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Braised Chicken in Tomatoes
with green beans / olives / orzo

Active: 25 min Total: 45 min

Braising chicken by cooking it low and slow in liquid takes a bit of extra time but pays off in tender meat and well-developed flavors. We serve this saucy chicken over orzo for a one-pan dinner with Mediterranean flavors.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
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Lemon Orzo:
  • Pasta, orzo (sub any small pasta shape) - 3/4 cup
  • Stock, any variety (sub water) - 2 cups
  • Water - 4 cups
  • Oil, olive - 1 Tbsp
  • Lemons - 1/2, zest of
Braised Chicken in Tomatoes:
  • Onions - 1/2, chopped
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Olives, pitted (green or black) - 1/2 cup, sliced
  • Chicken thighs, boneless and skinless - 1 lb
  • Green beans, frozen - 10 oz, chopped
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Butter - 1 Tbsp
  • Italian seasonings - 1 tsp
  • Tomatoes, diced (14 oz / 397 g) - 1 can
  • Stock, any variety - 1 1/2 cups

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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Prep

  1. Cook pasta - (If not already made from Wednesday's meal.) Combine stock and water in a large stock pot over high heat. Bring to a boil and add pasta. Cook until al dente, tender but not soggy. Drain. Toss with olive oil and lemon zest. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Onions / Garlic / Olives - Prep as directed and store in separate containers. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Chicken - Season with some salt and pepper and tenderize with a fork. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  4. Green beans - Run under warm water to defrost. If not already chopped, chop into 1" (2.5 cm) slices. (Can be done 1 day ahead)

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Make

  1. Heat a Dutch oven or large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add oil and chicken to heated oil. (If the pan is too crowded to fit all the chicken without overlapping, cook in batches.) Cook chicken until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes on each side. (The chicken won’t be completely cooked through, but will finish cooking in the sauce.) Transfer to a plate and return pan to heat.
  2. Add butter to hot pan. Add onions to melted butter. Saute until onions are tender, ~2 minutes. Add Italian seasonings and garlic and saute until fragrant, ~1 minute.
  3. To aromatics, add olives, green beans, tomatoes (including juice) and stock and bring to a simmer. Nestle chicken in sauce and cover pan with lid. Reduce heat to low and simmer chicken and sauce until chicken is cooked through and sauce thickens, 20 to 25 minutes. Season with some salt and pepper.
  4. If pasta was made ahead and refrigerated, reheat it in the microwave or in a saute pan with some oil over medium heat.
  5. Serve chicken and sauce spooned over orzo and enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (93)
Gluten-free (5)
Paleo (9)
Vegetarian (11)

40 reviews

Very tasty! I read the other reviews and subbed 1/2 cup of white wine for 1 1/2 cups chicken stock. This dish is plenty moist enough, so I definitely wouldn't recommend more than 1/2 cup of white wine/stock (whatever you prefer). I also used fresh green beans and and at least tripled the amounts of garlic and italian seasonings. Didn't use olives. For some reason I thought cous cous would be better than orzo but next time I want to make this with cous cous. I also didn't have feta so I topped with some shaved peccorino-romano. But all in all, very tasty!

By: Alana
Posted: Mar 07, 2017
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

With recommended changes incorporated, this meal is EXCELLENT! I doubled the orzo, garlic, and Italian spices. Used fire roasted tomatoes with green chiles. Fresh green beans. Marinated mixed olives. Used 1 cup white wine instead of the last part stock. Topped with a bit of feta, but it didn't need it. Delicious and extremely flavorful!

By: Laurel
Posted: Jun 23, 2016
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

chicken way better than I thought it would be. yum!

By: Mary
Posted: May 25, 2016
Diet: Original
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I just didn't find this particularly exciting, but I liked that it was pretty easy.

By: Jenna
Posted: May 23, 2016
Diet: Original
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Skipped lemon orzo and just used regular pasta. Still very tasty. Kept the amount of liquids and cooked longer to reduce.

By: Kathy
Posted: May 16, 2016
Diet: Original
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Omitted the broth as per previous reviews and added about a half a cup of white wine instead. I left it simmering on low for about an hour since we weren't ready to eat yet, and the chicken came out really tender. I used a little bit of butter for the orzo instead of oil.

By: Dara
Posted: May 10, 2016
Diet: Original
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