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Greek Orzo Chicken

Take your first bite and set sail for a dinner-table tour of the sunny Greek isles. Sprinkle lemon zest on top to give it a little extra flair. —Angela Buchanan, Longmont, Colorado
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 5-1/2 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 6 bone-in chicken thighs, (about 2-1/4 pounds), skin removed
  • 1 cup sliced fresh carrots
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 1/2 cup sliced pitted green olives
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese


  • In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine the chicken, carrots, broth, lemon juice, garlic, oregano and salt. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until chicken is tender.
  • Stir in the orzo, olives and raisins. Cover and cook 30 minutes longer or until pasta is tender. Sprinkle with parsley and feta cheese.
Nutrition Facts
1 chicken thigh with 1/2 cup orzo mixture: 391 calories, 14g fat (4g saturated fat), 93mg cholesterol, 783mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 31g protein.

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  • cburdette
    Aug 13, 2020

    Forgot to say I omitted the salt since I used chicken base. Added salt at table if needed!

  • CLB332
    Aug 9, 2020

    A heavy hand with the salt ?? I seasoned with salt & pepper then browned on both sides before putting into crock pot . I added some little chili flakes for some zip. I put too much salt on the chicken, then the salt from the green olives & feta cheese was too much. The pasta was seasoned well, the broth was yummy. It was different and tasty, beautiful presentation. I would not make again.

  • Debby
    Aug 8, 2020

    Not a slow cooker fan, how can I cook this in the oven? I also intend on using boneless chicken breasts. Thoughts and advise please.

  • Christie
    Feb 1, 2017

    Great recipe - i seasoned the thighs with salt and pepper before putting them into the slow cooker - if i had time i would have grilled or browned them a bit. I also added a teaspoon of chili flakes for a kick. I prefer to toast orzo in a bit of EVOO just to brown it - brings out a nutty flavour. Great recipe that I'll make again for sure!

  • rocklandmom
    Oct 3, 2015

    Delicious. This is a recipe that we will make again.