Grilled Chicken with Oregano and Lemon

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
20 mins

This simple weeknight supper gets a sunny lift from lemon and fresh oregano and a crunch from hazelnuts.


  • 4 large chicken cutlets or 8 small (about 1 pound total)

  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled

  • 2 sprigs plus 2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano

  • ½ lemon, quartered, plus 1 tablespoon lemon juice, plus wedges for serving (optional)

  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for grill

  • 1 cup orzo

  • ¼ cup toasted hazelnuts, chopped


  1. In a medium bowl, combine chicken, garlic, and oregano sprigs. Add lemon quarters, squeezing juice into bowl as you go; season with salt and pepper. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 30 minutes.

  2. Set a medium pot of salted water to boil. Heat grill pan or grill to medium-high. Clean and lightly oil hot grill. Remove chicken from marinade and grill until cooked through, about 3 minutes total, flipping once. Transfer cutlets to a platter and tent with foil to keep warm.

  3. Meanwhile, cook orzo according to package instructions. Drain orzo and transfer to a medium bowl. Stir in chopped oregano, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, oil, and hazelnuts; season with salt and pepper. Serve chicken and orzo with lemon wedges if desired.

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