Chicken Orzo Casserole

Chicken Orzo Casserole

Chicken Orzo Casserole

Chicken Orzo Casserole

Mediterranean style chicken thighs baked in the oven are a family favorite in our house. This also makes a great make-ahead meal for another dinner or lunch.
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Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins
Resting Time for Cooked Casserole 5 mins
Total Time 1 hr 45 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Diet Green, Low Carb, Low Fat, Low Sodium
Servings 6
Cost $2.68 per serving
Sodium 570 mg

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tablespoon Grapeseed Oil
  • teaspoons Kosher Salt divided
  • ¼ teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 2 pounds Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs 6 thighs
  • cups Onion chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Chopped Garlic (jar)
  • cups Roma Tomatoes chopped
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can Quartered Artichoke Hearts drained
  • 2 tablespoons Capers
  • 2 teaspoons Dried Oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1 cup Dry White Wine
  • cups Whole Wheat Orzo
  • 1 cup Zucchini sliced
  • cups Water
  • 1 Lemon cut into 6 slices

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 13 X 9-inch baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
    Chicken Orzo Casserole ingredients

Brown the Chicken Thighs:

  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Sprinkle both sides of chicken with 1 teaspoon salt and pepper. Add to skillet and cook until browned, about 4 minutes each side. Remove from skillet.
  • Add onion and cook 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds. Stir in tomatoes, artichokes, capers, oregano, red pepper, and remaining ½-teaspoon salt. Cook and stir occasionally 5 minutes. Add wine and bring to a boil. Cook for 3 minutes. Stir in orzo and zucchini. Spoon mixture into prepared baking dish. Place chicken thigh on top, evenly spaced. Pour 1½ cups water over casserole mixture. Top each thigh with lemon slice. Cover with foil.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake 30 minutes, or until orzo is tender. Let stand for at least 5 minutes before serving.

Plate and Serve:

  • Divide chicken thighs and orzo mixture evenly between 6 plates and serve.
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Orzo Casserole
Amount per Serving
Calories
358
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
11
g
17
%
Saturated Fat
 
3
g
19
%
Cholesterol
 
79
mg
26
%
Sodium
 
570
mg
25
%
Carbohydrates
 
36
g
14
%
Fiber
 
7
g
29
%
Sugar
 
6
g
7
%
Protein
 
21
g
42
%
Carb Count
 
2.5
13
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword Casserole Dishes, Chicken Recipes, Dinner Recipes, Heart Healthy, High Fiber
Food Groups ***Meat = 2 servings, Starch = 1.5 servings, Vegetables = 2 servings
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