonderful!! We loved the mixture of spices and the olives gave it a unique flavor. It will be cooked again. Thank you for sharing, can’t wait to eat my leftovers

  16. The recipe sounds delicious!  I cant have gluten so Orzo isn’t an option…can you recommend a suitable substitute.  

  17. Thank you for writing! It is very easy to understand and detail. I find it interesting, I hope you continue to have such good posts.

  18. Thank you for writing! It is very easy to understand and detail. I find it interesting, I hope you continue to have such good posts.

  19. This was my first Emily Bites fail. I followed the directions, but there was way too much liquid at the end. It looked like soup. It was also way too lemony. We didn’t end up eating it.

  20. What would you serve with this other than a salad? 

  21. Oh my! What a delicious meal! I added some chopped onion and garlic which I sautéed at the beginning before the chicken. Other than that, follow the recipe. Easy and super yummy!! Will definitely make again!

  22. Another great recipe!! My daughter asks for this once a week!

  23. I love Mediterranean food and this dish was just ok. I felt it tasted a bit bitter and dry and had to add liquid at the end. Might be better on the stove top.

  24. It looks so great
    i will try

  25. Just saw this on your IG and had to try it! I used cutlets but otherwise followed the recipe to a T and it was awesome. The flavors were great, and it looked beautiful… seems like it would be a great dish for entertaining since you can do most of the prep in and advance and then just pop in the oven. The lemon flavor was nice, although I might tone it back next time–I had a pretty monster sized lemon though. I like the suggestion above about adding spinach at the end and will probably do that, just for a brighter green. I’m also curious to add in some garlic. But the recipe as-is is wonderful!5 stars

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  27. I love Mediterranean food and this dish was just ok

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  29. The One-Pot Mediterranean Chicken with Orzo is a delicious and flavorful dish that combines the bright and refreshing taste of lemon with a variety of Mediterranean ingredients.5 stars

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