Kalamata Lemon Chicken

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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  1. Beth said...
    Ooooh. That looks yummy. :-) I'll have to try that--with the olives.

    I can't believe you don't like olives. They are so good!
    Ashley said...
    Ugh I hate olives probably worse than any other food - even worse than mustard. I won't even eat anything that olives have touched. I can't stand their juices! (So yeah, I don't just "pick them out" and I will be rude and not eat a dinner with olives at someone else's house. I'm awful, I know!) *shudders*
    beth said...
    Wow, I love olives! Didn't I make calzones for you one time? Those had olives in them... You probably had me make one w/o olives for you, huh.

    I liked your chicken recipe. I'll have to try it. Are the olives green or black? I hate green, but love black. I just got a new chicken recipe from the Pampered Chef where you cook the whole chicken in the microwave and it takes only 30 minutes! They say the way it cooks the breast is juicier than cooking it traditionally. Don't know if it's the baker (that they're trying to sell) or the microwave that makes the difference. Probably the baker, right? :-)
    Ashley said...
    Yep you made calzones for me and for some reason you wouldn't not put olives in one of them. I don't think you understood why I wouldn't just pick them out. :-) I know, I'm really weird! And seriously I will force down a lot of foods I dislike, but not olives. I have no idea what kalamata olives are, so you'll have to Google it. *smile* Interesting about the whole chicken! I've never made a whole chicken before, so I probably don't have as much an appreciation for 30 minutes. :-p Sorry!
    Nichole said...
    At first I was like, "She made Kalamata Lemon Chicken" with no Kalamatas OR lemon?" Then I went back and read the list of ingredients and realized there were a lot more ingredients! Sounds yummy.

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