One-Pot Chicken Thighs and Orzo

Pot filled with chicken and orzo
Photography by Brian Wetzstein | Food styling by Donna Coates and Linda Hall

The classic Greek dish Kotopoulo Yiouvetsi gets a modern twist with whole-wheat orzo, canned tomatoes and feta instead of kefalotyri cheese.

SERVING SIZE: 1 thigh and 1 cup orzo and sauce (310 grams)
PREP TIME: 10 minutes
COOKING TIME: 45 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons (30 milliliters) extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1½ pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1 cup diced bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 4 grams
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 cup whole-wheat orzo
  • ¼ cup (60 milliliters) apple cider
  • 1 28-ounce can no-salt-added diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup (240 milliliters) low-sodium chicken stock
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Heat a Dutch oven or heavy oven-safe pot on the stove over medium-high heat.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon oil and heat about 30 seconds.
  4. Add chicken and brown for 2 minutes.
  5. Turn over chicken and brown for another 2 minutes.
  6. Remove chicken from pot, place on a plate and set aside.
  7. Add remaining olive oil, onion and pepper to the pot and sauté for about 5 minutes.
  8. Add garlic and sauté for about 1 minute.
  9. Add oregano, cinnamon, salt, pepper, cumin and orzo and sauté for 1 minute, stirring continuously.
  10. Add cider and deglaze pot by stirring continuously and scraping up any brown bits from the bottom.
  11. Add tomatoes and stock and stir well.
  12. Return chicken to the pot and stir.
  13. Place pan in the oven (uncovered) and bake 30 minutes.
  14. Stir once halfway through cooking time.
  15. To serve, top with feta cheese and parsley.

NUTRITION PER SERVING: 270 calories, 13g total fat, 4g saturated fat, 111mg cholesterol, 640mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate, 3g fiber, 8g sugar, 23g protein, N/A potassium, N/A phosphorus

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