Delicious and convenient, this baked-pasta dish is an irresistible all-in-one dinner. The Greek flavors in this dish are great with a fresh salad like our recipe for Fennel with Parsley, Parmesan, and Lemon. For a vegetarian main course, omit the chicken and use vegetable broth.

Everyday Food, November 2009


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Recipe Summary

10 mins
50 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a saucepan, bring broth, 3/4 cup water, butter, salt, and pepper to a boil. In a 3-quart baking dish, combine chicken, orzo, feta, dill, lemon zest and juice. Pour broth mixture over orzo and stir once to incorporate. Bake until orzo is tender and cooking liquid is creamy, 40 minutes. Sprinkle Parmesan on top and let stand 5 minutes before serving.


Reviews (9)

136 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 31
  • 4 star values: 50
  • 3 star values: 36
  • 2 star values: 14
  • 1 star values: 5
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This is one of my favorite recipes. Personally I don't think the 1 lb of chicken tenderloins is enough for an entire pound of orzo. If you use the orignal recipe go for 1.5-2 lbs of chicken.
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I made a variation tonight that came out awesome. I added finely diced shallot to the sauce pan and sauteed for about 5 min. In lieu of orzo, I used a rice blend of long grain brown rice and red quionua. I reduced the amount to 1 cup of rice and two 14 oz cans of chicken broth and omitted the extra water. Lastly I added about 6 sliced baby bella mushrooms. I had to increase the cooking time since it had rice. It thickened up nice and creamy after 50 minutes. Add the parmesan and cook 5 more min.
Rating: 5 stars
This recipe is great! Super easy and makes a lot of food, but works well as leftovers. I used 1 tablespoon of dried tyme instead of fresh, which worked great.
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We could not stop eating this! It is delicious, creamy and very easy to make. We will definitely make this regularly!
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I'm a vegetarian so I tried using Quorn tenders (for the first time) right out of the freezer. Delicious! The flavors were so well balanced and complemented each other. I've been eating leftovers for lunch and enjoying them very much. :D
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Wow! What an easy and delicious dish! I made it using a roasted chicken from the supermarket and served it with sides of spinach, hummus, and sliced pita bread. The flavors are so fresh and everyone in my family loved it! We will definitely be making this again! One tip - take the dish out of the oven at the end of the posted cooking time, then give the dish 20 minutes or so to rest and soak up the remaining juice. This way you won't overcook the orzo but the dish won't be too juicy, either.
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I fixed this for dinner the other night and it was well received. I am filling out the grocery list for next week and my wife indicated that if I did not have chicken, lemons and orzo on the list I should not come home. It was great.
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We really like this dish. Very quick and easy to make, which is great as I have small children and little time. We hold back on the dill a little, and my husband suggested adding a can of (rinsed) garbanzo beans, which is a great addition to this dish. Just gives it a little more protein and substance. I usually add a couple more ounces of feta too as we LOVE feta.