Chicken with Orzo

A Greek classic. Chicken and orzo with fresh olive oil and tomatoes is Mediterranean comfort food at its best. An ideal Sunday night meal.


  • 1 chicken, cleaned, seasoned and cut into portions
  • 1 pack orzo
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tin of tomatoes (fresh tomatoes preferred if available)
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 bayleaf
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 cup grated cheese
  • 4 cups water or chicken stock
  • Salt & Pepper


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan and brown the onion. Add the chicken portions and stir for 2-3 minutes until browned.
  2. Add tomato, garlic and bayleaf and 1 cup of water or stock. Simmer until all the water is absorbed and chicken is tender. Add more water if required.
  3. Remove chicken and add orzo and 3 cups of water or stock.
  4. Bring orzo to a simmer in the liquid and stir every 5 minutes until liquid is absorbed and orzo is tender.
  5. Remove from heat and serve in a plate with the chicken. Add grated cheese on top if desired.