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Greek Kalamata Chicken with Orzo

Orzo is a type of pasta that's similar to rice in shape, size, and texture. Whole-wheat orzo packs more fiber and protein than regular orzo, which makes it a healthier choice. Still, it's fairly high in calories, providing about 50% more calories than an equal serving of white rice.
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Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: chicken, greek, orzo
Cook Time: 3 hours
Servings: 6 People
Calories: 657kcal
Author: Hot Bod Zone Recipes
Cost: $10 - $15


  • Large, nonstick sauté pan
  • Slow Cooker, Crockpot or Instant Pot


  • 3 3/4 lbs Chicken Leg Quarters
  • 2 Tbs Olive Oil Extra Virgin
  • 1 Tsp Greek seasoning
  • 1 Cup Fresh pre-sliced sweet onions Fresh pre-sliced sweet
  • 1 Clove Garlic Minced
  • 8 Ounces Sweet Pepper Ring Sliced
  • 1 Cup Chicken Broth 1
  • 1 8 Once Tomato sauce Can no-salt-added
  • 1/2 Cup Greek yogurt t ranch dressing
  • 1/4 Tsp Red pepper Crushed
  • 1/2 Cup Orzo pasta
  • 1/2 Cup Kalamata Pitted olive halves
  • 1/2 Cups Spinach


  • Cut chicken in half, separating thigh and drumstick. Place in large bowl: oil, seasoning, and chicken; toss to coat (wash hands). Preheat large, nonstick sauté pan on medium-high 1–2 minutes.
  • Place chicken in pan, skin-side down; cook 3–4 minutes on each side or until browned. Transfer chicken to slow cooker.
  • Add onions and peppers to sauté pan; cook 4–5 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until vegetables begin to brown. Whisk broth, tomato sauce, dressing, and red pepper; stir into pan with onions and peppers until blended. Bring mixture to boil; pour over chicken. Cover slow cooker; cook on HIGH for 2 hours (or LOW for 4 hours).
  • Stir in pasta and olives; cover and cook 30–45 more minutes until pasta is tender and chicken pulls easily from bone. Stir in spinach. Serve.



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Calories: 657kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 47g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 237mg | Sodium: 515mg | Potassium: 670mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1650IU | Vitamin C: 52mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 2mg