Baked Chicken and Orzo
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Serves: 8
  • 60 g butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 chicken breasts ( I used a mixed of breast and thighs)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 250 g fresh button mushrooms, sliced,
  • 1 16 oz package orzo
  • 32 oz chicken stock
  • Fresh herbs (I used a mix of thyme and rosemary)
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • A handful of cherry tomatoes
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Season the chicken with salt and black pepper.
  3. In large skillet, heat 4 tbsp of oil and brown the chicken in batches for about 4 minutes on each side.
  4. Transfer to a plate and keep aside.
  5. In a large pot, add the 2 tbsp of olive oil and butter.
  6. Add onions and fry for 3 minutes.
  7. Mix in garlic and stir constantly for 1 minute.
  8. Add mushrooms and herbs. Cook until the mushrooms just begin to soften.
  9. Mix in smoked paprika and season with salt and pepper.
  10. Add orzo and stir until orzo is lightly toasted and fragrant.
  11. Place orzo into a baking dish/cast iron pot and top with the chicken pieces and cherry tomatoes
  12. Pour chicken stock over orzo and chicken and bake for 30-45 minutes or until the liquid has been absorbed and the orzo is cooked.
  13. Serve hot.
Recipe by Maya Kitchenette at