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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.

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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!

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: 442 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
    The orzo in this is so rich and creamy!!! I overcooked my chicken a bit, but I think my crockpot runs a bit hotter than most. My husband and I stood around the pot just eating bites of creamy pasta. Delicious!!!!

  2. 5 stars
    Was worried after reading all the previous reviews but so glad I still made this. This was so easy and delicious! I was a bit worried about chicken breasts drying out when cooking this way so used boneless skinless thighs instead via the stovetop method and it was amazing!! Would definitely make this again! A perfect fall weeknight meal!

  3. 4 stars
    Enjoyed this recipe! Cooked in our le creuset Dutch oven. Used broth and apple cider vinegar because I didn’t have apple cider, also at the end I broiled the chicken thighs so they would be crispy. Had to stir constantly so the orzo wouldn’t burn but very satisfied!

  4. 5 stars
    So glad I didn’t let the bad reviews dissuade me from trying this. It was easy and delicious. I used the crockpot (low) and thighs instead of breast, but didn’t have any issues with dry chicken or mushy orzo. Recommend!

  5. 5 stars
    I don’t know what everyone else is talking about!! This recipe was delicious. Made it for myself and 4 other roommates and we loved it. We did it on the stovetop and it worked perfectly. Used broth instead of cider and simmered everything a few minutes longer to marry it all together but it was great.

  6. 1 star
    I usually love all the HH recipes. I did this recipe in the slow cooker, and used the chicken broth and it was still too acidic. Per the reviews I did not do the orzo in the crock pot and used the liquid from the crockpot to cook it over the stove and added the broccoli in after. I cooked the chicken for an hour less than recommended and it still turned out dry, so I didn’t even broil it or it would have been inedible. Adding water at the end to the orzo would have diluted the flavors so I skipped that and used chicken broth.

    Again, love all your recipes but this one just wasn’t our favorite.

  7. 1 star
    I made this last night, was very excited about trying it out because the description was very appealing. But man, definitely was not as good as it sounds. The acidic flavor was hard to ignore. The wine + apple cider vinegar + lemon…well I know now definitely too much! Maybe cook it with 1/4 cup of vinegar instead? I’m not sure. Just trying to figure out what to do with the all leftovers because it’s not something I’m running to warm up and eat. I did add baking soda to reduce the acidic flavor and it helped a little bit. I’ve made so many of your dishes and they are so wonderful, but this one was a bust for me. I’ll definitely still keep trying your recipes though!

    1. Hi Maria! I’m so sorry this recipe wasn’t what you’d hoped! Thank you for the feedback and for letting me know what went wrong. I hope you’ll still enjoy other HBH recipes 🙂 xTieghan

  8. 4 stars
    Made this tonight with the slow cooker method and it was delicious! The orzo cooked perfectly. I didn’t have any issues. Will definitely make again!

    1. Hey Suzanne! I’m so sorry about that! Let me know how I can help improve this recipe. Have a great day! xTieghan

  9. 5 stars
    I made this tonight for dinner and it was incredible! I never know what to make and your recipes are saving me! Also, made the pumpkin scones for dessert-bellys are full and it feels right! Lol

    1. Hey there! Thanks so much for giving this recipe a try, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Have a lovely week! xTieghan

  10. 1 star
    I tried the slow cooker method which was unfortunately not successful for me. I had similar issues as other reviewers with things cooking very unevenly. But I would try it again in my Dutch oven maybe with chicken thighs instead. It did smell amazing!

    1. Hey Anna! I’m so sorry about that! Is there anything you did differently in this recipe? Let me know how I can help! xTieghan

  11. 5 stars
    This is one of my favorite dishes I’ve made from your site! It was delicious. I mad this stovetop instead of the slow cooker, which may have something to do with my outcome. I had no issues with the orzo. We ate with a little extra broccoli to get in our greens. Will be in my weekly recipe rotation!

  12. Made this for our Friday night family dinner. Was worried about it after reading some comments, but everyone enjoyed it! Chicken was so moist and orzo was creamy. It was delicious. Followed the directions and used the crock pot. Will make again.

  13. 2 stars
    The chicken was delicious however, the orzo in slow cooker made it very mushy, like porridge. I wouldn’t cook it in the slow cooker again. Adding coconut milk instead of heavy cream also did not go well with the mustard flavor

  14. 1 star
    I made this last week and was so disappointed and agree with other reviewers: There was a sour taste in this dish that made it unappealing. I don’t know if it was the lemon juice or the wine but I followed the recipe as-written and would not make again.

    1. Made this and will do differently next time. The lemon was overpowering so definitely reduce that. To maybe 1/2 tablespoon. I also wouldn’t cook the orzo in the crockpot. Like other reviews it got mushy.

    2. Hello! Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear that! I’m so sorry this recipe was not enjoyed! Please let me know how I can help. xTieghan

    1. Hi Anna! I’m so sorry about that, is there anything you did differently in this recipe? Let me know how I can help! xTieghan

  15. 3 stars
    Sadly not one of my favorites! I think there was too much acid in this recipe, maybe half a lemon next time. I used the coconut milk and it didn’t turn out nearly as creamy as I’d hoped. Perhaps if I swap for the cream next time it would turn out better. The chicken was to die for with the broiling and butter addition!

  16. I loved this! Super easy and perfect for a week night. Everybody really enjoyed it! I also added my chicken back into it all after broiling it just to get it covered in the sauce again and it was literally so good.

  17. 1 star
    Tried crockpot version. Cooked 3.5 hours and used cider. The chicken was very dry. Also made the mistake of adding the extra cup of water and it was soupy. Only one person in my house liked the flavor. I found it to be too sour. Too bad. It sounded so good!

  18. 5 stars
    So this turned out perfect for me! I made 1 1/2 of the crock pot recipe. My chicken was so moist, it was falling apart. I did put a bit more broccoli in. When I added the orzo and broccoli, I didn’t add any liquid. I cooked for 15 minutes, and then stirred it and added 1 1/2 cup chicken broth and cooked 15 minutes longer. Then I added the cream and the Parmesan (I added a little more). I had no problems with dry chicken (I used boneless and skinless chicken breasts, so I didn’t broil in the oven) or too much liquid. Honestly, it was perfect. A hit with the family. Definitely will make again!

  19. 4 stars
    Overall I think I like this one! I will say that I forgot to get cider at the store so I used a hard cider that we had on hand so I’m not sure if it really hit the mark as I have nothing to compare it to. Chicken came out just fine! I’ve found my own method of crockpot on high for a little under 1.5 hours so it worked nicely. I wonder how chicken thighs might taste in this, I might try that in the future.

    1. Hi Jordan! Thanks for trying out this recipe, I hope it was enjoyed. I’m sure chicken thighs would be delicious in this! xTieghan

  20. 4 stars
    Good recipe overall. I made few changes based my preferences. Skipped the shallot, used only chicken broth and added a little more coconut milk.

  21. Loved this recipe. I did modify kind of a lot. First I added bacon.. because, well I had it and why not. I subbed chicken thighs for breast and used the cider/wine mixture and added Italian seasoning. I roasted broccoli in the oven and did the orzo in a skillet with the Broth from the slow cooker (plus Parm, cream and chicken Broth with herbs)

  22. hahahaha just made this recipe and accidentally used apple cider VINEGAR instead of apple cider! so beware & read the directions carefully! will definitely have to make again correctly because it seems like it would be so good 😫

    1. Oh my…so glad I read your comment before making this recipe…I read it the same way!! Thank you for saving me!!! LOL

    2. oh. i legit read vinegar too and thats how it went in. lets just say regular apple cider would def have been better.

    3. I should have read your comment! Made this today and also misread it as apple cider vinegar. I was hungry enough to still eat it while the wife opted out. In my kitchen, if you just add more parmesan cheese anything tastes great 😂

  23. I made this last night in my slow cooker. It was very good, however, the chicken was really dry. I cooked on low setting for 3 hours. Wondering if anyone else has had this problem. I will try again using the Dutch oven, and maybe chicken will be less dry! Other suggestions?

    1. I’ve never cooked chicken in a slow cooker and had it turn out anything but dry. I will be making this one on the stove top tonight!

  24. I want to make this recipe for two people- if I used one pound of chicken rather than two, would I have to modify the rest of the ingredients?

    Thanks!
    Rachel

  25. 5 stars
    I just made this in my crock pot and it was amazing. I used cider. This could be served to company at a dinner party but is easy enough for a weeknight meal. I’m in love.

  26. 5 stars
    Used the stove top method. Definitely need to use apple cider vs apple cider vinegar. The apple cider is delicious. I too cooked the broccoli separate in the oven for crispiness. I accidentally used coconut milk instead of cream with no issues. Will make again!

  27. 3 stars
    I wish I would’ve read the reviews first. We did the slow cooker method and followed the recipe exactly. Our orzo turned out gummy and had a bitter taste to it. Meanwhile our chicken was dry. I use Tieghan’s recipes all the time and this is the first one I didn’t love. Maybe try a different recipe 🤷🏻‍♀️

      1. 5 stars
        This is one of my favorite dishes I’ve made from your site! It was delicious. I mad this stovetop instead of the slow cooker, which may have something to do with my outcome. I had no issues with the orzo. We ate with a little extra broccoli to get in our greens. Will be in my weekly recipe rotation!

    1. Hi Janet! I’m so sorry this recipe didn’t turn out the way you hoped, please let me know how I can help! xTieghan

      1. Thanks, Tieghan! I have both of your cookbooks and use recipes on your blog often. I am not sure what went wrong here, but I am guessing something happened in the cooking process. I could not understand why our orzo tasted so bitter… I think this would have turned out much better if I used the stove top method.

  28. This turned out so yummy! I took a tip from Kore and adjusted the cook time a bit. I did use the crockpot and cooked chicken on high for 2 hours. I put the broccoli in with 45 left and orzo in with 25 left. Took chicken out at 2 hours and broiled for a few minutes, and it came out really well. I also didn’t use apple cider, and did 1 cup Pinot Grigio, 3/4 cup chicken broth, and 1/4 cup applesauce. Also only put in 1/2 cup of water with orzo, not a full cup, and doubled the amount of Dijon and parm regg used. Next time I’ll likely roast the broccoli to give it some cronch, and add some extra garlic, s&p and herbs.

  29. 5 stars
    Omg, just another one of your easy and delicious dishes with layers of flavor! You are so talented, thank you for sharing all of this deliciousness, I have probably made at least 20 of your recipes and have loved everyone!!!!! I just wish mine looked as pretty as yours! All the best, Tara Kilmer

  30. 5 stars
    We loved this meal! We did the Dutch oven on the stovetop method and it was so easy! Everything came out incredible! I used locally made Apple Cider and it gave it such a nice touch of sweetness. Definitely will be making again! 🙂

  31. 2 stars
    Wanted to love this but it was a miss for our family. Used apple cider, not ABV and we had immediate indigestion with this. The orzo was so gluey and paste-like. Something made the entire recipe very bitter…perhaps the broccoli and (my fault) being slightly underdone? Or it was the orzo. Making the pasta outside of the pot as a side would have been better.

    I will say, A+ 10/10 the way the chicken actually cooked. I loved that and finishing it in the oven for a little crisp. Ours was not dry. I would do that over and over again with the right flavors.

    Something was just amiss with this one – won’t be remaking. But do love the herbaceous chicken idea and cooking in a crockpot and finishing in the oven and using the crockpot liquids for a sauce.

    1. 5 stars
      Loved this meal! Unique flavor, but so good for fall. Made this on the stove top. Only thing I did differently is roast the broccoli in the oven and throw it in at the end. Came together so easily. Would absolutely make again!

    2. Hi Rachel! I am so sorry to hear that this chicken didn’t turn out the way that you hoped! Please let me know how I can help! xTieghan

  32. 4 stars
    Was a bit apprehensive after reading so many negative reviews, but cooked this in the slow cooker this evening and it turn out delightful. Please don’t give up on the slow cooker version (or any version!) of this recipe. It’s delicious – subtle herbal, mustard and sweet apple undertones – and the perfect fall comfort food. A couple of suggestions for those who’d like to try the slow cooker: I did use 6 bone-in thighs instead of breasts (simply because I prefer oilier meat); substituted chicken broth for wine (again, just personal preference); and cooked the dish for only 2 hours total, on high. Added the broccoli in at the 45-minute-left mark to let it cook a little longer, then added the orzo at the 30-minutes-left mark (like the recipe calls for) – but without an additional cup of water at the end – and it was just perfect. No gummy-ness, but creamy and flavorful. The dish is versatile that you can add a little more mustard and/or herbs or red pepper flakes, whatever you prefer. (Next time I might even experiment with adding thinly sliced apples at the end!) Tweak it to make it yours – but definitely make it!

  33. 5 stars
    Magnificent! My family TORE IT UP! I did cook the chicken and such in the slow cooker but finished by removing the chicken to the broiler and putting the remaining ingredients on the stove top. I added the 1C hot water as the orzo cooked and then the cream Til it was al dente.
    Super great! We will be doubling the recipe next time!

  34. 3 stars
    This was just ok for us. I used apple cider (not acv) so that wasn’t the problem, it was just kind of bland. The chicken got a little dry, issue of the slow cooker, and there was little to no flavor. We added more parm than I’d like to admit and a ton of red pepper flakes. I wanted to love it because it was so easy, but I’ll find something different next time.

  35. Same issue with the orzo here in the slow cooker. It was a big gluey mess. Also too acidic so I’d sub out the apple cider vinegar with broth and do it on the stove top with less liquid. Thumbs down for this one, but so many other great recipes on HBH!

  36. 5 stars
    Made the stovetop version last night and we LOVED it. I roasted the broccoli separately to add a bit of texture and mixed it in at the end with the cream and parm, but otherwise followed the recipe. Surprised to see so many negative reviews as this was another winner in our house!

  37. 4 stars
    Made this tonight and the flavor was great. The only problem I ran into was that it was very thin/more brothy than creamy. I ended up removing the orzo and liquid and having to boil on the stove for a few but then everything turned out.

  38. 2 stars
    Wish I had read some of the comments from others before making this one. Like others, my crockpot version of this did not turn out well. The chicken was actually delicious (and I think broiling crockpot chicken might be a continued tradition in our home moving forward), but the orzo was a mess. The liquid to pasta ratio was off and the apple cider was way too acidic with not much to balance it out. The recipe might be saveable without the apple cider and either more orzo/different pasta shape. Tieghan has some great skillet chicken recipes, I would recommend one of those instead.

    1. Hi Bee! I am so sorry to hear that this recipe was not enjoyed. Is there anything I can do to help with this? xTieghan

  39. I tried the stovetop version and it turned out really well! To boost the taste I added a bit more dijon and red chili pepper flakes just before serving – would highly recommend. Thank you for this recipe! 🙂

  40. 4 stars
    We made this last night for dinner and loved it! Both of my kids enjoyed it, and my husband commented on how much more flavor density it has than most crockpot meals.

    I followed the slow cooker version and changed the following:
    Could not find apple cider at the store, so I subbed in vegetable broth.
    As others have reported, the orzo and broccoli were not quite cooked enough at the 25 minute mark, so I let those hang out in the crockpot for an extra ten minutes, and that solved the “gumminess” issue of the orzo for us. It probably could have even taken another 5-10 minutes for the broccoli, but we like ours with a little crispness. I also threw in a handful of cherry tomatoes for brightness when I added the broccoli to the slow cooker.

    This was great, and I’d definitely do it again.

  41. Unfortunately, this wasn’t a success in this house. My husband, who eats everything and never complains, actually asked that I not make this again. To be fair, I don’t know exactly what the issue was, and I didn’t try it myself, as I had to attend a meeting but my husband and son both gave it a thumbs down. Most HBH recipes are winners, though, so this is just a fluke, I think.

    1. Hi Chris! I am so sorry to hear that this recipe was not enjoyed, is there anything I can do to help with this? 🙂 xTieghan

  42. 2 stars
    Crockpot version didn’t turn out anything like the picture. Couldn’t ever get the orzo to be creamy and it all took twice as long even using the tail end of the suggested times. Not creamy. I would try on the stovetop just to control some of the factors. The flavors were good but consistency was waaay off

    1. 2 stars
      I was very disappointed with this recipe as I usually love all Half Baked Harvest recipes. As most said, my chicken was delicious. Super moist and loved the crisp skin. Definitely added more salt. The orzo was a complete mess. I don’t know that it works to cook pasta in a slow cooker. It was a gluey gooey mess. It did not cook in the 20-30 minutes. When I did a longer time it just became goofier and the noodles still didn’t seem to be cooked all the way through. The taste was also very odd. I followed the exact recipe with apple cider and it was bland and bitter. I tried to fix it (which usually I can do with most recipes) but this was beyond repair. If I were to make it again I would skip the crock pot completely do it all on the oven and stovetop. I think the crockpot is unnecessary.

  43. I made this tonight for supper on the stove! It was phenomenal!!! The only thing I did was to roast the broccoli separately. Everyone enjoyed it. Thank you!

  44. 5 stars
    It’s a shame that so many people had trouble with this recipe! It turned out really well for us. I used thinner chicken breasts, and cooked in the slow cooker on high for 2 hours. Instead of broiling, I just threw the chicken in a pan for a quick sear on the stove top and it was perfect. The orzo was rich and creamy and even my 18 month old ate it!

  45. Orzo was sour, but on accident my husband and I *each* put in the juice of one lemon. Chicken ended up being dry even though we only broiled it quickly. I really think the orzo would have been great if we didn’t double lemon juice. Not sure what to do about the chicken. I let it cook in the crock for about 4 hours. Maybe we’d take it out sooner next time?

  46. 4 stars
    I made the slow cooker version of this last night and overall, my boyfriend and I really liked it! It also made for great leftovers for lunch today. PS I skipped the broiler part – mostly because it was getting late and I was impatient, but also didn’t think it was necessary or would make much of a different with skinless breasts. If I used skin on thighs, I’d def do it.

    I *almost* made the same mistake as others and read apple cider as apple cider vinegar, but thankfully caught it at the last minute. I ended up using a cup of apple sauce as it was all I had and apparently it worked just fine.

    What I love about this recipe is that it is so easy to vary and experiment with – I think next time, I may skip the mustard and instead do sundried tomato and maybe mushrooms instead of broccoli.

    Definitely an easy, cozy dish for Fall and Winter which is what I am looking for! Thanks Tieghan 🙂

  47. 3 stars
    I want to begin by saying that I love many HBH recipes! But unfortunately this one didn’t work for me (as I can see with some others).
    I did use the slow-cooker, and I do think mine runs a bit too hot which may have been part of the problem… The chicken was too dry and somewhat flavorless (I suggest to use a bit more salt than the recipe calls for), the broccoli was hard and tasteless (20 min or so in a slow cooker is NOT enough time for tender broccoli, so I suggest cooking it separately – maybe roasting for more flavor), and yes, the orzo was gummy and lumpy and pretty inedible.
    I think it might be better suited to stovetop, or even the InstantPot? I love the idea of mustard, wine, and herbs, but again, this one didn’t come together well. Maybe making each component separately and then putting together might be better.
    Again, love HBH! Keep the recipes coming!

    1. Hello, I am so sorry to hear that this recipe was not enjoyed. Thank you for the feedback and letting me know. xTieghan

  48. 5 stars
    I made the stovetop version of this recipe for dinner last night and it was delicious! It came together quickly and it was very simple to make. The flavors were great and my husband and I really enjoyed it. Thanks for providing a crockpot, instant pot, and stove top version of this. I’d like to try all 3 out eventually, but would definitely recommend the stovetop version to anyone. This will definitely be a staple in our house! Thank you!

  49. Just made this last night and I unfortunately have to agree with some of the negative comments below. The flavor/smell was vomit-y, bitter. The chicken was too soft and then the orzo was really thick and mushy from the cream. We followed everything exactly, only difference was that my husband started it and left it on warm for me to finish later (1-2hrs) so I took out chicken, poured in more water and orzo, broccoli, and I had to leave it in longer since my cooker was on Warm, not Low, to get the orzo to al dente. But once I put in the cream, it was like there was thick chunky orzo clumps sitting under all this liquid. I think perhaps pouring out the liquid is the way to go? Not sure how to solve the bitter flavor though. HBH recipes are usually really flavorful and delicious, I’m not sure what went wrong. We used the cider and good wine too. Strange.

    1. Hi there, I am so sorry to hear that this recipe was not what you thought it was! Please let me know what I can do to help you with this/improve the recipe. So sorry again! xTieghan

    2. NOPE! This recipe doesn’t work in the slow cooker. This is my first try at a recipe on this site ad it failed in every way. Does anyone test these recipes? Nothing was ready at the right times the flavors are so so but pasty orzo and over cooked broccoli. Rubber chicken. All of it was thrown out. All of it even the chicken.

  50. 2 stars
    Name of recipe misleading. When meal planning for a busy week ahead and I see slow cooker, I think, “Great! I’ll throw this in before work and we can all eat before 8 pm!!!!”
    Nope. You’ve got to take the chicken out after 2 hrs on high, or 4 hours on low, broil it, etc , etc. Yes it’s kind of using the slow cooker, but read all the way through the recipe before you decide.
    I was disappointed.

    1. Hi Jennifer, I am so sorry this recipe was not what you thought it was! Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help improve this. xTieghan

  51. 5 stars
    Easily one of the best recipes I’ve made of Teagans. Beware though-the flavors are very complex. My adventurous 2 year old didn’t love it and he’ll eat raw onions no problem. You can definitely add more broccoli and it won’t effect the flavor.

    Instant pot seems like the way to go for this one. If you prefer the dish less sweet, use less apple cider. Also had to add more water (about .5 cup) while cooking the orzo.

  52. When you are done cooking the chicken and have removed from the slow cooker, to you reserve the liquid for the Orzo? Or, do you throw it out before you add the Orzo to the slow cooker? We are making this for tonight. It looks delicious!

  53. 1 star
    This was awful. The flavors didn’t jive for us. This was the first recipe that we didn’t like. It ended up in the garbage. At least I tried. Ended up at In N Out. Sorry!!!

  54. 1 star
    This dish was VERY bad! Tasted like vomit. Definitely don’t use whole wheat orzo and maybe just stay away from the whole recipe? Just an idea.

  55. 5 stars
    I made this recipe tonight, followed the instructions 100% for the stovetop…outstanding!
    Thank youTieghan!❤️

  56. 4 stars
    loved the idea of this recipe! used apple cider as it called for and found the taste had too much apple flavor not enough mustard. Also had to cook the orzo extra long to soak up the liquid.

    1. Hi Sarah! So sorry this recipe was not what you thought it would be. Is there anything I can do to help you? xTieghan

  57. 4 stars
    Great flavor but the chicken breasts were a bit dry. Might try stovetop next time or just chicken thighs in the slow cooker!

  58. I’ve made many of Tiegan’s recipes. This was first one I couldn’t even eat. In a slow cooker this does not work. Sorry!

  59. 4 stars
    I love your site and your recipes! This one is tasty! I love how you provided options for crockpot, instapot and stove top. That said, I think you need to clarify if you leave the chicken in or out of pan. I did stove top, cooked chicken and removed. Threw in butter and sautéed shallots. Deglazed with wine (Bc had lots of stuck bits of garlic/herbs). Added lemon juice, cider, water. Omitted 10 min cooking of shallot/butter (since I sautéed). Then we subbed TJ’s harvest grain couscous and I ended up adding closer to 1 1/2 c water. Halfway through cooking couscous I scraped the pan and added broccoli then and at this point added chicken back in for final hurrah… added parm and cream at the end and seasoned. Overall it was a super tasty, one-pot meal that didn’t take too long for a weeknight! Love the lemon and herbs and how customizable it was! Thanks Teighan!

  60. 5 stars
    I didn’t love this. I thought it was ok. My husband said he really liked it but mine tasted bitter. Not sure why. I used good wine (delicious, actually), chicken came out good (used a mix of thoughts and breasts), but the orzo and broccoli mix was bitter. I served it with croissants and so I had some jam out and thought it tasted better with some of the raspberry apricot jam.

    1. Hi Caitlin! I’m so sorry this recipe wasn’t enjoyed. Was there anything that you did differently? Let me know if I can help in any way. xTieghan

  61. 4 stars
    I did this in my instant pot and it turned out great! The chicken was not dry at all. Love a yummy, simple recipe for a bust week night!

  62. 4 stars
    Hi! I just wanted to say that I cooked this and it was very tasty. I read the comments right after I placed everything in the slow cooker and I took the chicken out after 90 mins. It was tender and tasty. Also I tasted the orzo before adding in the cream and it was delicious. Next time I make this I may consider skipping the creamy part. Overall very creative and yummy dish Tighan

  63. 5 stars
    Made this, it was absolutely amazing I used chicken thighs, in the pressure cooker and rice and lentils instead of orzo

  64. 3 stars
    I agree with it being too dry. I don’t think slow cooker is the way to go, for boneless chicken. It’s just too long of a cooking time for it. It turned out ok because it was covered in the sauce and was able to save it. Great idea and good ingredients/ flavor, but do stovetop or instapot.

    1. I agree, this type of recipe doesn’t make sense to do in a slow cooker. I made it on the stovetop and it was very good. I didn’t use quite as much wine as called for (kids), and added chicken broth to add more liquid. I also had to cook the orzo longer than called for. The flavors were very good and I’ll definitely make again!

  65. 5 stars
    Easy and comforting weeknight recipe for fall! Used 1 cup chicken stock instead of dry white wine. Cooked chicken for just under 3 hours on low in slow cooker and came out great – went with skinless chicken so did not put it under broiler. Added Spinach + a little butter to the orzo as well!

  66. 3 stars
    This one was just okay – nothing special. I had a really juicy lemon so I only used half of the juice for this recipe, and still my husband & I both noticed that it had a very strong bitter/tangy taste, like there weren’t enough flavors to balance out the mustard and lemon. Also I don’t understand the point of putting the chicken under the broiler (especially boneless skinless breasts) but I did it and would suggest that it’s unnecessary. We ate it and I will eat the leftovers but I don’t think I’ll make it again. Sorry. But there are sooo many better HBH recipes.

  67. Hello-

    I’m not able to find Apple Cider 🙁 I plan to do the Instant Pot version. So should I do 2 cups of white wine? Sub the Apple cider with Chicken broth or water? What do you think?

    1. I have a related question. Does this recipe call for apple cider or apple cider vinegar? What can be substituted if you don’t have apple cider? Thanks!

    2. Hello! I would sub the apple cider with a little bit of white wine and a little but of chicken broth! 🙂 Hope this helps. xTieghan

  68. 4 stars
    Made this in the slow cooker and it was very tasty, but next time I do it I will use thighs as although the chicken was flavourful it was a touch dry for our tastes. Thanks for sharing this recipe Tieghan!

  69. I keep reading the orzo is over done. Can I cook this on the stove top and then add it when I am finished and just add the broccoli to cook in the crock pot?

  70. Hi! I just wanted to confirm that for the insta pot version you remove the chicken before doing the orzo? I’m sure it goes without saying wanted to verify!

  71. 5 stars
    It was really yummie. I was a bit stressed reading the negative comments but at least the stove top version was easy and the whole family enjoyed. Thanks again Tieghan for an easy Sunday evening cooking.

  72. 5 stars
    This was such an easy recipe and delicious. My chicken was so moist. I actually pounded the meat a little before placing in the slow cooker to tenderize. This is on my list to make again!!!! 🙂

  73. 3 stars
    Oooooookay. I don’t like giving a bad review. So, I’ll keep it mild. I’m a food guy. I’ve been in the food service business since 1991. I’ve worked in just about every position in restaurants’ kitchens. I’m not bragging. I just want validate my professional skills. Now, that being said, I’m very disappointed.

    We followed the recipe to a “T”. Our chicken was soooooo dry. We made ours in a slow cooker, FYI. Now, here’s what I think happened, I think that there was way too much acid with the cider, lemon juice, wine, and maybe the Dijon mustard. In the slow cooker, all of that acid pulls the fat and moisture out of the chicken and dries it out. When it’s dry in there it starts to turn into “pulled chicken. And, the problem with this recipe is that the timing for the chicken was too long or too short. The chicken was totally dried out and just starting get into the “pulled chicken” phase. But, it was so dry to the point where when you were chewing it, it was almost chalky.

    We’re were super bummed. We were drooling over this recipe for days. Tonight we finally got the chance to make it.

    I might want to try it again. I just might make some adjustments. But, unfortunately, it’s not on my priority list anymore.

    Do you have any insight as to why it was terrible?

  74. I am a huge fan of yours but this was the first meal that disappointed. It was really sour. My family had me recheck the amount of vinegar. 1 cup seems like too much.

    1. I think you might have put in Apple cider vinegar instead of actual apple cider – I almost made that mistake. I think regular Apple cider would make this recipe way better and not sour 😊

      1. 3 stars
        I wish I’d read these comments before making mine. I also used apple cider VINEGAR which now I realize was wrong and it was an awful and horribly sour recipe. I threw the recipe printout away thinking it was that bad to never make again.

  75. 5 stars
    I made this a couple of nights ago and it was absolutely delicious. However, in deference to my husbands dislike of chicken breasts and broccoli, I did make two substitutions; bone-in/skin-on chicken thighs and fresh baby spinach. He was skeptical about a chicken dish but one taste of this recipe and he was all in. I put the leftovers in a casserole dish, reheated in a 350 oven the next day and everything was as good as the first night. Best compliment, he told me not to lose that recipe! Thanks Tieghan for another winner!!

    1. Hi Judy! So glad to hear that you enjoyed this recipe, and so awesome that you put your own little touch on it! Have a great day xTieghan

  76. 5 stars
    Delicious! I seasoned with montreal chicken first and browned in cast iron. Then deglazed with the wine.
    Pretty sure the people that said it was acidic used vinegar instead of cider. Not acidic at all!

    1. 😱! You are ABSOLUTELY correct in my case! I read the recipe as apple cider VINEGAR vs apple cider! I am so embarrassed! And very sorry! I’ll update my review right now.

  77. 5 stars
    I made this tonight and it was so delicious! I let my chicken stay in the crock pot on the “keep warm” setting for too long, so the liquid was too cool to heat up when it was time to put in the orzo. On top of that, I used frozen broccoli, so that cooled down the liquid quit a bit as well. When I realized the orzo wasn’t cooking fast enough, I dumped it in a pot and boiled it on the stove until the pasta was done. All of the flavors came together wonderfully. Not sour at all, as other reviewers have mentioned, especially after the addition of the cream and cheese.

    1. That’s crazy, I did the exact same thing with the crock pot & used frozen broccoli also. But I left the orzo in the crock pot longer instead of transferring to the stove. Did you pour out the liquid when you removed the chicken? I had that bad bitter taste others described. Ugh, I really wanted to like this!

  78. 4 stars
    I made this recipe this week. The first night, it was really good. Very flavorful. The second night, however the leftovers felt lacking. The orzo soaked up all of the sauce and became mushy. It also left the chicken to taste dry.
    While I like the idea of making it all in the same crock pot, it might be best to make them separately and put together on the plate.

  79. 5 stars
    Bursting with flavor! Definitely on rotation here. Made in slow cooker as written. Chicken was fork tender, orzo creamy and broccoli perfectly cooked. The only thing I will change next time is roasting broccoli and adding on top to avoid color change.

  80. 4 stars
    Overall the recipe was good. I only had 3/4 cup of White Wine and would probably use a little less next time as the finished product was a little winey (is that a word??) for me. I didn’t love having to put the chicken in the broiler and think I would shred it into the orzo next time (for ease and less dishes).

  81. 1 star
    Would not make again and would not recommend. Very sour/acidic. Just not good. The chicken, by itself, after broiling was edible.

    1. Attempting to update review/delete review. I made recipe either apple cider VINEGAR instead of the apple cider it called for. How embarrassing! No wonder it was icky! Please ignore this review. 🙄.

  82. 5 stars
    We made this last night for dinner it was delicious! Instead of putting the broccoli in the orzo we put it under the broiler with the chicken like one of your Asian meatball recipes, made it crunchy and delicious!

    Look forward to making next recipe thank you

  83. 1 star
    Just terrible. We had to get takeout to replace our meal. In 20+ years of marriage there have been maybe 3 times my husband wouldn’t eat dinner. This was one. It was sour. The orzo turned to glue – not right? I cook with orzo a lot. It was acidic and gloppy and just terrible. When she made this on Instagram there was no mention of the apple cider???? The written and social media recipes didn’t line up either. Don’t waste your time or food on this one.

    1. Had the exact same experience. Thought it was something we did. Our orzo also turned Into a gloppy mess and we use orzo a lot. Thank goodness for leftover Chinese!

  84. 1 star
    Really disappointed…Chicken without skin under broiler just got dried out, not crispy. “Juice from 1 lemon” was added to printed recipe after I printed it – it’s not on my copy. The chicken was really bland. The orzo turned to glue in my slow cooker within 15 minutes – also really bland.

    1. The recipe doesn’t say skinless chicken, it says boneless chicken. The chicken in the picture has skin on. Also the fact that the meal was bland is on you; learn how to properly salt your food.

      1. Don’t be a dick. The recipe doesn’t specify whether to use skin on or skin off breasts. Also Tieghan has repeatedly said in the comments to a bunch of people that it doesn’t matter which kind of chicken you use.

        Can’t blame people for doing what the recipe “creator” says is ok.

  85. 2 stars
    Not sure what happened with this one, but seemed a little sour. Maybe my lemon was too large or something! (Did not used vinegar as seems to be a common error) My broccoli was also a little too hard still. On to the next amazing HBH recipe!

  86. I’m very excited to try this tonight. I will do good ol’ reliable stove top for my first outing. I will say the instructions for stove top are missing the parmesan and cream additions.

    1. UPDATE:

      Made it for a friend who also has both of your books, and it was a success! I used bone-in chicken breasts; added chicken broth instead of water; adjusted my times and it worked out great on stovetop. Thank you!

      1. Hi Alicia,
        Happy Sunday!! I am delighted to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, I truly appreciate you giving it a try! xTieghan

    2. Hey Alicia,
      I hope you love the recipe, the parmesan and cream is added in step 2. Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  87. 5 stars
    This was SO delicious and I loved the flavors. I made the stove-top version. I used asparagus instead of broccoli which worked really well. Since I used thin-sliced chicken breasts, I cut down some of the chicken cook time so it wouldn’t dry out.

    As many others have discovered it is just apple cider, not vinegar! And it is so yummy with the cider. I actually poured myself a glass of it to drink with the meal and it paired nicely 🙂

    1. Hey Brittany,
      Happy Sunday!! I am delighted to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, I truly appreciate you giving it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Linda,
      Happy Sunday!! I am delighted to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, I truly appreciate you giving it a try! xTieghan

  88. 4 stars
    This was great! I hesitated to make the orzo because creamy sounded “mushy” in my mind. I decided to just follow the recipe as written (Duh) and I’m glad I did. The orzo was our favorite part!

    1. Hey Tanya,
      Happy Sunday!! I am delighted to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, I truly appreciate you giving it a try! xTieghan

  89. 5 stars
    My husband and I really enjoyed this recipe! The apple cider added a bit of sweetness which was so good with the creaminess of the heavy cream. So good!

    1. Hey Lisa,
      Happy Sunday!! I am delighted to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, I truly appreciate you giving it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hi Allison,
      You could use apple juice in place of the apple cider. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know how it turns out! xTieghan

    1. Hey Jules,
      Unless there is a huge difference in cooking time with whole wheat orzo, I would follow the recipe as is. Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Hey there,
      Awesome!! Love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a bunch for giving it a try! Have a great weekend:) xTieghan

  90. 5 stars
    I made this last night and it turned out super yummy . . . although I may have used a little two much lemon. 🙂

    1. Hi Beverly,
      Awesome!! Love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a bunch for giving it a try! Have a great weekend:) xTieghan

  91. 2 stars
    I’ll start by saying that I love every recipe that I have done of HBH! This one failed, I’m not sure why. When I saw the vinegar, lemon juice, wine and mustard together, I almost deleted one (or subbed with chicken stock) but I thought no, go with the whole recipe.
    It was so sour, tried a little extra cream and a sprinkle of sugar, didn’t help.
    Has anyone else had this issue?
    Thank you for all of the wonderful recipes!

      1. omg – That is EXACTLY what I did . . . so it wasn’t tooo much lemon. lol! I used apple cider VINEGAR instead of apple cider.

      2. 5 stars
        Made this for a dinner I hosted for friends and it was a hit!! Just the right amount of rich, salty, sweet, creamy goodness. So easy and very minimal clean-up, what else could you want in a recipe.

        1. Hey Hailey,
          Awesome!! Love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a bunch for giving it a try! Have a great weekend:) xTieghan

        2. Wish I read your comment befor making it for dinner tonight, the vinegar really didn’t taste good 😂🤦🏼‍♀️

    1. Hi Sam,
      Sorry you didn’t enjoy the recipe. To be clear, the recipe calls for apple cider, not vinegar, so this is why you had some issues. I hope this helps for next time! xTieghan

    2. 5 stars
      I made this tonight in the instapot. It was awesome. I saw this recipe and I had every ingredient on hand except apple cider. It’s the perfect time of year to have apple cider in the fridge so this was a great recipie to make. It was warm and comfy meal with great flavor. Thank you. I love your flavor combinations. 😋

      1. Hey Mary,
        Awesome!! Love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a bunch for giving it a try! Have a great weekend:) xTieghan

  92. I am so bummed! This was expensive and a disaster. I have made 20 of your recipes and all were fabulous! This was not! The orzo was like glue and broccoli was hard. After broiling the gorgeous chicken it was dry! The flavor was amazing. I would chop the shallots, I would cool the orzo separately – and I would take the chicken out at 3 hours not 4 and then broil with butter.

  93. 4 stars
    Are you supposed to remove the chicken from the Dutch oven after searing it? I reread the recipe 3 times and couldn’t tell. It seems weird to keep in after and boils the chicken but maybes that’s the point? It was very good regardless!!

    1. Hey Caroline,
      Happy Friday!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thank you so much for making it! No need to remove the chicken:) xTieghan

  94. 5 stars
    Made quite a few adjustments to make this work with what I had on hand. Swapped breasts for thighs (skin off – doesn’t look nearly as crispy as the image), cut out the apple cider & added chicken broth for flavor. It wound up being more savory than I think it would have been with the sweetness of the cider, but I LOVED it. I also had to swap orzo for arborio rice because my local store didn’t have orzo (what a shame!). Decided to add in some gruyere cheese + Parm to the rice and WOW it took it to the next level. Since my chicken didn’t have any skin it looked a little dull, so I went ahead and turned some of the crockpot juices into a sauce. I love that these recipes can be customized and still turn out great.

    1. Hey Courtney,
      Happy Friday!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thank you so much for making it! Thanks for sharing what worked well for you. xTieghan

    2. Hi Courtney did you cook the Arborio for the same amount of time as listed in the recipe for the Orzo? I want to try this too!

  95. 2 stars
    I was so excited for this recipe as I have made and loved many half baked harvest recipes, but this one really let me down. Followed the directions exactly as they were and made this in a slow cooker. The orzo is just gummy and has an undesirable taste – it was inedible to be honest. We kept the chicken but got rid of the orzo.

    1. Hi Kathleen,
      So sorry you did not enjoy the recipe, was there anything you may have adjusted? Please let me know if I can help in anyway! xTieghan

  96. Hi! Can I substitute the white wine with a white wine vinegar and chicken stock mixture? I love that substitution for the breaded lemon chicken.

    1. Hey Whitney,
      I would skip the vinegar, chicken broth in place of the wine would be great to use. I hope this recipe turns out amazing for you, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  97. 4 stars
    I made the slow cooker version. The flavors were superb! I’d add more broccoli next time. The orzo reminded me of risotto- it was rich and delicious. If I make it again, I would remove the cooked orzo out of the crock pot as soon as it is done cooking because it became super pasty when we went back for seconds (even though I had turned the crock pot off.) Or maybe I’d use rice instead!

    On a side note, I thought it was sad the # of people who misread the recipe and used apple cider vinegar instead of apple cider and poorly reviewed the recipe because of their mistake…

    All in all, the flavors of the dish were divine. I loved how the chicken took on the flavor of the apple cider. I’d make some subtle changes next time to make it 5 stars 🙂

  98. Alot of people are saying this is a no-go Because of the vinegar…The recipe Calls for APPlE CIDER not apple cider vinegar!! That makes a Huge difference 🙂

  99. 1 star
    This was a hard no for me and my family (including a 15 month old and an almost 3 year old). I didn’t make the apple cider mistake others noted (using vinegar instead of apple cider) but even per the recipe, this came out overcooked and unpleasantly yellow. Even the bright green broccoli came out sad and brownish in the slow cooker. Really wanted to like this because of the ease and ability to prep ahead but definitely can’t recommend.

    1. Hey Nicole,
      So sorry this recipe was not enjoyed, was there anything you may have adjusted? Please let me know how I can help! xTieghan

  100. 3 stars
    I am a huge HBH fan but this recipe was not one of my favorites. I followed the slow cooker recipe (with apple cider, not vinegar) and the flavors didn’t come together. Also, after cooking the orzo for 25 minutes on high it was still very underdone and I had to move it to the stove to boil and simmer for another 30 minutes. I’d recommend the Broccoli Cheddar Chicken and Rice casserole, which was great and similar cozy feel!

  101. 5 stars
    I made the stove top version of this with some substitutions (based on what I had on hand) and it was great! I used chicken thighs instead of breasts, apple juice instead of apple cider, pearl couscous instead of orzo, and spinach instead of broccoli, though I added it at the end. Really easy to mix things up if you don’t have everything on hand.

    1. Hey Christine,
      I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, I truly appreciate you giving it a try!! Thanks for sharing what worked well for you. 🍁 xTieghan

  102. 1 star
    For me – the apple cider vinegar over powered all the other flavors and it was extremely vinegary/acidic. If you make it I’d suggest using chicken broth instead of apple cider vinegar. Can’t help but wonder if that whole cup of vinegar is a typo. Sadly, just doesn’t work.

    1. Hey MaryEllen,
      Please note, the recipe calls for apple cider, not apple cider vinegar. Please let me know if you try the recipe again:) xTieghan

    1. Hey Melissa,
      So sorry to hear this, was there anything you adjusted in the recipe? What cooking method did you use? Let me know how I can help! xTieghan

    1. Hey Sandy,
      Sorry you didn’t enjoy the recipe, but it calls for apple cider, not vinegar. I hope you’ll try it again with the correct ingredients:) xTieghan

  103. 1 star
    Eeekk – this was a hard no for my family — we spent so much on ingredients and all day cooking — it was such a let down — but we could just not do it. Proceed with caution.

  104. 5 stars
    This recipe was DELICIOUS! Everything came together so quickly and it had such great flavours. I would maybe add slightly less water to the orzo the next time I make it – but the sauce was lovely!

  105. 5 stars
    This recipe was DELICIOUS! Everything came together so quickly and it had such great flavours. I would maybe add slightly less water to the orzo the next time I make it – but the sauce was lovely!

  106. 5 stars
    Delicious! I finished it on the stove top because my crockpot doesn’t get really hot..I used boneless/skinless chicken breast and they did fall apart some so would probably use bigger chicken breast with the skin on…loved the cider and wine…so yummy!

  107. Not gonna sugar-coat it, this was my first HBH failure. I adjusted the servings to 3 and used the crock pot (low) method. No bueno! The chicken was overcooked and the orzo gummy. It’s a shame because it smelled so good!
    I salvaged the meat for chicken salad and put the cooked shallots on a frozen pizza with the fresh parm. While it was a bummer, I’m not afraid to take another stab at it if you have recommendations. Maybe I should try it in the Instant Pot.

    1. Hey Binnie,
      So sorry to hear this, next time, I would maybe just simply cut the recipe in half and same with the cooking time. If you reduced the recipe you would also want to reduce the cooking time. I hope this helps! xTieghan

      1. 3 stars
        Followed recipe exactly, but like others, orzo was gummy. What suggestions do you have? Because otherwise would have been so good.

        1. Hi Margie,
          So sorry to hear this! It sounds like the orzo could have been overcooked, next time I would reduce the orzo cook time by 5-10 minutes. I hope this helps! xTieghan

    1. I would definitely not use the apple cider vinegar. We couldn’t eat the meal it was so vinegary/acidic. Apple sauce or chicken broth a good substitute for the vinegar.

      1. The recipe does not call for apple cider vinegar, it simply calls for apple cider, I even include a link in the ingredient list:) xTieghan

    2. Hi Jenny,
      I would use either apple cider or apple juice:) I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  108. 5 stars
    Easy, quick and soooo good! Was running late and whipped this up spontaneously after noticing the recipe earlier and realizing I had all the ingredients. It tasted like fine dining. Used rice instead of Orzo for GF and it was delicious! Thank again for another keeper!

  109. Cant wait to try! I know its a new recipe but has anyone tried with quinoa? Wondering I should use the same amount as the orzo!

    1. Hey Alexandra,
      I think that would work well for you. I hope this dish turns out amazing, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  110. 5 stars
    Easy, quick and soooo good! Was running late and whipped this up after noticing the recipe earlier and realizing I had all the ingredients. It tasted like fine dining. Used rice instead of Orzo for GF and it was delicious! Thank you!

  111. I want to make this recipe! You have it listed as 442 calories/person, but when I enter it into MyFitnessPal directly from your page, it lists it as 672 calories/person. How do you determine your calories per portion? I noticed it on another recipe I really wanted to make, the stuffed pasta shells, but it was just too many calories.

    1. Maybe consider having a smaller portion of the yummy calorie rich food with a big salad or veggies:) Then you get the best of both worlds!

    2. Hey Debbie,
      We use an online system where the ingredients are inputted and the calories are produced, as always it is just an estimate:) xTieghan

  112. 4 stars
    I absolutely loved this – but I think I screwed up by making it in the morning almost exactly then broiling the chicken to re-heat at dinner time – unfort the chicken came out quite dry 🙁 but I think that was a self-own on my part! Very easy to make and the shallots add so much flavor. I live in London and wasn’t sure where to find apple cider so just used regular apple juice, which was fine.

    1. Hey Emily,
      Thanks for giving the recipe a try, so sorry your chicken turned out dry! Please let me know if I can help in anyway! xTieghan

  113. 3 stars
    OMG I wish I had read the recipe. I misread and used apple cider vinegar! It was inedible. Maybe I should try again, as it was so easy to make! Ugh!!!

      1. OMG. Can’t believe I also used apple cider vinegar. UGH. Dish ruined. Should have read more carefully but so many of us made the same mistake. I bet it’s absolutely delicious w apple cider (NOT vinegar).

  114. 5 stars
    Made this for dinner tonight and it was hands down amazing. The flavors of the mustard, wine, garlic, herbs, and apple cider (the juice, not the vinegar 😉 perfectly complimented one another. I made mine in the insta pot and the prep/cook time was sub 45 minutes for me. So easy and so delicious! I definitely sautéed the chicken for a little too long because I was nervous about it not cooking all the way through, but it did! The orzo was perfectly cooked and the cream and parm were perfect finishers. If you have the time I’d definitely recommend cooking it in the insta pot, especially if you’re wanting the orzo al dente.

    1. Hey Bianca,
      So sorry to hear this. Was there anything you adjusted in the recipe? How long did you cook for? Please let me know how I can help! xTieghan

      1. REALLY wish I had read the comments before this! Will try again another time. But yikes, one bite and that is not a mistake I will make again.

    1. OMG Tracy I did the same thing! The family was like…ummmm…this is somewhat burning! I totally misread that also and when I was pouring it in I was thinking this was a lot! 🤣😂

    2. Hi Tracy,
      Not at all, I can imagine that would taste horribly, the recipe calls for apple cider, not vinegar:) xTieghan

    1. Hey Heidi,
      So sorry you did not enjoy the recipe, but there is no apple cider vinegar in this dish, the recipe calls for apple cider which I even link in the ingredient list:) xTieghan

  115. 5 stars
    Great recipe – family loved it!
    I don’t love Thyme – substituted Rosemary.
    Easy prep – will definitely be making again.
    Thank you Tieghan. You are a super talented creative lady!
    And so generous to share those talents.

  116. Way too vinegary, i cooked in Dutch oven – maybe that’s why? I’d cook again using half the vinegar.
    I added cream & cheese at the end it was omitted from stove top directions.

    1. 4 stars
      I just made this and it was great but it was heavy on the Dijon and we love mustard!
      I saw that some people used apple cider vinegar. That made me laugh because whhyyyy?!
      I didn’t have apple cider so I used apple juice. I also did 1/2 cup of white wine and 1/2 cup of chicken stock which I would do again. My orzo took forever, like 20 min in the slow cooker. My husband and I liked this (the chicken was to die for) except the orzo just tasted like Dijon which was overbearing. I will make it again with less than 1 Tbsp, def not 2. Thank you Teighan!!

      1. Hey Wrenn,
        I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, I truly appreciate you giving it a try!! Thanks for sharing what worked well for you. 🍁 xTieghan

    2. Hi Liz,
      Thanks for giving the recipe a try. This dish calls for apple cider, not apple cider vinegar:) I hope this helps for next time. xTieghan

  117. 1 star
    Ugh I hate writing a neg review as I typically LOVE everything you make. But I just made this for my family and it taste like eating a bag of salt and vinegar chips it’s so strong. 🙁

          1. Hi Christina,
            Yes, chicken thighs will work well here. I hope this recipe turns out amazing for you, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Amy,
      So sorry to hear this, but there is no vinegar in this recipe, the dish simply calls for apple cider. Maybe that will help for next time:) xTieghan

  118. Hi Tieghan – I am making this for dinner as I type, and it looks (and smells) delicious! My question is that in the preparation photos, I see that there are red pepper flakes added in the beginning with the thyme, sage, etc., but I don’t see it included in the ingredient list or instructions. I eyeballed it, but it would be great to know the exact recommended measurement for the future!

    1. Hi Lauren,
      A pinch of red pepper flakes is perfect, it’s really to your spice liking:) I hope this dish turns out amazing! xTieghan

  119. 4 stars
    I really loved this recipe, but did run into one issue. I followed the instant pot directions and my orzo did stick to the bottom of the pot some. How can I avoid this in the future?

    1. Hey Molly,
      I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, I truly appreciate you giving it a try!! So sorry to hear about the orzo, did you add it to the chicken? The chicken should really be covering the bottom of the pot for you. xTieghan

    1. Hi Kristyn,
      You bet, I would use chicken broth in place of the wine. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. A friend of mine that’s vegan uses soy milk / unsweetened nut milk + olive oil (or other oil you like) or non-dairy creamer like milkadamia. No idea if this is similar taste wise.

    2. Hi Melinda,
      I would use any other dairy free milk that you enjoy! I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  120. A few questions, on your Instagram story it looks like your chicken had skin on it. Did you use chicken thighs? Also can you substitute rice for the orzo? I have a gluten allergy:(

      1. I made this tonight, (crock pot) and it unfortunately did not turn out well for me. I would definitely sub rice- as it holds up better than the orzo which became gummy and soaked up all the liquid by the time half my family could eat it. If you don’t sub the rice, eat immediately 🙂

      2. Hey Heather,
        I would use arborio rice as it will cook pretty much like the orzo. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hi Gina,
      The IG story looks like 5-6oz boneless breast w/skin on. You can use skinless, but use care when removing them from the slow cooker so that they don’t fall apart.

        1. Hey Cath,
          You can use skin on chicken:) Or skin off, it’s really personal preference here. I hope you love the recipe! xTieghan

    2. Hi Gina,
      You can use any chicken that you like for this recipe, bone-in, skin on, boneless, skinless, thighs, breasts, the dish will be great with any of those. I would use arborio rice as it will have a similar cook time to the orzo. Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  121. Looks amazing as usual! I love the option to cut the recipe for less people on the print page.
    When cutting in half, do you cut the amount of water for the orzo in half?
    I see you didn’t use apple cider in the video, but you used juice of 2 lemons. If I don’t use cider is it appropriate to double the wine?

    1. Hey Karen,
      If you cut the recipe in half then yes you will also cut the water in half. I used both wine and cider so I would recommend following the recipe as written:) Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Hey Alexa,
      I added both the cider and wine, you can follow the recipe as written:) I hope you love this dish, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  122. Hi Tieghan! Just want to be sure before I make this amazing recipe – for the stove top directions, you don’t do the step where you remove the chicken and put it in the oven? You add the orzo to the pot with the chicken still in it?
    Thank you for including all three methods, it is so great!

    1. Hi Stephanie,
      Yes, that is correct, you can follow those instructions as written:) Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

      1. Hi Tiegan! This looks delicious. In the the instant pot recipe, do you remove the chicken and then cook the orzo and broccoli on its own? Thank you.

        1. Hi Mary Jane,
          Nope, you will keep the chicken in the pot and add the orzo and broccoli to that. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

      2. 5 stars
        Cant wait to try! I know its a new recipe but has anyone tried with quinoa? Wondering I should use the same amount as the orzo!

        1. Hey Alexandra,
          An equal amount of quinoa should work well for you here. Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Hi Diana,
      I have not tried this, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work for you. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

      1. 5 stars
        I saw this on Instagram first thing in the morning and craved it ALL day so I sent my husband to the store to grab some of the ingredients we didn’t have.

        Friends you DONT want to miss out on this one! Creamy, simple, and packed full of warm flavor! Comfort food to the max on this rainy Tuesday in Boston.

        I made the instant pot version and it was ready in around 20 minutes, the perfect weeknight meal. Thank you so much Tieghan!

  123. Hello! Would using a substitute for the cream take away from this dish a lot? Do you recommend swapping for something else? Using less cream/parm? Trying to make it a little healthier!

    1. Hi Maggie,
      You could replace the cream with skim milk and still achieve a similar result. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  124. 3 stars
    I would do 1/2 as much vinegar, and Cooke orzo on the stove top before adding. Made as instructed the orzo was sticky and the vinegar too strong.

    1. Hi Michelle,
      Thanks for giving the recipe a try. Please note, there is no vinegar in this recipe, the dish calls for apple cider:) I hope this helps for next time! xTieghan

    1. Hi Robin,
      I did not cut mine, but you certainly can if that is to your liking. I hope you love this dish, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. I’m so confused. I don’t see vinegar. Did I miss something, I’m making this Wednesday for dinner and just want to be sure lol

      1. It seems that the people complaining about vinegar used “apple cider VINEGAR” rather than apple cider, like the juice! They just misread it!

    2. Hey Pamela,
      So sorry you didn’t enjoy the recipe, but there is no vinegar in this dish, the recipe calls for apple cider. Please let me know if you give it another try. xTieghan

    1. There shouldn’t be any vinegar in the recipe! It calls for “apple cider”, like the juice. Not apple cider vinegar! Maybe try it again 🙂

  125. I don’t know what I did wrong, but this failed miserably! I used thighs instead of breasts which was delicious after cooking. I then added the orzo and broccoli and the other ingredients. The orzo was clumpy. Probably not enough liquid. Will try again!

    1. Hey Sarah,
      So sorry to hear this, was there anything you adjusted in the recipe? What cooking method did you use? Let me know how I can help! xTieghan

    1. Hi Kate,
      No need to flip the chicken, you can follow the recipe as is:) Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Hi Kristine,
      I just love the smell the dish creates in the house and how the flavors really mend together over the longer cooking time. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  126. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious. Just finished having this for dinner! Changed my chicken risotto plans when I saw this in my email this morning.

    Here’s the modifications I made to fit ingredients I had at home if anyone needs ideas to modify:

    Mixed apple butter into some chicken stock I needed to use up as a sub for cider.

    Skipped parm and only did a splash of cream to finish.

    Used skinless chicken breasts- no problems.

    Added rosemary and bay leaf to the sage and thyme because I had them on hand. Just did as a bouquet garnis in liquid instead of chopped.

    1. Hey Emily,
      Awesome!! Love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for giving it a try! Thanks for sharing what worked well for you! xTieghan

  127. When you say Apple Cider – are you saying an alcoholic fermented cider or just apple cider as a juice. I was assuming the fermented – but want to check.

    1. If you click on the hyperlink in the recipe you’ll see she’s suggesting an apple cider sold at Target. It’s not hard (alcoholic) cider.

    2. Hey Marie,
      For this recipe I did not use an alcoholic cider, just regular apple cider that is similar to the juice. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  128. Thank you for including stove top methods. I’m recently retired & have been downsizing. I’ve donated my instapot & two sets of dishes to Habitat for Humanity. Don’t know why I had two extra sets of dishes.😉

  129. Hi – do you really use boneless breasts with the skin for this recipe? I’m not really sure where I would get these, outside of going to the Whole Foods butcher, which I probably wouldn’t do for a crockpot recipe! Would you recommend using boneless/skinless or breasts with skin and bones instead?

    1. Hey Jacki,
      You can really use any kind of chicken you want for this recipe, it will turn out great either way:) Please let me know if you give the dish a try! xTieghan

  130. Our family greatly prefers dark meat, so I’m wondering whether we could swap out the breasts. Is there a particular reason you think breasts are better for this recipe? Or, if it’s fine to switch, could you suggest cooking time and bone-in or boneless thighs. Thank you!

    1. Hey Yvonne,
      You can easily use bone-in chicken or boneless thighs, you can follow the recipes as is, the chicken will cook just fine. Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Hey Karen,
      The cream and parmesan is added in step 2. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Erin,
      Depending on which cooking method you use, you will also cut the cooking times in half. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

      1. Hey Chelsea,
        Thanks for giving the recipe a try. Was there anything you adjusted in the recipe? What cooking method did you use? It’s really hard for me to say without knowing some more info. xTieghan

        1. Hi Tiegan!

          I used the crockpot method. The only thing I adjusted was the apple cider…I did not have any so I replaced it with chicken broth.

  131. This looks great! I’m very excited to try it I’m just wondering when to add the heavy cream for cooking by instant pot?

    1. Selina, I’m at the 2nd sautéing stage in instant pot and am going to add the cream & parm once arborio (had no orzo) is al dente!

    2. Hey Selina,
      Yes, the heavy cream is added in step 2. I hope this recipe turns out amazing for you, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Hey Nicole,
      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 and cider. 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.
      3. Serve the chicken over the orzo. Enjoy!

      1. Hi! Just to ensure I understand, are we to leave or take out the chicken from the Dutch Oven before adding orzo, broccoli and water? Can we follow the crockpot method to finish the chicken in the broiler as well?

        1. Hi Janet,
          You are going to leave the chicken in the dutch oven. Sure, if you want to follow the crockpot instructions that will also work. I hope you love the recipe! xTieghan

    1. Hey Gail,
      I would follow these stove top instructions:
      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 and cider. 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.
      3. Serve the chicken over the orzo. Enjoy!

    1. Hey Emma,
      I would recommend using Arborio rice as that will have a similar cook time to the orzo. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Emma,
      I would recommend using Arborio rice as that will have a similar cook time to the orzo. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  132. Looks great, but a question – in the Instant Pot directions, do you remove the chicken before adding the orzo and broccoli?

    1. Hey Jennifer,
      Nope, you will just leave the chicken in the pot, so you can follow those instructions as is:) I hope you love this dish, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  133. This recipe sounds amazing! I always love and appreciate how you incorporate veggies into whatever dish you’re making too. I’m headed to the store now to pick up the ingredients, but I would so appreciate it if you would post Dutch Oven Stovetop instructions too please so I don’t botch such a delicious looking recipe!

    1. Hey Alex,
      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 and cider. 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.
      3. Serve the chicken over the orzo. Enjoy!

    1. Hey there,
      Yes, there would be a huge difference. You will want to use apple cider for this recipe, not apple cider vinegar. Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Hi Melissa,
      The cream and parmesan is also added in step 3 after the water. Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Hey Danielle,
      Yes, that will be just fine for you to use. I hope this recipe turns out amazing, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  134. This reads like it would be amazing but I don’t have either a slow cooker or an Instapot… do you think it could be made in a Dutch oven on the stove top?

    1. Hi Sarah,
      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 and cider. 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.
      3. Serve the chicken over the orzo. Enjoy!

    1. Hi Connie,
      I used skin on for extra flavor, but skinless is also totally fine to use. Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Hey there,
      Sure, either of those would work well here. I hope this recipe turns out amazing for you, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  135. Hi! What’s your favorite wine to cook with? I’d like to have your top picks on hand, both white and red, please. LOVE the crockpot recipes, keep them coming! Making this tonight;) Thank you for all you do for everyone else; you make such a great difference! Happy fall, Kerry

    1. Hi Kerry,
      I typically like to use a dry white Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio and for red I like to use a Cabernet Sauvignon. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Hey Leisa,
      For this dish I did not use hard cider, just regular apple cider. I hope this recipe turns out amazing for you, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hi, just an observation but if you go to print the recipe you have an option to change the measurements to metric. Have a nice day!

        1. Hi Dena,
          I would just completely skip the steps that involve the chicken. I hope it turns out okay, I have not tested this before:) xTieghan