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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 337.7
  • Total Fat: 4.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 70.2 mg
  • Sodium: 451.5 mg
  • Total Carbs: 39.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3.4 g
  • Protein: 34.0 g

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Mediterranean Chicken with Orzo

Submitted by: CHEF_MEG
Mediterranean Chicken with Orzo

Introduction

Parsley and capers add flavor to this veggie-packed, heart-healthy dish. Parsley and capers add flavor to this veggie-packed, heart-healthy dish.
Number of Servings: 4

Ingredients

    16 oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    2 garlic cloves, chopped
    18 oz low-sodium chicken stock
    1 1/2 t Italian seasoning
    2 zucchini, quartered, sliced in half and chopped
    2 plum tomatoes, chopped
    1 bell pepper, chopped
    1 c orzo or other small pasta
    1 T parsley, chopped
    1 T capers, drained and rinsed

Tips

Orzo is rice-shaped pasta. You can swap it for any other small pasta, pearled barley, or quinoa.
One pound of chicken will yield approximately 12 ounces cooked meat.


Directions

Recipe makes four 3-ounce servings of cooked chicken with one heaping cup of vegetables and orzo.

Place chicken in a plastic bag or on a cutting board. Pound with a meat mallet, rolling pin, or flat side of pan to even the flesh to 3/4 inch of thickness. Spray a 10-inch skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium high heat. Add chicken; saute for 5-7 minutes or until meat is browned on both sides. Add garlic, seasonings, and broth to skillet. Bring to a simmer. Add orzo and cover with a tight fitting lid. Simmer for 6 minutes. Stir in vegetables and continue to simmer for an additional 2 minutes. Toss in drained capers and chopped parsley.

Try serving this with steamed broccolini (calories not included).






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  • 44 of 46 people found this review helpful
    For those who have never had orzo...it's pasta. Small rice-shaped pasta. Tastes like any other type of pasta, as it's made from the same ingredients. - 1/31/10

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  • Incredible!
    26 of 26 people found this review helpful
    Easy to make but, I did alter it. After adding the broth, spices & garlic, and simmering a bit, I removed the chicken. Then I added the orzo, simmered it a bit more, added the veggies simmered it a bit more. I cut up the chicken breast, added it back in, simmered a little more. WOW! Moist chicken - 1/4/11

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  • Incredible!
    24 of 24 people found this review helpful
    We loved this! I don't buy premade Italian seasoning, so I used abundant oregano, basil, fresh-ground pepper, salt, & a bit of red pepper flakes. Like Ponderful, I cooked the veggies more than 2 minutes. We had never used orzo before, & my husband assumed it was rice (which we DO eat a lot). Yum! - 9/14/09

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  • Very Good
    21 of 24 people found this review helpful
    I made this recipe using barley, instead of orzo. My family has never tasted orzo, so didn't want to chance it. Came out very good. will make again using the barley. - 9/10/09

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  • O.K.
    17 of 20 people found this review helpful
    This was good but a little bland. I added some salt and black pepper and that helped out a lot. I garnished it with just a sprinkle of shredded parmesan cheese, which also helped. I also subbed olives for the capers since we're not big fans of them in my house. - 9/21/09

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  • Incredible!
    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
    Delicious and fresh-tasting! I made it with whole wheat Israeli couscous (it's about orzo-sized) instead of the orzo. I followed RuthXG's tips to replace italian seasoning. I also replaced some of the zucchini with eggplant (peeled and diced). I loved the flavor burst of the capers! - 2/9/10

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  • Very Good
    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
    Very good! Even my kids loved it! We did sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top which gave it the extra flavor it nedded. - 10/1/09

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  • Incredible!
    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
    This was a great recipe. I used asparagus chopped up instead of the zucchini. It tasted great! - 2/14/11

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  • Incredible!
    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
    Great, I substitued sliced black olives for the capers and added anice seeds. - 3/6/10

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  • Incredible!
    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
    This is a keeper!
    It's easy, tasty, and colorful. - 1/16/10

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  • Good
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Pretty good. The recipe should be amended to include chopping the pepper. I added some Mrs. Dash because I was afraid the dish would be bland. I also cooked the veggies and orzo for 5 minutes instead of two. Not necessarily a keeper, but not bad. - 8/13/09

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  • Very Good
    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
    This was a good and filling recipe. I felt good after eating with no guilt. - 1/9/10

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  • Very Good
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Very enjoyable! I doubled up on the bell peppers and added another zucchini. We really like our veggies. Good all-in-one meal. - 6/30/10

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I think I will try it with olive oil instead of spray & a wee bit more garlic, because I just love garlic. - 3/6/11

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I made Meg's Mediterranean chicken yesterday, had a girlfriend over to try it with me, and we both loved it! I substituted the Orzo with Acini de pepe (Italian pasta) and black olives. Didn't care for the capers, but friend loved it all. - 8/9/10

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  • 2 of 4 people found this review helpful
    sounds great - will be making it. I think a little feta cheese will be nice (it's the Greek in me) - 8/4/10

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  • Very Good
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I made this last night. It was pretty tasy. The leftovers were excellent for lunch after the flavors sank in even more. - 5/5/10

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    !his sounds like what's for dinner tonight. For anyone that might be interested, there is also whole wheat orzo out there. It's a little pricey for a large plastic jar but it goes a long way! - 8/23/12

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  • Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I made this the last night, did not add the capers but added onions and more veggies and therefore cooked it longer. My son and I enjoyed it, but my husband thought it was terribly bland. - 2/24/12

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I thought this was really good, cooked my veggies a little longer, to cook the zucchini. I let it sit a little bit so the Orzo would soak up some of the liquid. Will only use 16 oz of broth next time. Husband loved the veggie mix with the Orzo! - 12/29/11

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I can taste this already...I love all the ingredients...add a salad...yum yum!! - 6/27/10

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    My dad was from Greece & this was a regular dish in my house growing up. I love it - 5/22/10

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  • 1 of 11 people found this review helpful
    Will try soon. - 11/19/09

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  • Julia . although Kyle `s storry is flabbergasting, last thursday I bought a top of the range audi after having made $8875 this last five weeks and just over 10-k this past month . it's definitly my favourite job Ive had . I began this three months/ago and practically straight away started earning ov - 9/26/14

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  • Excellent recipe! Will be cooking this often.

    I used ground turkey in place of the chicken. - 8/11/14

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  • I did not like this it was to bland.

    - 12/26/13

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  • Being 50% Greek & 50% Italian I grew up eating orzo. I changed the Italian seasoning to Greek & it was fantastic! - 3/7/13

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  • I also used basil, oregano and crushed red for Italian seasoning. Put over coucous as I was out of orz. - 1/31/13

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  • Our entire family loved this! SO GOOD and a great way to sneak the veggies in for the kids. - 1/17/13

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  • My whole family loved this. I only used 1/2 cup of orzo for 6 people and even the kids ate all the vegetables, - 1/11/13

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  • The italian seasoning added a lot of favor. I was afraid the vegetables would be too undercooked, but they were just right. I used a Dutch oven instead of skillet. Good, easy one pot dinner. - 1/7/13

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  • Bad
    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Bland and needs some healthy fat to lower the glycemic load from the empty-carb pasta. - 11/8/12

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  • This was delicious, and it was simple to make. We will have this as a go-to meal. Loved it. - 11/4/12

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  • Added a bit of tomato sauce, only one zucchini, forgot tomatoes, and no capers. Topped with some cheese and it was pretty good. Not great, but definitely good. - 10/1/12

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  • Thought this was very good, might try alittle pepper next time but other then that it was really good. Loved the veggies and the tomatoes were prefect. Used cherry tomatoes because it was what I had on hand. - 9/13/12

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  • This recipe was very good. I forgot I had capers so I added kalamata olives instead. My husband asked me to definitely keep the recipe and make it again. He went back for seconds. - 8/30/12

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  • Doubled the chicken because I wanted leftovers. Worked fine with remaining ingredients as given. The capers are an important ingredient to this dish. Will make again while the veggies are in season. - 8/24/12

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  • This was excellent, and it was so easy to prepare! It is an addition to our favorites!
    - 8/23/12

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  • This sounds superb! - 8/23/12

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  • Excellent!!! - 8/22/12

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  • I love orzo and really thought this dish would highlight it. NOPE. Like others said, its bland and didn't come out as expected (although I followed the receipe). Its edible but I won't be making this again. - 8/20/12

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  • A little dry - 7/26/12

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  • I've made this and it is very good. I did add more italian seasonings because we like garlic etc. We don't like these veggies over cooked, so the directions were just right! - 7/19/12

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  • Fantastic. My husband asked if I could make it again the next night too! - 7/2/12

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  • We made this with chicken less strips from Trader joe's - very tasty! I was hesitent at first not having been able to cook orzo as well,this time however, it was perfect, Oh skipped the capers to reduce sodium and topped with steamed broccolini!! - 5/2/12

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  • yum - 4/6/12

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Long ago orzo was made from barley, now it is made from pasta. - 4/6/12

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  • my husband and son also enjoyed it. You know it's good when a 17-year-old compliments the dish! - 4/4/12

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  • SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD RECIPE FOR TOMORROW . THANKS FOR SHARING. - 3/25/12

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  • Good. - 3/19/12

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  • I don't even like zucchini and most vegetables, but this was fantastic! Thanks Chef Meg. - 3/17/12

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  • really like the idea of adding capers for the extra flavor! - 3/17/12

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  • subed whole wheat elbows for orzo - 3/17/12

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  • I had orzo for the first time this past weekend. Had it in a restaurant where they served with tilapia. To the orzo, they added spinach, garlic and sundried tomatoes. I could have eaten a bucketful! lol Wasn't a "weigh me down" pasta but satisfied my pasta craving. Can't wait to try this - 3/5/12

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  • Im goingtotry itsoon as ableto gtcouple needed ingredients. thakyou. - 2/24/12

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  • I bet this would taste good with cous cous instead of orzo too.

    Jem - 2/16/12

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  • The chicken in the picture, sure doesn't look like chicken that has been pounded and quantity definitely appears to be greater than 3 oz. It doesn't do much good to put out recipes that give the consumer a greater expectation than what the final product delivers. Promise less, deliver more ... - 2/16/12

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  • Pretty good meal! Used about double the chicken broth to keep it moist, skipped the capers, used 1/2 can diced italian tomatoes, 1 zuccini and 1 yellow squash. Simple to make and we both really enjoyed the flavor and the leftovers! Will add to my recipe collection. Thanks! - 1/24/12

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  • Easy & Great, we loved it. - 1/21/12

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  • Made it with extra bell peppers instead of the zucchini and the orzo and veggies were delicious. But, the chicken itself I thought was only so so, kind of dry. - 1/5/12

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  • I'm confused. The ingredient list says 16 oz. of chicken, but it says it makes 4 servings of 3 oz. each--which only equals 12. Where are the other 4 oz. of chicken? Am I missing something? - 11/15/11

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  • love, love this...sooo good - 11/15/11

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  • Really yummy! I made this with whole wheat orzo, so added a bit more chicken stock and cooked a little bit longer. Very flavorful, and froze well for a "make ahead" meal. Definitely will be making it again. - 11/2/11

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  • A really nice effortless dish that tastes great. I added a few more veggies and it really came out great. - 10/14/11

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  • I made this with a can of "olive oil and garlic" diced tomatoes. It was incredible! I think without that, I would've doubled the garlic. I also seasoned the chicken with a steak spice, pepper, and oregano before cooking. And I rub all of my dried herbs to get more flavour out of them. - 10/2/11

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  • quick easy and very good - 9/29/11

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  • The orzo stands alone - the vegetables have just the right doneness. I would make this to serve with fish, pork or beef. The chicken was dry and maybe needs less cook time. I added about 1/2 of a chopped onion to the broth. Also, I sprinkled with grated parmeson at the table (2 Tbsp). - 9/29/11

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  • What can be substituted for the orzo? My husband has Celiac's disease and I think he would like this recipe. I was thinking of substituting brown rice. Please let me know! - 9/21/11

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  • delicious. would definately make it again. - 8/31/11

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  • I was not impressed with this recipe. It lacked flavor and just didn't have the wow factor. I will not make it again. - 8/19/11

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  • My family LOVED this dish! - 8/18/11

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  • This sounds amazing.. we love orzo AND chicken. A great combo! - 8/16/11

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  • another good one to add to the chicken book - 8/16/11

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  • Very Good
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Thanks for clarifying what orzo is. It's hard to read a recipe that you don't know all the ingredients. - 8/16/11

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  • This dish has all the ingredients I love. It's a keeper! - 8/16/11

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  • This was so good! Even better when you use fresh herbs. My husband isn't a big fan of chicken but he asked when I'd make it again! - 8/16/11

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  • Here's something I've been making every week, for years! I replace the tomatoes with stewed ones, and the orzo with onions. Great over egg noodles or rice. Don't forget the grated cheese! - 8/16/11

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  • I made this last night and it was alright. The fresh veggies were nice and we like orzo, but the dish itself is just kinda boring. Not enough flavor. - 7/20/11

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  • Merely okay - 7/16/11

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  • sounds great and easy ! i will try this! - 7/6/11

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  • This was good, but I halved everything in the recipe except for the veggies, added a summer squash and a green pepper, and skipped out on the parsley and capers. I read all the other comments about blandness so I added plenty of extra spices, including crushed red pepper, which gave it a nice kick! - 6/22/11

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  • A little bland but increasing the amount of the seasonings and a little pepper couldn’t help. - 6/9/11

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  • Very tasty and easy!!! - 6/8/11

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  • Easy, but not my fave. Also couldn't get the hubby to buy in on the zucchinni. - 5/14/11

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  • Was lovely, I translated zucchini as aubergine and not courgette. Was still lovely though despite the wrong ingrediant - 4/26/11

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  • Great quick dinner! Delicious. I did do a minor change. I used one zucchini and instead of a second zucchini I added asparagus instead. Sprinkled parmesan cheese on top. And I left out the capers. All my family liked it! Will definitely be making this again! - 4/20/11

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  • Loved it!! My whole family ate this meal which is impressive because my 5 and 3 year old can be very picky! - 4/17/11

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  • I made this dish last night..it was awesome. The flavors were so fresh. I used whole-wheat orzo for an even healthier dish. I also cooked boneless chicken thighs and breasts on an iron grill indoors and served it on the side. - 3/29/11

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  • I can't wait to try this. I am always looking for new ways to fix chicken. - 3/24/11

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  • bravo! - 3/21/11

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  • yum - 3/16/11

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  • YUMMY IT IS A KEEPER - 3/16/11

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  • 0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    sounds good will try - 3/12/11

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  • We enjoyed this but it was a little bland. Pepper and salt helped. I like the idea of a little parmesan sprinkled on. I will try that next time - 3/2/11

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  • This was tasting and very satisfying! - 3/1/11

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  • 0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    will try this.... - 2/28/11

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  • 0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Was looking for something different for dinner tonight, this fits the bill! - 2/26/11

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  • 0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Everything Mediterranean is good. Is the USA the only FAT country in the world? As food gets more and more expensive will we challenge the others? - 2/25/11

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  • 0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    this is lunch and dinner for the weekend. I will add onions, replace one zucchini and add small Japanese eggplant. - 2/25/11

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  • 0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I'm always looking for good chicken recipes and love orzo ... looking forward to trying this one. Looking over the recipe, the ingredients look "right on!" Thanks Chef Meg. I love your recipes. - 2/20/11

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