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 Freestyle SmartPoints! I also think this One-Pot Mediterranean Chicken with Orzo pairs really nicely with a glad of white wine. I’m just saying!

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One-Pot Mediterranean Chicken with Orzo

Yield: 4 (1 chicken breast + 2/3 cup orzo mix)

Ingredients:

  • 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
  • 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

Directions:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

WW Freestyle SmartPoints:
6 per (1 chicken breast + 2/3 cup orzo mix) serving (SPs calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

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)

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)