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Lemon Chicken with Feta Orzo

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Weeknight dinner doldrums? This Greek-inspired Lemon Chicken will snap you out of it. We’ve paired garlicky, lemony chicken with salty, herbaceous orzo to wake up your palate and get you through the week. This dish is easy enough for a weeknight but also elegant enough for weekend entertaining. And, as always, we use every possible bit of our ingredients, right down to the garlic paper and feta water. Waste not one scrap!


  • 1 cup orzo (or more if desired)
  • 7 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 0.25 oz. feta cheese (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 cup feta water
  • 7 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp. Aleppo chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp. dried dill
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • salt (staples)
  • pepper (staples)
  • olive oil (staples)
  • 3 Tbsp. butter (staples)
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    1. Equipment: large pan for chicken, small pot for orzo, grater, strainer
    2. In your small pot, add water and season heavily with salt. Once the water is boiling, add the orzo to the pot.
    3. Place your large pan over high heat. Grab your chicken thighs and season both sides generously with salt and pepper. Drizzle the pan with olive oil and add 1 tablespoon of butter. Add the chicken thighs to the hot pan.
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    Calories550Calories from Fat190
    Total Fat21g32%
    Saturated Fat8g40%
    Trans Fat
    Calories from Fat190
    Total Carbohydrate42g14%
    Dietary Fiber4g16%
    Vitamin A15%
    Vitamin C45%

    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


    Aimee M. 2 months ago
    Orzo is the star! I followed the recipe exactly chicken turned out great! I served it with steamed asparagus and drizzled some of the sauce from the chicken pan on the asparagus. Amazing! But the star is the feta orzo. Holy smokes is that stuff good!! I will definitely be making the whole recipe again!!
    Jade 2 months ago
    Very delicious family loved it
    Michele Rosa 3 months ago
    Amazing. The only thing I would do differently is add a little less pepper and dill. For us it was a bit much but still a keeper.
    AnnMarie 3 months ago
    ok, written instructions not clear. im not a fan of the Guided Recipes. i want details in writing. this recipe never said to turn down the heat from high. so.....????
    ufyccy 3 months ago
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    T Downs 3 months ago
    I added more feta, spinach and sundried tomatoes to the pasta. I will definitely make this again.
    Burroughs 4 months ago
    it was awesome! tender and super tastey
    cassie hoskisson 4 months ago
    wonderful. mild chili pepper is definitely a win. let one side of the chicken get more cooked than the other side, gives it a good crunch
    Ashley Troup 4 months ago
    Delicious! I used boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into strips and the whole family loved it!
    Dominique 4 months ago
    Made this in 20 Minutes, taste was lovely. I´d personally prefer normal chicken breasts over thights. But the combination of flavors are so good!
    Tim B. 6 months ago
    Delicious Would for sure make again
    miranda s. 8 months ago
    its so good. we used what we had in the pantry so chicken breast instead of thighs and parm instead of feta. since i didnt have the feta water i added some chicken broth to the sauce mixture. after the breasts were fully cooked i sliced them up ans let them sinmer a bit longer in the juices. so delicious and definetly will make again!
    Lilly 9 months ago
    So delicious and easy! The chicken was so tender and moist and the dill was a fresh flavor. I substituted rice for orzo since I’m gluten-free and it worked well. 5 stars!
    MB 9 months ago
    Could not get this right for some reason and consider myself a decent cook I will chalk it up to not being a lemon fan but The texture of the feta on the noodles was a little too sloppy and didn’t feel like the taste was interesting enough Again this is just my experience :/
    Jaron 9 months ago
    Feta and lemon go so well together!
    Devon Guerrero 10 months ago
    I like everything but the Orzo. It lacked flavour to me.
    Gloria Pennycook 10 months ago
    Excellent easy used blue cheese because that’s why I had really good
    Paije Croghan 10 months ago
    Delicious! Will definitely be making again!
    Deborah D. 10 months ago
    it was delish! Easy to make.
    maria malora 10 months ago
    It became one of our favorites in my family!! Delicious!!
    Jo Aragon 10 months ago
    Overall. Loved the flavors. Used a different chili powder with a dash of cayenne. Really brightened the flavor of orzo. I had to double recipe for my family so I’m always mindful that in doubling sometimes I have to add more or less of something not completely doubled and so I didn’t have enough chicken even with 15 chicken thighs. Would prefer in any recipe that an approx. weight would be included or an interpretation of “med. onion” as related to size or amount. Also, in my opinion. 6 mins per side for chicken is too long. Again with an understanding of size would help.
    Judith Maring 10 months ago
    I used fresh dill and chicken breast, great dish.
    D D a year ago
    The proportions for the orzo seasoning seem to be off, came out way to spicy. Chicken and the sauce were really good though.
    Cook Destroyer a year ago
    Accidentally salted too much but still very yummy. So is the dude in the video. I mean wot
    Mina Nakawake a year ago
    turned out amazing! I used paprika and cayenne instead of the chili powder and it was so good! my picky brother loved it!
    Theresa Eades a year ago
    was very Delicious!! will be a go to recipe
    Kristy Bikadi a year ago
    Awesome & so easy to make!
    It was really good! I’m not going to use thighs again because the prep was difficult and they don’t look as appealing as chicken breast. I also subbed chicken broth for the wine which made it more rich
    Kathy Hobbs a year ago
    This was really yummy! I didn’t have the wine or the chili powder. I used low sodium chicken broth and left out the chili powder. I love lemons and this definitely had lots of lemon flavor. Oh, I also took the skin off the garlic and chopped slightly. I just couldn’t handle leaving the skins on! 🤓I fixed the rest as is. I will use more feta in the orzo next time. Loved the touch of dill.
    It was ok i honestly thought that feta water was a typo. My feta is always dry so i had to skip that.