Ring the Dinner Bell: Chicken with Orzo

Ring the Dinner Bell: Chicken with Orzo

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Ring the Dinner Bell: Chicken with Orzo

Being from Alabama, one thing we have plenty of is chicken. I’m from a smaller town where there’s a lot of chicken farms, so you learn to love the yard bird and make it tons of different ways. This recipe is one of those ways that’ll become a family favorite! So Ring that Dinner Bell! Chicken with Orzo is hitting the table!

Ingredients:

4 lb chicken boneless/skinless thighs
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp Greek seasoning
1 c fresh sweet onion
8 oz mini sweet pepper rings
1 c no sodium chicken broth
1 (8-oz) can tomato sauce
1/2 c Tzatziki Ranch Dressing
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
1/2 c orzo pasta
3 cups baby spinach

 

Directions:

Place the chicken thighs in a large bowl with oil,  and greek seasonings. Toss the thighs in the mixture to coat (wash hands). Preheat large, nonstick sauté pan over medium heat for 1–2 minutes.

Place chicken in pan and cook 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until browned. Drain any excess juice from your skillet.

Ring the Dinner Bell: Chicken with Orzo

Add your sweet onions and peppers to pan and cook 4 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until vegetables begin to brown. Whisk broth, tomato sauce, dressing, and crushed red pepper in a separate bowl.  Stir mixture into your pan with chicken, onions, and peppers until blended. Bring mixture to boil and cover the chicken mixture. Cook on low heat for 2 hours.

Ring the Dinner Bell: Chicken with Orzo

Stir in pasta; cover and cook 30–45 more minutes until pasta is tender and chicken pulls apart easily. Pull apart chicken and then stir in fresh spinach and serve.

(recipe adapted and courtesy of Publix Aprons)

 

This recipe usually calls for olives, but I omitted them because I am not a huge fan. If you like olives, try putting in a 1/2 cup of Kalamata Olives when you put in your spinach.

I love making dinner for my family so we can sit down and eat together and talk about our day.  My son loves to tell about what he has learned in school. What do you and your family do for dinner?

Remember this recipe is excellent with a salad or some pita bread on the side. Dig in and enjoy!

Comments

  • Robin Rue on

    That sounds SO good. I am sure that my whole family will enjoy this recipe!!

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    • Wendy on

      I was looking for something different to cook for supper when I ran across this recipe. We love it, and it’s very filling!

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  • tara pittman on

    I love that it cooks in one pan. This will be great for dinner

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  • Crystal on

    I really think this would be a great meal for supper! I haven’t seen a meal like this before, but love that it cooks in just 1 pan!

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    • Wendy on

      I love it! I am like you, and like that, I can cook it in one pot. Makes for a simple cleanup!

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  • Blair villanueva on

    This cooking looks delicious! I dont mind eating chicken all day or oftenly, but not beef or pork meat.
    Do you own a poultry farm?

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    • Wendy on

      No, I don’t, but some of my family are poultry farmers. Where I live, there is a lot of people who own and farm chickens. So we eat a lot of chicken! 🙂

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  • Carol Cassara on

    It sounds so amazing! I love learning different chicken recipes because I’ve been trying to avoid beef and pork for months now. I think this is a must try!

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  • Marcie W. on

    This dish looks delicious and packed with flavor. Love the suggestion of adding olives into the mix too!

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  • CourtneyLynne on

    Omg can we say yum?!? I’m always looking for new chicken recipes. I will have to give this a try!

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    • Wendy on

      I love this one! It has a little kick to it, but oh man is it good! I hope you enjoy it too!

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  • Jessica on

    Hehe you sound a bit like myself. I’m not a huge olive fan (or at all). I’d make this in a heartbeat without them though, although my husband loves them so I’d probably have to compromise and just pick em out and deliver him extras on his plate lol.

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    • Wendy on

      I added those after I cooked the dish for the picture! LOL! The boyfriend ate it up but asked if I wouldn’t put them in the dish again.

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  • Echo on

    This looks incredible! I love chicken and rice dishes, so I am sure I will love this!

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  • Nichole Shirell on

    This looks a great meal. My kids would enjoy this. Easy recipe and great information.

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  • Jennfier on

    I love chicken and rice meals because they are so filling. Your recipe for the Kalamata Chicken Orzo looks great! Would love to try this for my family sometime!

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  • bel on

    such a simple and easy to make recipe. I think I’ll try it 🙂

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  • Ave on

    What a delicious recipe! I haven’t prepared orzo pasta for ages! I’d skip olives for my dish too as nobody in our family likes olives. Have to give your recipe a try!

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