Rating: 4 stars
24 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0

Perk up basic chicken breast and whole-wheat orzo with the vibrant flavors of the Mediterranean, like lemon and olives. This load-and-go recipe makes a complete and satisfying meal; just add a green salad.

EatingWell.com, December 2017; updated March 2022

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Recipe Summary

active:
15 mins
total:
2 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
4
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Cut each chicken breast half into 4 pieces. Combine the chicken, broth, tomatoes, onion, lemon zest, lemon juice, herbes de Provence, salt and pepper in a 6-quart slow cooker. Cook on High for 1 hour, 30 minutes or on Low for 3 hours, 30 minutes. Stir in orzo and olives; cover and cook until the orzo is tender, about 30 minutes more. Let cool slightly. Sprinkle with parsley before serving.  

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Recipe Updates

Based on earlier review and comments of this recipe, we've retested and made the following adjustments (and updated the nutritional analysis accordingly):

Decreased cook time by 30 minutes (to cook orzo to tender but not mushy).

Nutrition Facts

1 1/2 cups
278 calories; protein 29.1g; carbohydrates 29.5g; dietary fiber 6.9g; sugars 3.1g; fat 4.7g; saturated fat 1g; cholesterol 62.7mg; vitamin a iu 724.8IU; vitamin c 17.9mg; folate 22mcg; calcium 40.2mg; iron 1.6mg; magnesium 34mg; potassium 451.4mg; sodium 433.8mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

3 lean protein, 1 1/2 starch, 1 vegetable

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