Greek Lemon Chicken and Orzo
Greek Lemon Chicken and Orzo – EASY, ready in 25 minutes, and feeds a crowd!! Juicy lemon chicken with orzo, fresh spinach, cucumbers, and tomatoes make this a dinnertime WINNER! Great for parties, picnics, and potlucks!!
This easy Greek lemon chicken is so flavorful and juicy. Combined with al dente orzo, cucumbers, tomatoes, and fresh spinach, you’ve got yourself a perfect summery meal that’s ready in 25 minutes.
It also feeds a crowd so it’s perfect for picnics, potlucks, and parties. Put it on your Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, and graduation party menu and you will have happy friends and family members.
How To Make the Greek Lemon Chicken and Orzo (Pasta Salad)
I almost called this ‘Greek Lemon Chicken Pasta Salad’ since orzo is short-grain pasta after all, and since there are plenty of fresh vegetables, but since you can eat it warm or chilled, I kept ‘salad’ off the title. But in my mind, it’s a pasta salad perfect for this time of year, but I digress.
First boil the orzo and while that’s going, sauté an onion with the chicken and seasoning it generously with salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, oregano, and garlic. Don’t be afraid if the chicken looks almost over-seasoned in the pan.
Because after the chicken is done, and the orzo is done and drained, combine them. All the seasoning from the chicken mingles with the pound of orzo and all is well.
Next add fresh spinach, cucumber, tomatoes, lemon zest, lemon juice, and season with salt and pepper. Don’t be afraid to add sufficient salt and pepper since this dish is a zillion times better when properly seasoned and also because you have a boat load of food.
Add crumbled feta for a classic Greek touch. If you add it when the chicken and orzo are still warm, it will likely melt. If you want to retain visible crumbles, wait a bit until things have cooled down. Either way, the taste is the same, it’s just a visual consideration.
Finally, drizzle in additional olive oil, to taste. This enhances the flavor and it prevents the orzo from sticking as it cools.
How Does The Greek Lemon Chicken and Orzo Taste?
The orzo is perfectly al dente, the chicken is lemony and juicy, and the dish has so much flavor thanks to the lemon juice, lemon zest, Italian seasoning, oregano, garlic, and onions.
The feta cheese is so well-suited for this recipe. It pairs excellently with the lemon notes in this dish and even if you’re not the biggest feta fan, don’t skip it here. It really makes the finished dish taste even better.
The fresh spinach, cucumbers, and tomatoes are a welcome addition that perfectly contrast the cooked pasta and chicken.
Since this is a ‘pasta salad’, there are no rules in my book about what substitutions or additions you can make.
Fresh basil, green onions, red bell peppers, zucchini, marinated artichokes, and olives are just a few additions that would be lovely.
I used English cucumbers and grape tomatoes but if you have a garden full of regular cucumber (or zucchini) and regular tomatoes, go for it. This salad will help you enjoy the bounty of your garden.
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- Italian Chicken Pasta Salad – Easy, ready in 20 minutes, and healthy! Bursting with fresh flavors from juicy tomatoes, cucumber, basil, parmesan, and tender chicken tossed in a tangy lemon vinaigrette!
- Chicken Orzo Salad – Juicy chicken tossed with orzo, tomatoes, cucumbers, basil, and a super flavorful lemon vinaigrette!! Easy, healthy, ready in 30 minutes, and a perfect way to use your garden fresh veggies!!
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 388 Total Fat: 13g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 79mg Sodium: 977mg Carbohydrates: 37g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 8g Protein: 31g
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Italian Chicken Pasta Salad – Easy, ready in 20 minutes, and healthy! Bursting with fresh flavors from juicy tomatoes, cucumber, basil, parmesan, and tender chicken tossed in a tangy lemon vinaigrette!
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Smoky Chicken, Peppers, and Spinach Pasta Salad – Juicy chicken, crisp bell peppers and pasta with smoked paprika! Fast, easy, healthy and a hit with everyone! Great for picnics, potlucks, or easy weeknight dinners!
Chinese Chicken Pasta Salad – Big juicy chicken chunks and texture galore from the rainbow of crispy veggies! Fast, easy, fresh and healthy! Great for picnics, potlucks, and easy dinners!
Lemon, Sun-Dried Tomato, and Almond Quinoa Salad – Fast, easy, and fresh! Bright flavors and loads of texture! This clean-eating salad keeps you full and satisfied! Healthy never tasted so good!
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