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Lemon Greek Olive Chicken

This is a wonderful one pot meal that is cost friendly and very filling.

Be careful when cooking this dish to not over cook the orzo pasta or it will become “gummy” tasting. I add rosemary to this dish to kick up the flavor. 

I found this recipe in my Taste of Home Cookbook but it can also be found online.

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If you have ZERO ingredients then this recipe will cost about $19.64 December as of  2022.

  • If you have a fully stocked pantry this recipe will cost about $12.47.

I am assuming you have salt and pepper and do not add it into the recipe total cost.

Recipe serves: 4

Serving size: 1 chicken thigh and 1/4 of the pasta 

Equipment needed: 1 deep skillet and prep bowls 

Total time: 20~30 minutes


Let's grocery shop!

I am assuming you have salt and pepper. It is not included in pantry and spices. A fully stocked pantry will give you a savings of about $7.17.

Pantry & Spices

Total: $7.17 as of December 2022

  • olive oil $2.88
  • dried oregano $1.00
  • dried rosemary $3.29


Total: $12.47 as of December 2022

  • 4 boneless chicken thighs $5.60
  • 1 box chicken broth 14.5 oz $1.00
  • 1 box orzo pasta $1.99
  • 1 lemon $0.54
  • greek olives $3.34

Let's prep!

Let's cook!

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil and sauté chicken until  the internal temp is 165° F. Remove from pan and keep warm.
  2. Add chicken broth to the pan; bring to boil; scraping up any brown bits from the bottom
  3. Reduce heat to a simmer and add:
    • lemon wedges
    • juiced lemon
    • seasoning
    • orzo
  4. When pasta is fully cooked remove lemon, stir in olives and add chicken. Remove from heat. Enjoy!

This recipe can also be found in Menu 7 – Family of 2

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