kalamata lemon chicken

kalamata lemon chicken

Originally published on January 10th, 2007 at Onward & Upward
We tried a new recipe this week that we really liked. It was very easy, and the result was tasty. It will definitely be on our menu again in the future! (It said it serves 4 but we didn’t have any leftovers between the two of us. I think it could serve 3 comfortably. Also, I skipped on the kalamata olives because I DETEST olives with a passion.)

Kalamata Lemon Chicken
Prep: 10 minutes
Bake: 35 minutes
Oven: 400°F
Makes: 4 servings

1 lb skinless, boneless chicken thighs
1 tablespoon olive oil
2/3 cup dried orzo
1/2 cup drained, pitted kalamata olives
1 14-ounce can chicken broth
1/2 of a lemon, cut into wedges or chunks
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon dried Greek seasoning
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Hot chicken broth (optional)
Fresh oregano leaves (optional)

1. In a 4-quart Dutch oven brown chicken in hot oil about 5 minutes, turning once. Stir in orzo, olives, broth, lemon wedges, lemon juice, Greek seasoning, salt, and pepper. Transfer mixture to a 2-quart rectangular baking dish.
2. Bake, covered, in a 400°F oven about 35 minutes or until chicken is tender and no longer pink (180°F). If desired, serve in shallow bowls with additional hot broth and topped with fresh oregano.

Per 3 ounces chicken + 1/2 cup orzo: 309 cal., 11 g total fat (2 g sat. fat), 91 mg chol., 837 mg sodium, 24 g carbo., 2 g fiber, 27 g pro.
Daily Values: 1% vit. A, 14% vit. C, 2% calcium, 12% iron
Exchanges: 1 1/2 Starch, 3 Lean Meat, 1/2 Fat

Actually now that I type that up I realize I forgot to put in the lemon juice. Oops. :-) I served it with warm pita bread wedges and a salad, and we both thought it was delicious. It’s an easy meal to have on a weekday if you don’t mind waiting 35 minutes for it to bake (which we don’t)!

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