Baked chicken breasts cook in the oven while you mix together a Mediterranean salad--packed with veggies, whole-wheat orzo and an easy homemade Greek vinaigrette--for a weekend-worthy dinner on the table in under an hour. The leftovers from this healthy 400-calorie meal make a delicious packable lunch for the next day.

Carolyn Casner
Source:, November 2017


Recipe Summary

40 mins
40 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

  • Brush chicken with 1 tablespoon oil and sprinkle with lemon zest and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Place in a baking dish. Bake until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 165 degrees F, 25 to 30 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, bring a quart of water to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Add orzo and cook for 8 minutes. Add spinach and cook for 1 minute more. Drain and rinse with cold water. Drain well and transfer to a large bowl. Add cucumber, tomato, onion, feta and olives. Stir to combine.

  • Whisk the remaining 2 tablespoons oil, lemon juice, garlic, oregano and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a small bowl. Stir all but 1 tablespoon of the dressing into the orzo mixture. Drizzle the remaining dressing over the chicken and serve with the salad.

Nutrition Facts

402 calories; protein 32g; carbohydrates 28.3g; dietary fiber 6.4g; sugars 2.8g; fat 7.5g; saturated fat 3.5g; cholesterol 91.1mg; vitamin a iu 1744.1IU; vitamin c 15.8mg; folate 51.5mcg; calcium 84mg; iron 1.1mg; magnesium 55.9mg; potassium 645.7mg; sodium 512.7mg; thiamin 0.2mg.

Reviews (6)

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6 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 2 stars
The chicken was extremely dry! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I have made this twice now. I changed up the way the chicken is made because as described it came out dry and too lemony for my taste. The orzo salad however is wonderful made as described and can easily be adjusted to taste. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I actually really enjoyed this. It was very lemony and tasted good despite being healthy. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Really liked the orzo salad. The leftovers were especially good as all the flavors had melded even more. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
A favorite! The baked chicken with lemon zest is an almost-plain but perfect foundation for the flavorful orzo salad. You can substitute almost any grain for the orzo if you don't have any on hand. VERY versatile and even more delicious the next day when the flavors have time to settle in. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This recipe was delicious and so easy to make! Chicken turned out moist and tasty and the salad was fresh and so flavorful! I would only add more olives and feta to the salad and I did add a bit more olive oil to the dressing. Read More