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Can you say winner, winner chicken dinner???

One-Pot Greek Oregano Chicken and Orzo with Tomatoes in Garlic Oil | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

I mean, I know that is so cliché (and cheesy!!), but it’s true. This one pot chicken dinner is everything.

And it’s a 30-minute, no fuss, kind of chicken dinner. SCORE.

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I am totally on an simple summertime suppers kick (wow, what has gotten in to me!). Don’t worry, I’ve made sure that all those good summertime flavors are still maintained, but I’m keeping the steps to a minimum. Oh, and using a boat load of summer produce too, cause you know that’s my favorite thing to do this time of year. I must tell you though, I tried to spiralize carrots today and well, I failed miserably. Pretty sure thin carrots just do not work for spiralizing into noodles…I was kind of sad 🙁

One-Pot Greek Oregano Chicken and Orzo with Tomatoes in Garlic Oil | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

So even though all the colors of this dish look like Christmas, it’s really all about everything summer. I mean you can definitely make this come December, BUT you surely will not be getting those gorgeous heirloom tomatoes, which I clearly cannot get enough of. Got to eat them while they are here, ya know??

Also, is it crazy that I still have recipes ideas for tomatoes?? I have already made so many tomato recipes, but yet my August recipe list is packed to the brim with tomatoes, corn and zucchini recipes, all of which I am kind of excited about.

One-Pot Greek Oregano Chicken and Orzo with Tomatoes in Garlic Oil | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

So this one-pot Greek oregano chicken and orzo is so perfect for a quick summer dinner. Everything gets cooked in the same pot (clearly I am partial to all my Staub pots) and the flavors are spot on. Plus, the feta pretty much seals the deal, don’t you think?

Life with feta = happiness.

One-Pot Greek Oregano Chicken and Orzo with Tomatoes in Garlic Oil | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

I am not really sure how people feel about oregano, but I am loving it this summer. Normally I am ALL about basil. I love, love basil, it’s probably one of my favorite herbs, but lately I have been feeling the need to branch out a little and experiment with different herbs. I’m sure you all are no stranger to oregano, but personally, I have not used it as a main flavor component in my recipes.

Today I’m changing all that and really letting the oregano shine. I didn’t use an ounce of basil AND surprisingly, I didn’t even miss it. Do not get me wrong, I am sure a hand full of fresh basil in this would be amazing, but the fresh oregano really does an awesome job on its own of adding just the right amount of great Greek inspired flavor. Sometimes oregano can be overpowering, but when paired with this chicken, some balsamic vinegar and smoked paprika, it was perfect.

And umm, those bell peppers are also pretty delicious. I love sautéed and/or roasted bell peppers. My dad puts them on top of his pasta dishes and I swear I could just eat the peppers. They are my favorite part!!

One-Pot Greek Oregano Chicken and Orzo with Tomatoes in Garlic Oil | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Oh and that orzo? Originally, I was inspired by Bon Appetit to make an Oregano Grilled Chicken dish, but I just keep thinking to myself “where are the carbs? This recipes feel boring without carbs”. Yup, that is totally how my brain works. Some people might be like, just add lettuce and call it day… but me – I add carbs!

I like to think I am a pretty smart cookie for thinking this way.

Plus, the orzo takes on a risotto-like texture since it gets cooked in with the chicken and peppers. I promise, it is some of the best orzo you will eat. No really.

One-Pot Greek Oregano Chicken and Orzo with Tomatoes in Garlic Oil | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

One-Pot Greek Oregano Chicken and Orzo with Tomatoes in Garlic Oil | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

One-Pot Greek Oregano Chicken and Orzo with Tomatoes in Garlic Oil.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 781 kcal

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Ingredients

Tomatoes

Chicken + Orzo

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken, cut into bit size pieces
  • 2-3 cloves garlic minced or grated
  • 2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt + pepper
  • 1/2 cup fresh oregano chopped
  • 2 bell peppers sliced
  • 1 cup mixed kalamata or green olives
  • 16 ounces orzo pasta use gluten free if needed
  • 4-6 ounces feta cheese crumbled

Instructions

Tomatoes

  • Add the olive oil, garlic and chili pepper flakes to a small sauce pan. Bring the oil to a low boil and then quickly reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 20-30 minutes and then remove from the heat. Allow to cool and then store in a glass jar for up to a month in the fridge.
  • Add the tomatoes to a bowl or plate and drizzle with the chili oil mix. Sprinkle with salt + pepper. Serve alongside the chicken.

Chicken

  • Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a medium size dutch oven or large skillet set on medium-high heat.
  • Once hot, add the chicken, garlic, balsamic vinegar, smoked paprika, salt and pepper. Toss the chicken to coat and then cook until the chicken is browned all over and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Stir in the oregano and cook another minute. Remove the chicken from the pan and to a plate.
  • To the same pan, add another tablespoon of olive oil, the bell peppers and a pinch of salt + pepper. Sear the peppers until just beginning to caramelize on the edges, about 3-4 minutes. Add the orzo and another tablespoon of olive oil. Stir the pasta with the peppers on then pour in 2 1/2 cups water. Cook until almost all the water is absorbed and the orzo is creamy. Taste the orzo to make sure it is soft in the middle, if needed, add another 1/2 cup of water and continue cooking the orzo until soft. It is important to stir the orzo often, as it wants to stick to the bottom of the pan.
  • Once the orzo is cooked, slide the chicken and olives into the orzo and remove from the heat. Allow the chicken to warm through, about 3 minutes.
  • Serve the dish topped with crumbled feta cheese and a side of tomatoes in chili oil.

One-Pot Greek Oregano Chicken and Orzo with Tomatoes in Garlic Oil | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Just don’t skimp on the feta, like I said, it seals the deal!

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  1. I’ve tried this recipe when I met my husband three years ago. You know what they say, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and I really think him trying your recipe I cooked for him helped bring us together. On our first date after this he even bought me a present (something like https://www.analuisa.com/collections/coin-necklace).
    Just a few months later and he proposed and now, three years later we are waiting for our first child. Thank you!!!!

  2. We liked this recipe very much, however, I do think you should “test” it again, and make alterations to it. As previous comments noted, the quantity of orzo is too great, and the 3 T of hot chili flakes is way too much. Perhaps you meant 3 teaspoons? Otherwise, a great mixture of flavors!

    1. Hey Bonnie,
      Thanks so much for making this recipe, trust me it’s been tested several times before sharing. You can always adjust the spice level to your liking:) xTieghan

  3. 1 star
    Sorry, but this is really bad. Made it per the instructions – bad flavors, looked like glop. Husband took one bite and ordered a pizza. So disappointed

  4. 2 stars
    I have to admit I didn’t care for this. I forgot to put the Feta on but I don’t think that’ll make a difference.

    1. Hey Joanne,
      Sorry to hear you did not enjoy the recipe, please let me know if I can help in anyway! xTieghan

  5. 5 stars
    EVERYONE IN MY FAMILY RAAAAAVED ABOUT THIS MEAL!!!!! including my 4 year old and my 1 year old! Absolutely delicious!

    1. Hey Marissa,
      Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try, I am thrilled that it worked out for you! Happy Holidays! xTieghan

  6. 4 stars
    I am puzzled by your measurements. I looked at my box of orzo before making this. 1/4 to 1/3 cup is a serving size. 16 oz is a mountain! I cut the amount in half and still had plenty.

  7. 3 stars
    To be honest, this is my least favorite HBH recipe I’ve tried so far (although everything else I’ve made became instant favorites). I was excited to use the oregano I’ve been growing, but it’s flavor was completely overwhelmed by the paprika. That’s really all I can taste. Also, I definitely recommend cutting back on the red pepper flakes. I love spicy food, but it was definitely a bit much. If I tried it again, I would omit the paprika entirely and reduce the pepper flakes by half. Also would add more bell pepper.

    1. Hi Andrea! I am really sorry to hear that!! Is there anything I can do to help? I hope you continue to love all of the other recipes you try! xTieghan

    1. Hi Shan! A lot of people comment on the photos or how the post! Sorry about that. I hope you understand! xTieghan

  8. 5 stars
    It’s been quite a while since the last review. So I’m giving you an update. At home hiding from the Virus and made this for the family. It was absolutely delicious !!!!! Don’t be shy with the garlic and spices. And feta. I had boneless chicken thighs in the fridge and it was very moist. I will make this a go-to dinner and keep the ingredients in the pantry. Thank you SO much !!!

    1. Amazing!! I am so glad this turned out so well for you and your family! I hope you are staying safe and healthy, Teri! xTieghan

  9. 5 stars
    Recipe turned out perfect, really tasty, will definitely make again, it’s been a long time since I’ve felt inspired to try out a new dish, thank you

  10. Made this tonight in the crockpot! 2 1/2-3 hours on high, seared chicken, seasonings,1 cup of chicken stock with a touch of marsala wine. Cooked one and a half hours, then added tomatoes, olives, fresh oregano. I cooked the orzo separate. Topped with feta. FANTASTIC!!!!

  11. A question on the crushed red pepper flakes – are these hot as in crushed chilli flakes? Or does the red pepper refer to bell peppers (capsicum)? I’d like to try this recipe but am not sure about this ingredient. Thanks, Jo.

    1. HI! They are the hot chili flakes. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much!! xTieghan

  12. 5 stars
    Yum! Yum! Yum! Made this for hubby and 40yr old visiting daughter. Both loved it and daughter requested a copy to make at home for her family. Thanks, again, Tieghan, for sharing your creative self.

  13. I made the chicken (without the tomatoes or garlic oil) and it was DELICIOUS and super easy! The chicken left delicious spices in the pot that infused the quinoa and peppers as well. This recipe is a keeper!

  14. made this last night for my hubby and 2 year old. was a smash hit!

    I too sensed that the oil was getting a little too hot so I just shut off the heat around the 15 minute mark. the smashed garlic pieces came out crispy and quite delicious!

    I didn’t have fresh tomatoes so actually what I did was chop up about 15 oz of peeled plum tomatoes in a can and threw them in the pot with the chicken at the end. we aren’t big fans of feta so we left it out. hubby and I loved the chili oil but left it off for my toddler who doesn’t usually eat chicken but again made an exception for one of your dishes!!

    the only tough thing about this recipe is I realize I should not have made it in mid summer!! felt like I was slaving over the stove making a risotto and I was overheating, myself! but that is my own fault. lol.

    another meal for the regular rotation per hubby’s request. thank you!!!

  15. I just made this recipe for dinner for my husband tonight, and it turned out delicious! He loves Greek food. I’m vegetarian so I couldn’t try it, but it was easy to make and looked amazing. We’re already talking about variations — making it with seitan instead of chicken to be vegetarian, or using the chicken marinade for other meats and veggies on the barbecue. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Joy!! SO happy it was easy to make and your husband liked it!! It should be delish converted to vegetarian with either substitute! Hope you love it!!
      Thanks!

  16. This looks absolutely delicious!! I have a gluten intolerance so I was wondering if I could swap the orzo for rice or quinoa?

    1. A couple years ago in the comments section on this recipe Tieghan said that a great substitute for orzo would be quinoa, and I agree with her. I love quinoa and think it would be great in this recipe.

  17. Made this again, loved it again!! Great way to use my vegetable garden miracles. Love all your recipes!

  18. I just made the chicken and orzo tonight. My husband and I really liked the recipe. (My grocery store didn’t have fresh oregano so I used basil, but it still turned out great.). He was surprised the orzo didn’t have cream or something in it.the chicken was moist and had great flavor.

    The one thing is the constant stirring! Not very fun. But the flavors were delicious.

    Next time I make it, I’ll do oregano.

    1. So happy you made it and liked it! The constant stirring can be annoying :/ Thanks for trying it though!

  19. Made this tonight, and was disappointed. It was quite bland and the flavour of the oregano became lost. The garlic and chilli burnt by the 10 minute mark, even though I only smashed the garlic and had it on the lowest heat possible. Made for an inedible chilli oil.

    1. Hi Angela, I am really sorry this did not work out for you. let me know if I can help adjust the recipe for you in anyway. Tieghan

  20. The chili oil we tried to make didn’t turn out. Followed the directions but ended up with burnt garlic and a burnt tasting oil with an overwhelming amount of chili flakes. We simmered the oil on low heat. I’m wondering if 20 minutes was too long?!?! Anyone else have this issue?

    1. Hey Katie!

      I am so sorry about the burnt oil, did you chop the garlic or leave it whole? If you just smash the garlic instead of chopping it, that should take care of the burnt garlic. Also, if you smell the garlic getting a little too cooked, just remove it from the heat early. Again, so sorry, but hope this helps!

  21. Gurl,
    I just made my son’s favorite one pot chicken dish tonight and was thinking…I wonder what else I can do in one pot w/chicken that I could add to my rotation. This Greek Gurl thanks you ever so much! I am going to try it soon!

    Have you ever seen heirloom stuffing tomatoes? I am on the lookout for those.

    Abra

  22. I am so delighted with your blog. This chicken was fabulous! I varied with a pasta I had on hand and it was still awesome. It passed the taste buds of my 17 year old foodie son with panache!

  23. Tieghan, this looks amazing! Like summertime comfort…and it’s raining here, so automatically I want big bowls of comfort (and carbs). Also, feta…anytime.

  24. Agreed. Life with feta sure does equal happiness. Immense happiness. Such a simple and easy dish and yet so packed with flavour and colour. Definitely trying this one!

  25. I keep coming back to look at this recipe–I haven’t been cooking lately.
    It’s just easier for a single person to eat out and since it’s summer I can eat outside.
    But I really want to make this recipe but first I need to get to the farmers market for tomatoes and I do like oregano.

  26. OMG, it’s like midnight and I was just wondering what I should make for dinner on Friday night (being the foodie I am). I was browsing the web for 30 minutes meals and then I was like “HM I wonder if Tieghan’s got anything” AND THEN I came to your page and you just posted this! Haha, that’s my story of the night. Anyway, I will be making this tomorrow night for my bf and I so I shall keep you posted on how it turns out!

  27. Nike has, “Just do it” You should have, “just add carbs”! And I am totally in for that! This looks great, as usual.

  28. So gorgeous! Those tomato shots! Stunning. Love these kinds of dishes, and I’m a huge oregano fan 😉

  29. This recipe made my day. I have all of the ingredients and I don’t have to turn on the oven? I am all over this one!

  30. Hi, I love your one-pot dinners. We made the ravioli with pistachio butter last night, and it was delicious. This recipe, a question about the oil: did you strain it before storing in the fridge?

  31. This looks so heavenly! And I love that it only takes 30 minutes. You’re the go-to girl for summer produce recipes! I’ve saved this recipe and I can’t wait to try it.
    Happy summertime!
    xx Sydney

  32. I need more simple summer recipes in my life. Also, can I just say you have the best tomato recipes/photos on the internet!! I’m giddy to see what you have coming up for the rest of the summer.

  33. This looks so tasty and I already have 95% of the ingredients! Guess I know what is for dinner tonight. Thanks for such a beautiful recipe!

  34. This looks really good. I am planning on making this next week. I have a question: How much of the oil do I pour over the tomatoes? Thank you so much. Have a nice day.

    Thank you for your recipes, I love them!!
    Donna Roche

  35. This looks great , I’m going to make it soon. Our health food store sells a delicious orzo .

  36. I am not a fan of orzo, but my six year old is, so I already have this one stored away to reproduce soon as can be, as I am sure he will be licking juices of his plate, it is so up his alley: orzo, chicken, tomatoes and oregano? THe boy is in!!
    http://bloglairdutemps.blogspot.pt/

  37. One pot dishes are perfect this time of year – okay anytime this year. And I am a big oregano fan that thinks it never gets enough credit so I am all over this dish!

  38. Those tomatoes are just to die for! They are truly the perfect image of summer. And that dish is everything one could possibly want at this time of year. Great job 😀

  39. Oh I so love a chicken dinner, with orzo, in one pot. This is my kind of food and definitely my kind of recipe. I love oregano and I actually have some Greek Oregano growing in the garden! Can’t ever get enough of tomato dishes, especially in the summer. Thank you for a fab post. Will # you when I make it. Sammie http://www.feastingisfun.com