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Lemon-Roasted Chicken with Arugula Salad and Dilled Orzo

Work on the orzo and salad while the chicken roasts -- the whole meal will hit the table in about a half hour. When cut into small pieces and roasted at high heat, even bone-in chicken cooks quickly. Buy a cut-up chicken, and divide the breast halves into two at home.

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  • Servings: 4
  • Yield: Serves 4
Lemon-Roasted Chicken with Arugula Salad and Dilled Orzo

Source: Everyday Food, March 2008


  • 1 chicken (about 3 1/2 pounds), cut into 10 pieces
  • 6 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 2 lemons, quartered
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 cup orzo
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  • 3 bunches arugula (12 to 16 ounces total), thick stems removed, washed well


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Set a large saucepan of water to boil.

  2. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss together chicken, garlic, lemons, oregano, and 1 teaspoon oil; season with salt and pepper. Roast chicken, skin side up, until golden and cooked through, 25 to 30 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, generously salt boiling water. Add orzo, and cook until al dente; drain well, and return to saucepan. Add dill and 1 tablespoon oil; season with salt and pepper, and mix gently to combine.

  4. In a large bowl, whisk together vinegar and remaining 2 tablespoons oil; season with salt and pepper. When chicken and orzo are ready, add arugula to bowl; toss to coat. Drizzle chicken with pan juices, and serve with lemon wedges, orzo, and arugula salad.

Reviews (22)

  • sguiliano 8 Mar, 2011

    Easy and delicious! I serve the chicken, lemons and garlic over the orzo and add broccoll to the mix as well. So good!

  • Angelalina 5 Mar, 2011

    This was very tasty with lots of leftovers. Not always a huge fan of dill but it worked great with this recipe and with the orzo!

  • optic747 17 Oct, 2010

    Simple and delicious! I added toasted sliced almonds to the salad for extra crunch.

  • amberweishaar 18 Jan, 2010

    This was an easy and yummy meal. My husband isn't a fan of dill so I halved the amount?

  • prweiss65 1 Mar, 2009

    This was just okay. Easy, yes, but the chicken really didn't have much flaver except for the salt and pepper. The lemon really just roasted in the pan, but didn't flavor the chicken that well. The garlic was good but there wasn't enough of it. The orzo was okay, kind of bland. I think that fresh herbs, maybe basil or oregano and parsley, might have brightened it up more than dried dill did. (I served it with Broccoli Rabe sauteed in garlic, olive oil and that was awesome.)

  • Derailedlisa 2 Nov, 2008

    Impress your guests with this awesome dish! Fancy yet simple! Loved it, I have never cooked with lemons but wow what a nice tart blend!

  • chickyboo718 7 Aug, 2008

    Martha I love this dish very yummy!!!!
    Beth nyc

  • stewart_corinne 26 Jun, 2008

    Delicious and easy. I made this as a main dish and served it with pesto pasta, broccoli, and a strawberry and romaine salad, and bread and olive oil. I will make this dish frequently and would definitely serve it to guests!

  • ssakry 16 Apr, 2008

    Very very good, easy and versatile! I added cut fresh asparagus to the chicken, lemons and garlic and they roasted perfectly together. Would be great with roasted tomatoes and squash too! Highly recommend.

  • cookfromcali 12 Mar, 2008

    Very easy and delicious dinner. I used spinach for the salad since I prefer it over arugula. My 4 year old loved this dinner too. For him, I omitted the dill in the orzo and added parmesan cheese.

  • gourmande 9 Mar, 2008

    Quick, simple and delicious everyday fare that would be perfect for entertaining with just a few switch-ups. Have nade this chicken dish twice, once with the orzo and arugula salad, once with lemon and oregano roasted potatoes and roasted asparagus.

  • RichardSA 4 Mar, 2008

    Orzo is a rice shapped pasta. You can use any small pasta. Arugula is also called rocket. If you can't find it you could use watercress.

  • thebyrnes 4 Mar, 2008

    The chicken smells heavenly while cooking in the oven! And the orzo is delicious. Quick, easy dinner.

  • Molly_Cule 2 Mar, 2008

    It looks good but I am not familiar with orzo and arugula. What would be its counterpart or substitute here in the Philippines? Thanks.

  • shealennon 2 Mar, 2008

    Very easy to make but the results were delicious! I love the addition to dill in the orzo, it just freshens everything up! Maybe try with fresh dill next time? I would definitely make this again.

  • jltait 29 Feb, 2008

    BTW - "Strew" is a proper word.

  • JAFox 29 Feb, 2008

    Had this last time for dinner. It was awesome! Substituted salad mix for arugula and added chick peas.

  • debcarrier 29 Feb, 2008

    can this be done with chicken breasts?

  • sassycassy68 28 Feb, 2008

    Easy! and delicious. Be brave and have a dinner party with this one. The salad is great with strips of swiss. I didn't have left-overs of anything unfortunately. :)

  • stripeydots 27 Feb, 2008

    This is so simple, quick and delicious... ideal when a busy mom like me has to get a hearty dinner quickly on the table.

  • sbteri 25 Feb, 2008


  • william gilmore 22 Feb, 2008

    This is the perfect pull together meal. lemon, oregano and garlic - just perfect - double the orzo - for great left overs!

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