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

15 mins
2 hrs 15 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • 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.  


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