One-Dish Chicken, Orzo, and Feta

One-Dish Chicken, Orzo, and Feta

This one-dish meal is a celebration of Mediterranean flavors. Juicy chicken thighs are simmered in stock that's soaked up by a light (but filling) orzo pasta. Our favorite part: when heated, the crumbled feta softens into pockets of salty, creamy goodness. Serve it with a garnish of mint for a fresh summer meal.

All of Anyday’s recipes are tested (and retested!) in many different microwaves and home kitchens to make sure they work — and work well.


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Select your microwave wattage in the dropdown. The cook times in this recipe will automatically change accordingly.

To find your microwave’s wattage, look at the front panel, the side of the door, in the back, in the user manual, or Google the model number. If both an input and output wattage are listed, use the output.

Wattage translates to how powerful the microwave is. The higher the wattage, the faster your food will cook. The lower the wattage, the longer the cook time.

When in doubt, start with less time — you can always add more.

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Product Size

  • Medium Shallow
  • Large Shallow
  • Medium Deep
  • Large Deep

Prep Time

8 min

Cook Time

15 min

Free Time

to unload the dishwasher

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • cup or 4oz (115g) uncooked orzo pasta
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • Black pepper (to taste)
  • ½ cup (40g) broccoli, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 cup (220ml) chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into medium size dice
  • Mint or parsley to serve

Preparation

  1. Add all the ingredients into the Anyday dish and stir to combine. Cover with lid (knob lifted). 
  2. Cook at Power Level 7

    Certain foods cook best in the microwave at lower power levels. 

    Different microwaves have different settings. See your microwave manual (or look it up online) to learn how to change your microwave’s power level.

    For many microwaves: enter the cook time, press the “Power” (or “Power Level”) button, and select a number between 1-10. Other microwaves may require selecting the Power Level first, and then entering the cook time.

    Microwaves list power levels in different ways. Here’s a guide to help you adjust:

    PL 10 = 100% = High (default)

    PL 9 = 90% = High

    PL 8 = 80% = Med-High

    PL 7 = 70% = Med-High

    PL 6 = 60% = Medium

    PL 5 = 50% = Medium

    PL 4 = 40% = Med-Low

    PL 3 = 30% = Med-Low

    PL 2 = 20% = Low

    PL 1 = 10% = Low

    You will know if the power level has been successfully changed if you hear periodic changes in the microwave’s tone after it begins cooking.

    for 15 minutes or until all the liquid has evaporated and the pasta and chicken are cooked. 
  3. Stir well to incorporate. Finish with a sprinkle of fresh mint or parsley and extra feta if desired.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Add chopped black olives to the orzo pasta while it cooks for a mediterranean twist.
  • For some spice, sprinkle in some chili flakes.
  • Substitute chicken thigh for chicken breast if you'd like.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.