Mediterranean Chicken with Orzo

Mediterranean Chicken with Orzo

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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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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


    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


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.


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).

Member Ratings For This Recipe

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    47 of 48 people found this review helpful
    For those who have never had'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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    34 of 34 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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    27 of 28 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
    23 of 27 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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    19 of 23 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