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One Skillet Lemon Butter Dijon Chicken and Orzo with Feta Sauce, the perfect winter dinner…quick, easy, colorful and delicious! Pan-seared dijon chicken with lemon butter, cooked together with orzo pasta for an all-in-one dinner. Go that extra step and serve drizzled with a delicious creamy feta sauce. A dinner that everyone at the table will love.

One Skillet Lemon Butter Dijon Chicken and Orzo with Feta Sauce |

I think the day I got my first Staub skillet was the day I created the “one skillet” dinner. Not saying I invented the one skillet dinner by any means. Just that that I invented it for myself that day. It was many, many years ago. But ever since then I’ve made countless one skillet dinners in my Staub pan. It’s a method of cooking I fall back on weekly.

Throwing everything in the same skillet just makes sense. For one, you’re saving dishes by avoiding using multiple pans. But even more importantly, you’re creating a dish that’s full of flavor. When you cook everything together, the flavors are able to blend, making every element of the recipe delicious.

Of course, with this recipe I created one extra step with that feta sauce. But trust me, it’s worth it!

One Skillet Lemon Butter Dijon Chicken and Orzo with Feta Sauce |

The process – cook the chicken

Season the chicken with Dijon, garlic, shallots, a bit of rosemary and some paprika. I like to sear the chicken to give it a nice crisped base. Then I toss it in a little butter, add some lemon slices, and let everything cook up along side the chicken. The butter browns and everything smells delicious.

Next, pull the chicken and lemon out out of the skillet, then add the orzo and broth. Stir in the kale…or you could also use spinach. Then slide the chicken into the orzo and throw the whole skillet into the oven to finish cooking.

One Skillet Lemon Butter Dijon Chicken and Orzo with Feta Sauce |

Make the feta sauce

I couldn’t share this recipe without including a sauce. You all know how it goes around here, never enough sauce. Enter my feta sauce. It’s whipped feta cheese with a bit of yogurt, lemon, and if you have some fresh herbs on hand, toss those in too.

The salty feta creates an addicting sauce. Every spoonful is delicious, but it’s especially great over this dijon chicken.

One Skillet Lemon Butter Dijon Chicken and Orzo with Feta Sauce |

It’s a real crowd pleaser, and comes out of the oven looking pretty and smells even more delicious. I threw some fresh dill on top for color and served the chicken and orzo right out of the skillet.

Perfect for easy weeknight dinners or even entertaining. It really brightens the table on a cold winter day!

One Skillet Lemon Butter Dijon Chicken and Orzo with Feta Sauce |

Looking for other easy weeknight dinners? Here are some favorites.

Easy Greek Sheet Pan Chicken Souvlaki and Potatoes

Browned Garlic Butter Creamed Corn Cheese Ravioli

One Skillet Cheesy Broccoli Cheddar Orzo Bake

Lastly, if you make this One Skillet Lemon Butter Dijon Chicken and Orzo with Feta Sauce, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

One Skillet Lemon Butter Dijon Chicken and Orzo with Feta Sauce

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 530 kcal

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  • 1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
    2. In a bowl, mix 2 tablespoons olive oil, Dijon mustard, 3 cloves garlic, 1 shallot, rosemary, paprika, and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Add the chicken and toss well to combine.
    3. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken. Sear on both sides until golden, 3-5 minutes. During the last 2 minutes of cooking, add the butter and lemon slices. Remove everything from the skillet.
    4. Add the orzo, 1 shallot, and 1 clove of garlic. Cook until the orzo is toasted, about 2 minutes. Add the broth, kale, and 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil over high heat. Slide the chicken, lemon slices, and any juices left on the pan back into the skillet. Bake, uncovered for 15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
    5. Meanwhile, make the feta sauce. Combine the feta, yogurt, garlic, and lemon juice in a blender and blend until creamy. Stir in the paprika, and a pinch of red pepper flakes. If desired, thin with additional lemon juice.
    6. Serve the chicken and orzo topped with the feta sauce and dill.
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  1. 4 stars
    I enjoyed this recipe! I made it as written (but cut in half for 2 servings). Next time I would reduce the lemon, decrease the broth just a bit and bake for 12-15 (mine was a tad soupy and pasta was more cooked than my preference). I liked the feta sauce, but it was just too much lemon-so I’d probably just sprinkle feta on the casserole during the last few minutes of baking. The chicken was amazing! So juicy.

  2. Love the recipe, but I think the recipe ingredient list needs to be updated? I bought two lemons because I saw the 1 lemon sliced and 1 lemon juiced in the list, but looking at the step by step directions we probably need at least 3 lemons.

    1. Hi Ri,
      Happy Friday!! Thanks a lot for giving this recipe a try and sharing your feedback, I love to hear that it was enjoyed!! I will go back to add 3 lemons:) xT

    1. Hi Rose,
      Yes, you could, it’s just going to take longer to cook, arborio rice would probably be your best option! Let me know if you give the recipe a try, I hope you love it! xx

  3. 5 stars
    This is an amazing flavor combination! I think I went a little too heavy on the feta in the sauce but it is still incredible on top of the skillet. If anyone is on the fence about it, I’d definitely recommend to go the extra step and make the feta sauce because it elevates the flavors so much.

    1. Hi Katelyn,
      Wonderful!! Thank you so much for making the recipe, I am so glad to hear that it was enjoyed!! Have the best week:) xxT