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a roasted chicken thigh on a plate with orzo, sun-dried tomatoes and spinach. On the plate is a gold fork and slices of lemon for garnish.

Mediterranean Chicken with Orzo Recipe

  • Author: Elizabeth Chloe
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 2-3 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Roasting
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean


One-pan Mediterranean Chicken with Orzo! Crispy roasted chicken thighs are cooked with lemon, garlic, orzo, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach and basil for a super easy and tasty dinner.


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 4 chicken thighs, skin on and bone-in
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1/2 lemon, cut into 4 wedges
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 250 grams orzo pasta
  • 10 sun-dried tomatoes, sliced
  • 500 millilitres chicken stock
  • 100 grams spinach
  • 10 grams basil, chopped
  • Juice of half a lemon


Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celcius.

  1. Add your chicken thighs to the roasting dish with the lemon wedges, a drizzle of oil and salt and pepper. Give everything a mix then place it in the oven for 20 minutes, basting halfway through.
  2. Once the chicken skin has begun to brown and crisp up, remove the roasting dish from the oven and transfer the chicken thighs to a plate.
  3. Add the garlic, orzo, sundried tomatoes and chicken stock to the roasting dish and then give everything a good stir. Then place the chicken thighs back into the roasting dish.
  4. Cook in the oven for 10 minutes until most of the liquid has been absorbed and the orzo is cooked through. 
  5. Remove the tray from the oven and transfer the chicken thighs from the roasting dish to a plate. Stir the spinach and basil into the orzo then leave it for a few moments while the residual heat wilts the spinach. (Optional: Pull the chicken meat from the bones while you wait for the spinach to wilt.) 
  6. To finish, squeeze the lemon juice over the orzo, have a taste and add salt and pepper as needed. Add the chicken thighs back to the pan then serve and enjoy!


  • A note on chicken thighs and portions – if you’re using smaller chicken thighs (like the one’s I’ve used in this recipe) then two is probably enough for one person. However, larger chicken thighs can sometimes be big enough that one is enough for one person. Bear this in mind when shopping and trust your appetite!

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