Looking for an easy and delicious dinner? Try this Healthy Mediterranean Chicken Orzo Recipe! Made with simple ingredients like cherry tomatoes, whole wheat orzo, and olives, this dish is packed with flavor and done in under 30 minutes!
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Have I mentioned lately how much I love easy one pan dinners? Especially when they’re packed with crazy amounts of flavor and come together in under 30 minutes? Cause I do. They make life a breeze! That’s why I love this Healthy Mediterranean Chicken Orzo. It has the simplest ingredients, but somehow packs SERIOUS amounts of flavor. Sweet grape tomatoes, white wine, briny olives + salty feta all combine with orzo (the most underrated pasta) and pan seared chicken for the most epic dinner that is easy and tastes amazing!
One of my goals for 2018 was to make things simpler. Whether it’s creating easier recipes, staying organized, minimizing my possessions… I want simplicity in ALL aspects of my life. (And I think a lot of you can relate)
I like to think that a majority of my recipes are pretty easy to make. I personally don’t have hours to spend over the stove stirring, sautéing and experimenting with food. And I know you guys don’t either! Thats WHY I keep it simple.
But I have found over the years that for a lot of people, eating healthy isn’t exactly simple and doesn’t come naturally to them. For some people – it’s really confusing and hard! Gluten free, grain free, soy free might make your head spin. And I totally understand that.
You don’t have to do a a special diet. You don’t have to go paleo, vegan, gluten free, or dairy free. You can eat whatever you want that makes you feel good! For me – that’s what comes to mind when I think of simplicity and food. There are no ‘rules’ or long recipe lists with a million ingredients.. Just yummy, simple food. That’s what this Healthy Mediterranean Chicken Orzo is, and I think you’re gonna love it!
This one pan wonder couldn’t be easier to make, and it is incredibly yummy. The combo of ingredients is just DELISH!
Things we used for this recipe
If you are someone that is following paleo, or whole 30.. don’t worry – I still have you in mind. A simple swap is just skipping the orzo and subbing cauliflower rice and leaving off the feta. That’s it!
This recipe is perfect for sharing with family + friends. It’s hearty enough to leave you feeling full, but also light enough that you won’t feel totally stuffed. I totally love it!
Healthy One Pan Mediterranean Chicken Orzo
Looking for an easy and delicious dinner? Try this Healthy One Pan Mediterranean Chicken Orzo Recipe! It's packed with flavor and so simple to make!
- 2 tbsp olive oil (separated)
- 1 lb chicken breasts, sliced thin + pounded
- 1 cup whole wheat orzo (dry)
- 1/2 tbsp garlic, minced
- 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
- 1/2 cup kalamata olives, pitted + sliced into small pieces
- 1/4 cup white wine
- 1 cup chopped spinach
- 1/4 cup pine nuts (optional if nut free)
- 1 tbsp basil, chopped
- 1 tbsp parsley, chopped
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 1/2 cup feta (optional, for garnish)
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
Bring a small pan of water to a boil. In a separate large skillet or pan heat 1 tbsp olive oil. Season chicken with pepper to taste and cook until it is golden brown, about 5-7 minutes on each side. Remove from pan and set off to the side
While chicken is cooking, add orzo to boiling water and cook orzo per directions on package
Once chicken has been removed from the pan, add additional tbsp olive oil to the pan and heat. Stir in garlic and cook over medium heat for 1 minute. Stir in cherry tomatoes and white wine. Cook on high until soft + wine begins to reduce (approximately 3 minutes)
Once tomatoes are cooked, stir in cooked orzo, kalamata olives, spinach, spices and pine nuts together in the pan. Toss until combined
Serve the chicken on top of the orzo, garnish with feta + enjoy!
Nutrition Facts: Calories: Fat: 32g, Carbs : 41g, Protein: 47g
You can see the nutrition facts for this recipe on My Fitness Pal.