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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.

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

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.

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

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. 3 stars
    Chicken turned out great, however the orzo was too heavy on the vinigar taste. If I were to make it again, I would try would chicken broth instead.

    1. Hi Michelle,
      Thanks for giving this recipe a try and sharing your feedback, so sorry it was not enjoyed. There is no vinegar in this recipe:) xTieghan

  2. What’s a good substitute for wine? I have 1 year old twins and they have a pretty bougie palate (chicken nuggets don’t cut it) so I know they’d love this but I don’t want to use wine. Any ideas?

    1. Hi Sarah,
      Sorry, I’ve not tested this recipe with couscous, you could certainly give it a try! Let me know how it turns out! xx

  3. 5 stars
    Made the stovetop version of this tonight and it was amazing! I used chicken breasts and thighs and served the broccoli on the side (hubby is not a broccoli fan). It is a perfect fall recipe that I look forward to making regularly!

  4. 1 star
    So disappointed with how this dish turned out. After 40 mins on high the orzo and broccoli was still semi hard and the dish tasted sour 🙁 I tried to salvage it with some honey but it still tasted horrible so resorted to a pizza! Shame.

    1. Hi Tash,
      Thanks for giving this recipe a try and sharing your feedback, so sorry to hear it did not turn out for you. Please let me know if there is anything that I can help with! xT

  5. My daughter has celiac so we can’t have orzo, but this recipe looks delicious. Do you think you could substitute the orzo for rice and cook it the same way?

    1. Hey Julie,
      Sure, the rice is going to take longer to cook but it should work well for you! I hope you love the dish! xTieghan

  6. Hi, thanks for the recipe 🙂 I have a couple questions about Instant Pot version.
    The Instant Pot version doesn’t specify to remove the chicken in Step 2 as the slow cooker and stove top version do. I figured it out by reading the other instructions. Also, in the instant pot version it’d help to know if after adding the orzo, the 6-8 minute cooking time is back on pressure cook or is it just sauté? Setting the instant pot to sauté is the last thing mentioned in the instructions but wondering if orzo needed more time. Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Elaina,
      Sorry for any confusion, yes you will want to remove the chicken. Step 2 says to set to sauté:) I hope you love the recipe!! xTieghan

  7. 5 stars
    These reviews crack me up. If done correctly this recipe is a winner! If you add a cup of vinegar to a recipe it will be very sour so be sure to use sweet apple cider. If using the slow cooker the point of the broil is just to crisp up, so only broil with that goal in mind. Great fall recipe Tieghan!

    1. Hey Alyssa,
      Happy Monday!! Thanks a lot for making this dish and sharing your review, I am so glad it was enjoyed! Have a great week! xx

  8. This unfortunately came out tasting sour… I’m not sure how to salvage it, or why it’s tasting so dang sour. Any clues or suggestions to tamp that down?

    1. Hi Bri,
      Thanks so much for making this dish, so sorry it is tasting sour. Is there anything you may have adjusted? Were all of your ingredients fresh? Let me know how I can help! xx

    2. Mine is sour too. not sure what happened. I followed the recipe almost to a t. I only had Chardonnay so that’s what I used. I wonder if that was my mistake.

    1. Hi Taylor,
      I don’t love the idea of freezing orzo just because I worry it will become mushy. But, you could totally freeze the chicken. Please let me know if you have any other questions! xT

    1. Hi Josie,
      Yes, you remove the chicken in step 2. Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  9. Oh no! I added Apple cider vinegar instead of apple cider!!!! LOL!!! I was so excited until I this happened. Nothing I can do now – I’ll keep you posted 🙁

    1. I totally assumed apple cider vin. Too lol glad I read your comment. I used chicken broth but did add about a tbsp acv to give the apple flavour… hopefully it’s ok hahah

        1. Hi Robin,
          For this recipe I like to use skinless chicken. Please let me know if you have any other questions, I hope the recipe turns out amazing for you! xx