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One Pot Greek Chicken and Orzo

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Tender, juicy chicken and the creamiest orzo ever (that cooks right in the pan) topped with tomatoes + feta!

So much yes is happening here. Juicy, golden brown seasoned chicken thighs seared and cooked to perfection on a bed of creamy orzo, topped with fresh cherry tomatoes and crumbled feta cheese. An all-in-one meal, made in one single pot for a super speedy clean up – a weeknight blessing so to speak.

Not to mention those sneaked in greens (spinach or kale) for your daily serving of veggies. With some crusty bread, a glass of wine, and another sprinkle of some fresh herbs, this has been my go-to meal all of January for New Year, New You. So cozy, so hearty, and just so darn good.

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CAN I USE CHICKEN BREASTS?
Yes, chicken breasts can absolutely be used here but chicken thighs have more dark meat and a higher fat content which will yield juicier, more flavorful chicken.
CAN I USE FRESH HERBS INSTEAD?
Absolutely! But because dried herbs are often more potent/concentrated than fresh herbs, you need less when using dry. The correct ratio is 1 tablespoon fresh herbs to 1 teaspoon dried herbs.

1 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighsKosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste2 tablespoons unsalted butter2 large shallots, diced3 cloves garlic, minced1 teaspoon dried oregano¾ teaspoon dried basil½ teaspoon dried paprika½ teaspoon dried dill¼ teaspoon dried thyme⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon2 tablespoons all-purpose flour3 cups chicken stock1 cup orzo pasta3 cups chopped baby spinach2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved½ cup crumbled feta

Season chicken with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Working in batches, add chicken to the Dutch oven in a single layer and cook until golden brown and cooked through, reaching an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, about 4-5 minutes per side; set aside.Add shallots, and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 3-5 minutes.Stir in garlic, oregano, basil, paprika, dill, thyme and cinnamon until fragrant, about 1 minute.Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute.Stir in chicken stock, scraping any browned bits from the bottom of the Dutch oven. Stir in orzo; season with salt and pepper, to taste.Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until pasta is cooked through, about 6 minutes. Stir in spinach until wilted, about 3 minutes. Return chicken to the Dutch oven.Serve immediately, sprinkled with tomatoes and feta.

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