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Slow Cooker Mustard Herb Chicken and Creamy Orzo. Turning a classic dinner recipe into an easy slow cooker meal using white wine, creamy Dijon mustard, fresh herbs, parmesan cheese, and orzo. I even added in some vibrant broccoli for veggies and color. This slow-cooked chicken dinner is a hearty and delicious meal to come home to at the end of a busy day. And the best part? It’s the easiest dinner to prepare. You simply can’t go wrong with a dinner like this herby chicken and creamy orzo.

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Breaking out a slow cooker recipe today and it’s not even October. Yes, it may be a bit early. But I’m pretty sure that most of us appreciate a good slow cooker dinner almost any time of the year. They’re just so easy!

This is one of those dishes that I’ve been wanting to make for the longest time now. But I told myself to hold off until the autumn days started to set in. It’s just so cozy and perfect for fall. It’s creamy, herby, a touch buttery, and has the BEST flavor. I love the fact that the chicken and orzo are cooked together in the slow cooker. It makes everything come together effortlessly.

It’s loosely inspired by my French wine and mustard chicken, but it’s made with a few additions…that I think, make it even better!

This is perfect for this time when the days might be warmer, but the nights are cooler. It’s going to be great all fall and winter long.

Slow Cooker Mustard Herb Chicken and Creamy Orzo | halfbakedharvest.com

Here are the details

As you can imagine, this is really simple. Just place the chicken in the crockpot and rub it with olive oil and that mustard. Then add a ton of fresh thyme, sage, and garlic.
Now, pour in the wine and apple cider, then add some shallots.
I love to use apple cider in this for a slight air of warming fall flavor. It pairs so wonderfully with the white wine, herbs, and mustard. I know it sounds odd, but trust me, the apple cider adds such a nice flavor.

At this point, just cover the crockpot and cook. You can speed things up by cooking on high, or go low and slow. Alternately, you can use the instant pot, but I do prefer the crockpot method.

When the chicken has cooked, pull it out and set it on a small sheet pan.

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Now the orzo

Here’s where the orzo comes in. Add the orzo to all the yummy broth in the crockpot along with some broccoli. Now simply cover and cook a few minutes longer, until the orzo is al dente.
Meanwhile, I love to add a little butter to the chicken. Then throw it under the broiler for a couple of minutes to crisp up. This is totally optional, but I do think it adds to the dish.
When the orzo is finished, add in a touch of cream and parmesan too.

Slow Cooker Mustard Herb Chicken and Creamy Orzo | halfbakedharvest.com

And now serve it up!

So simple and quick with barely any clean-up and minimal hands-on time.
The simplest dinner, and so great for busy weeknights…hearty, creamy – and so freaking good!

Slow Cooker Mustard Herb Chicken and Creamy Orzo | halfbakedharvest.com

Looking for other slow cooker meals? Here are a few ideas:

Slow Cooker Saucy Sunday Bolognese Pasta

Slow Cooker Herbed Chicken and Rice Pilaf

Crockpot Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Bolognese

Lastly, if you make these Slow Cooker Mustard Herb Chicken and Creamy Orzo 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!

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Slow Cooker Mustard Herb Chicken and Creamy Orzo

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 641 kcal

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Ingredients

Instructions

Slow Cooker

  • 1. In the bowl of your slow cooker, rub the chicken with the olive oil, mustard thyme, sage, garlic, salt, and pepper. Pour over the wine, cider and lemon juice. Add the shallots. Cover and cook on low for 3- 4 hours or on high for 1-2 hours.
    2. Preheat the broiler to high. Remove the chicken from the slow cooker place it on a baking sheet.
    3. Crank the heat on the slow cooker to high. Stir in the orzo, broccoli, and 1 cup water. Cover and cook 20-30 minutes, or until the orzo is al dente. If the orzo needs more liquid, add additional water. Stir in the cream and parmesan.
    4. Place the butter on the chicken, then broil 1-3 minutes, until crisp. Serve the chicken over the orzo. Enjoy!

Instant Pot

  • 1. Set the instant pot to sauté. Rub the chicken with the olive oil, mustard thyme, sage, garlic, salt, and pepper. Add the chicken to the instant pot and sear until golden brown on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Pour in the wine, cider and lemon juice. Add the shallots and butter. Cover and cook on high pressure for 6 minutes.
    2. Once done cooking, release the steam. Set the Instant pot to sauté. Stir in the orzo, broccoli, and 1 cup water. Cook 6-8 minutes, until the orzo is al dente. Stir in the cream and parmesan.
    3. Serve the chicken over the orzo. Enjoy!

Stove-Top

  • 1. Heat a large dutch oven over medium-high heat. Rub the chicken with the olive oil, mustard thyme, sage, garlic, salt, and pepper. Add the chicken to the pot and sear until golden brown on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Reduce the heat to medium. Pour in the wine, cider and lemon juice. Add the shallots and butter. Cover and cook 10 minutes.
    2. Stir in the orzo, broccoli, and 1 cup water. Cook, stirring often, another 6-8 minutes, until the orzo is al dente. Stir in the cream and parmesan.
    3. Serve the chicken over the orzo. Enjoy!
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  1. 5 stars
    Delicious! The apple cider gives it great flavor! I did the crock pot method. Cooked on low for about 4 hours and took chicken out before turning to high and adding broccoli and orzo. I didn’t do the broiler part but cut chicken into bite size pieces and added back once the orzo was done. That way it was so easy for friends to eat from a bowl while watching football game. Oh, also added a bit of chicken broth at the end. Everyone loved it and asked for the recipe! Another hit from HBH!

  2. Gluten free substitute for Orzo? Do you have any recommendations? I was thinking arborio rice but it may take longer and/or need more liquid. Gluten free orzo always turns to mush!

    1. Hey Ellie,
      Arborio rice should work well for you following the recipe as written! Please let me know if you have any other questions, I hope you love this recipe! xx

  3. 5 stars
    Funny story: Instead of putting apple cider, I put a cup of apple cider VINEGAR!! hahahaha. A funny fail. I can tell it would have been delicious otherwise. Very excited to try it again.

    1. I did the same thing with the apple cider vinegar. When you see “apple cider” you kind of automatically think, apple cider vinegar. It might be a good idea to make a point in the recipe that’s it’s not VINEGAR. I’ve never cooked with apple cider, let alone seen it at the store. Spent $20 bucks i”on chicken and a ton of extra ingredients trying to balance out the vinegar.

  4. 5 stars
    Loved this! It was like comfort food but with a unique herby flavor. I made the stovetop version and it was great. Some notes:
    – I read some reviews that the orzo didn’t cook well so I took special care on this step. I stirred every few minutes, and tasted the pasta at 6, 8, and 10 minutes to see when it was ready. I had to add extra water to keep the orzo from sticking to the bottom of the dutch oven around 6 and 8 minutes.
    – I used 2 cups of broccoli instead of 1.5 cups just for preference of extra greens. May have been the reason I needed to add more water.
    – To make it creamier and more comfort foody – I almost doubled the amount of parmesan and topped it with some mozzarella cheese before serving. We love cheese here haha
    – I did half apple cider and half chicken broth cause I wasn’t sure I wanted to full amount of apple cider in there from a personal preference.
    – I used Pinot Grigio for my white wine.

    For those who didn’t think it had enough flavor:
    – make sure you use fresh sage and fresh thyme – this will make all the difference
    – make sure you use enough salt (my chicken broth had salt and I generously salted the chicken)

    1. Hey Medora,
      Happy Friday!! I appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your feedback, so glad to hear this was enjoyed! Thanks so much for sharing what worked well for you and your tips! xT

    1. Hey Dawn,
      Wonderful!! Thanks so much for giving this recipe a try, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! Thanks for your comment! xx