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Lemon Chicken with Feta Orzo

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Weeknight dinner doldrums? This Greek-inspired Lemon Chicken will snap you out of it. We’ve paired garlicky, lemony chicken with salty, herbaceous orzo to wake up your palate and get you through the week. This dish is easy enough for a weeknight but also elegant enough for weekend entertaining. And, as always, we use every possible bit of our ingredients, right down to the garlic paper and feta water. Waste not one scrap!


  • 1 cup orzo (or more if desired)
  • 7 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 0.25 ounces feta cheese (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 cup feta water
  • 7 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons Aleppo chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons dried dill
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • salt (staples)
  • pepper (staples)
  • olive oil (staples)
  • 3 tablespoons butter (staples)
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    1. Equipment: large pan for chicken, small pot for orzo, grater, strainer
    2. In your small pot, add water and season heavily with salt. Once the water is boiling, add the orzo to the pot.
    3. Place your large pan over high heat. Grab your chicken thighs and season both sides generously with salt and pepper. Drizzle the pan with olive oil and add 1 tablespoon of butter. Add the chicken thighs to the hot pan.
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    NutritionView More

    Sodium21% DV500mg
    Fat32% DV21g
    Protein92% DV47g
    Carbs14% DV42g
    Fiber16% DV4g
    Calories550Calories from Fat190
    Total Fat21g32%
    Saturated Fat8g40%
    Trans Fat
    Calories from Fat190
    Total Carbohydrate42g14%
    Dietary Fiber4g16%
    Vitamin A15%
    Vitamin C45%

    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


    king james 4 days ago
    great added some sage
    Taylor Seifert 10 days ago
    Loved it! Does not need the full amount of chili powder and dill though.
    so good! I use extra Garlic
    Josie a month ago
    Great! Would make again
    Arthur A. a month ago
    Great! Delicious! Easy and fast!
    Hayley Peklivanas 2 months ago
    really quick and easy and taste great
    Esther Burkett 2 months ago
    First time I made it, I accidentally used chipotle chili powder. It overpowered the rest of the dish. This time I used regular chili powder and only used to taste. Much better but still strong. I can’t find Aleppo, but it makes me wonder if it is milder than the average chili powders. The chicken and sauce were amazing the first time and just as delicious this time.
    Natalie Pixler 2 months ago
    Amazing! I didn’t have any feta water so I added about 1/2 cup of the pasta water. I also switched to fresh dill and added a lot of feta. This was a hit, my toddlers even ate it!
    Jim G. 2 months ago
    Yum yum yum Used paprika, fresh dill and added a lot lot lot more feta. That must be a mistake in the ingredients.
    Melissa Leckie 2 months ago
    Really lovely and quick
    Emma 2 months ago
    Pretty great!! Will for sure make this again
    Desislava Kutsarova 2 months ago
    The whole scenario repeated in my kitchen, including “where is my salt??... WHERE IS MY SALT?” :) My guests licked their fingers! Me too... I can’t believe something so tasty took only 15 minutes to prepare. This will be on repeat. P.S. I used hot chili flakes instead of Aleppo chillies, and fresh dill instead of dry.
    Andy Liszewski 2 months ago
    Really really good. I’m not a good cook. Just starting to pick it up as a pandemic skill. Felt like a pro after making this.
    Ehrlich 2 months ago
    This is our new family favorite! Leftovers are great too, so I will make extra every time. Thanks Chef!
    Rob McGuire 2 months ago
    Very good! I might add slightly less dill next time, but it was good nonetheless. Be sure to brown the chicken well.
    Sam L. 3 months ago
    very good! i used bone in skin on chicken thighs and it was so good!
    Neecia Eggar 3 months ago
    One of the best chicken dishes ever! Every picky eater in my family said so. And I loved that I could actually make it in 15 minutes right along with the video! So many recipes say a time that is so inaccurate but this was right on!! Only suggestion I would make for large families like mine is to prepare the chicken in 2 skillets at the same time. Don’t try to do a second batch in the same skillet as the sauce begins to burn.
    Aline Garcia 3 months ago
    It’s live eating ta thé restaurant
    Jasmine Fitterer 3 months ago
    This was SOOO GOOD!! My hubby & brother agree...one of the best! We love chicken thighs over breasts. I love that we used the garlic paper and lemon rinds, was easy prep and made a huge impact on the flavor.
    Michelle Schaub 3 months ago
    easy, easy fast dinner and absolutely amazing flavors!! I will be making this one for years to come!!
    Sandra R 3 months ago
    We really liked this quick chicken dish. We didn’t have Aleppo chili on hand and used chipotle instead; we plan to get some Aleppo chili to compare the results. Next time we will increase the lemon zest to the zest of two lemons as we love lemon, and our lemon trees are over producing!
    Patricia Culler 4 months ago
    Great dish, yummy sauce even without the added 2 Tbsp. Butter. Used chunks of chicken breast instead of thighs since its what I had on hand.
    Yummly User 4 months ago
    It turned out great I just needed more seasoning in the pasta, but overall it was great my fiancé loved it
    Marian G. 4 months ago
    i used a bit of cayenne and paprika since i dont have aleppo chili and this was an amazing recipe! It will definitely be a regular in my house
    Gwen H. 4 months ago
    it was simply AMAZING!
    brigitte 4 months ago
    The dish is excellent. Super easy and quick for a week night meal. The whole family enjoyed it. It is a keeper recipe.
    Paulie 4 months ago
    Everyone liked it! The orzo was salty, made even more so i think by the feta, but all in all it was a good meal. Salt is easy to adjust, as is the amount of feta! The chicken was great!
    Joy/Alexa Lundeen 4 months ago
    Delicious - the recipe has white wine as optional but I think it’s necessary to cut through the acidity.
    Patryk Podworski 4 months ago
    Not bad, a bit too sour.
    Lee W. 5 months ago
    Very good main dish, with side. Fun to make.