One-pot Greek hen risoni (orzo)

This can be a nice fast recipe that’s received every little thing you want for a whole dinner, all cooked in a single pot. Loads of greens, with risoni/orzo and hen. Tastes like risotto – loaded with tasty lemon-garlic Greek flavours!

Overhead photo of One Pot Greek Chicken Risoni (Orzo)

One-pot Greek hen risoni

Endurance has by no means been my biggest advantage, so I shared many private favorite recipes again within the early days after I first began this web site in 2014. From time to time, I wish to revisit these older recipes and convey them to the forefront with glowing new images (which might be in focus, wow!) and recipe movies the place the hen doesn’t have a bizarre green-ish/yellow tinge.

I’ve no embarrassment about my images and movies from the early days as a result of it jogs my memory how far I’ve come. However I do suppose it’s good to spruce up these previous recipes on your viewing pleasure – and hopefully persuade you to strive them. Like at the moment’s new-old recipe: Greek hen risoni! Full dinner made in a single pot, good and fast to make, loaded with tasty Greek flavours.

One Pot Greek Chicken Risoni (Orzo) in a bowl ready to be eaten

What you want

Right here’s what it’s good to make this Greek risoni recipe.

1. The risoni / orzo

Risoni is definitely a pasta that’s formed like lengthy grains of rice. Also referred to as “orzo”, discover it within the pasta aisle. It prices across the similar as spaghetti and many others.

Ingredients in One Pot Greek Chicken Risoni (Orzo)
  • Risoni / orzo – See notes above the photograph.

  • Hen inventory / broth and canned tomato – These are the liquids used to cook dinner the risoni. Higher than water as a result of the risoni absorbs the flavour because it cooks!

  • Tomato paste – This provides just a little enhance of tomato flavour to the sauce, in addition to thickening the sauce barely so you find yourself with that basically pretty oozy texture within the completed dish. Not the tip of the world in case you don’t have it.

  • Greens – I exploit zucchini / courgette and capsicum / bell pepper. Be happy to substitute with different sauté-able greens (carrot, beans, peas, fennel, corn, celery, frozen veg combine).

    Additionally, if somebody may organize for the worldwide standardisation of meals phrases, that will be tremendous useful. Thanks! 😂

  • Onion and garlic – Flavour base aromatics.

  • Cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes – I wish to scatter throughout the floor earlier than popping the dish within the oven. Love the juicy pops of tomato that burst in your mouth!

2. Lemon garlic hen

A short marinade of the hen with traditional Greek flavours makes the hen that a lot tastier! Right here’s what you want:

Ingredients in One Pot Greek Chicken Risoni (Orzo)

3. Garnishes (semi-optional)

I say it’s “semi-optional” as a result of whilst you can skip the recent oregano, the feta is very, extremely beneficial!

Garnishes for One Pot Greek Chicken Risoni (Orzo)

Learn how to make one-pot Greek hen risoni

This recipe begins on the range and is completed within the oven. I like this method as a result of it’s safer/simpler – no have to stir – and the floor will get caramelised which suggests further flavour. Anybody who’s made the fan-favourite One Pot Greek Hen with Lemon Rice will know this technique works properly!

How to make One Pot Greek Chicken Risoni (Orzo)
  1. Marinade hen within the lemon, olive oil, garlic and oregano. Simply 20 minutes provides first rate flavour into the hen flesh.

    When you’re pressed for time, you possibly can skip the marinade, there’s loads of flavour within the general dish and the hen will soak up flavour because it braises with the risoni. If you wish to get forward, you possibly can marinade the hen in a single day – and even freeze the hen within the marinade. So many choices! 🙂

  2. Brown hen – Use a big ovenproof skillet / frying pan, or massive pot. The one I’m utilizing is a 30cm / 12″ non-stick frying pan.

    Cook dinner the hen, simply to seal the surface and frivolously brown it. It would solely take about 2 to three minutes. Don’t cook dinner the hen during as it is going to end cooking with the risoni.

  3. Sauté aromatics and greens – As soon as the hen is browned, take away it from the pan. Then sauté the garlic and onion, adopted by the zucchini and capsicum.

  4. Add every little thing else – Add the risoni and stir to coat within the tasty flavours. Then add every little thing else – canned tomato, tomato paste, hen inventory, salt and pepper – and stir to mix.

    Prime with hen and cherry tomatoes however don’t stir them in.

  5. Oven quarter-hour – As quickly because the liquid begins to bubble, switch the pan to the oven (no lid) and cook dinner for quarter-hour or till the risoni is tender.

  6. Garnish and serve – Take away the pan from the oven. There ought to nonetheless be small swimming pools of liquid on the floor. That is what we would like – the dish needs to be oozy and saucy, not dry and stodgy!

    Drizzle the dish with lemon juice, crumble over the not-optional-feta then sprinkle with the optional-fresh-oregano. Then serve!

LOOK how juicy and irresistibly oozy it appears. It’s calling your title!

Close up of One Pot Greek Chicken Risoni (Orzo)
Serving One Pot Greek Chicken Risoni (Orzo)

Spoon into bowls, and marvel the way it appears identical to your favorite risotto. Besides, properly, you recognize. You haven’t been slaving over a sizzling range for 40 minutes, ladling in inventory and stirring, stirring, stirring.

Leftovers, ought to there be any, will maintain for 3 days however gained’t be as oozy as pictured as a result of the pasta will soak up the liquid. Slightly splash of water earlier than you microwave goes a protracted solution to salvage it, as does a recent sprinkle of feta and spritz of lemon juice (I discover lemon juice flavour fades with time).

Hope these glowing new images and in-focus-video convinces you to make this!! – Nagi x

PS The Components record within the recipe beneath appears deceptively lengthy. However truly, there are fairly a couple of double ups due to the way in which I write the recipe. So don’t be postpone! 😉

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Freshly cooked One Pot Greek Chicken Risoni (Orzo)

One Pot Hen Risoni

Servings4 – 5

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Recipe video above. An ideal one-pot meal for midweek, tastes like risotto however a lot simpler to make! Lemon garlic hen, shocking quantity of hidden greens, oozy tomato risoni (orzo), loaded with Greek flavours! The record of substances is appears lengthy, however there’s truly a variety of repeat substances. 🙂


  • Marinade hen – Mix Marinated Hen substances in a bowl and put aside for marinate for 20 minutes. (Skip if in hurry, also can do in a single day)

  • Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F (160°C fan).

  • Brown hen (uncooked inside) – Warmth 1 tablespoon olive oil in a a big oven proof skillet or pot over excessive warmth (Notice 3). Cook dinner hen till frivolously browned however nonetheless pink inside. Take away from skillet.

  • Sauté greens – Add 1 tbsp olive oil, garlic and onion. Saute for 1 minute, then add zucchini and bell peppers/capsicum. Cook dinner for two minutes.

  • Add every little thing else – Add risoni, oregano, hen broth, tomato, tomato paste, salt and pepper.

  • Scatter hen and cherry tomatoes throughout the floor (do not stir in).

  • Bake quarter-hour – As soon as the liquid involves a simmer, switch to the oven (no lid) and bake for quarter-hour (or till risoni is simply cooked, tender however nonetheless agency). There could also be liquid on the floor nonetheless – that is good!

  • Drizzle with lemon – Take away from oven, drizzle with lemon juice. Garnish with feta and recent oregano leaves, if desired, then serve.

Recipe Notes:

1. Veg – Any saute-able veg will work nice right here. Beans, carrots, celery, small bits of cauliflower or broccoli, even diced frozen veg.
2. Risoni, also called orzo – Rice formed small pasta bought within the pasta aisle, similar worth as spaghetti and many others. Tastes like risotto, however a lot sooner to cook dinner!
3. Cooking vessel – Pictured skillet is a 30cm/12″ non stick skillet. 28cm/11″ deep skillet okay too, any smaller and also you’ll have to be cautious re: liquid overflow when transferring to oven. Else, use a big pot!
3. Risoni cooks in a short time! So switch it to the oven as quickly because it begins simmering on the range, in any other case it is going to overcook by the point the bake time is completed (it cooks sooner on the range than the oven).
Test it after quarter-hour see if the orzo / risoni is completed. Don’t fear if it’s carried out and it’s nonetheless fairly saucy – that’s a GOOD factor! 🙂 The liquid evaporates fairly shortly whereas serving. It was barely wetter after I took it out of the oven.
4. Leftovers will maintain for 3 days within the fridge although it gained’t be as oozy because the risoni absorbs the sauce. Resurrect with a splash of water, and microwave.
Diet assuming 5 servings.

Diet Info:

Energy: 575cal (29%)Carbohydrates: 53g (18%)Protein: 29g (58%)Fats: 29g (45%)Saturated Fats: 8g (50%)Polyunsaturated Fats: 5gMonounsaturated Fats: 13gTrans Fats: 0.1gLdl cholesterol: 101mg (34%)Sodium: 1174mg (51%)Potassium: 1086mg (31%)Fiber: 6g (25%)Sugar: 11g (12%)Vitamin A: 1528IU (31%)Vitamin C: 69mg (84%)Calcium: 211mg (21%)Iron: 4mg (22%)

Initially printed January 2016. Spruced up with model new images and recipe video in February 2021 with minor recipe enhancements (primarily course of and writing). However most significantly, Lifetime of Dozer part has been added!

Extra risoni / orzo recipes

I do love risoni! So fast to cook dinner, tastes like risotto.

Lifetime of Dozer

NO, he’s not being cute, cuddling as much as me. He’s attempting to get to my toast on the opposite facet.



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