One Pot Greek Chicken Orzo (Giouvetsi)



Indulge in the flavors of Greece with this comforting and easy-to-make One Pot Greek Chicken Orzo (Giouvetsi). This dish features tender chicken cooked in a tomato-based sauce, infused with aromatic herbs and spices. Every bite is bursting with vibrant flavors that will transport you straight to the Mediterranean. Whether you’re craving a cozy family dinner or hosting a casual gathering with friends, this Greek-inspired dish will impress with its simplicity and deliciousness.



One Pot Greek Chicken Orzo (Giouvetsi)

This One Pot Greek Chicken Orzo (Giouvetsi) is a comforting dish that features tender chicken cooked in a flavorful tomato-based sauce. Infused with fragrant herbs and spices, this hearty meal is perfect for a cozy family dinner or casual gathering with friends.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean


  • – 500 grams chicken breasts
  • – 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • – 1 teaspoon paprika
  • – 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • – 1 teaspoon salt
  • – 1 medium onion
  • – 4 garlic cloves
  • – 1 carrot
  • – 3 celery stalks
  • – 150 grams leek
  • – 2 cinnamon sticks
  • – 1 bay leaf
  • – 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • – 180 ml red wine
  • – 500 ml chicken broth
  • – 400 ml passata
  • – 250 grams orzo
  • – Salt and pepper to taste
  • To Finish:
  • – Chopped fresh parsley
  • – Feta cheese


  • Prep the Chicken:
  • – Season the chicken breasts with paprika, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper.
  • – In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.
  • – Add the chicken to the pot and brown it on both sides. Remove the chicken and set it aside.
  • Incorporate Aromatics and Wine:
  • – In the same pot, sauté the onion until translucent.
  • – Add the garlic, carrot, celery, and leek, and cook until soft and fragrant.
  • – Stir in the tomato paste, cinnamon sticks, and bay leaf, and cook for about a minute.
  • – Add the orzo to the pot and fry it for 1-2 minutes to toast slightly, ensuring it’s well-coated in the paste and vegetable mix.
  • – Pour in the red wine, scraping any browned bits from the bottom of the pot, and allow it to simmer until reduced by half.
  • Simmer and Cook:
  • – Once the wine has reduced slightly, add the passata and chicken broth. Stir well to ensure an even distribution of ingredients.
  • – Place the browned chicken breasts back into the pot, submerging them in the liquid.
  • – Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer, then reduce the heat, cover the pot, and let it cook for 25-30 minutes or until the chicken is thoroughly cooked and the orzo is tender.
  • – Occasionally stir the mixture to prevent sticking.
  • Serve and Garnish:
  • – Adjust the seasoning with additional salt and pepper if needed.
  • – Dish out the One Pot Greek Chicken Orzo into plates or bowls, ensuring each serving gets a piece of chicken and a generous scoop of orzo and sauce.
  • – Garnish with chopped fresh parsley and crumbles of feta cheese.
  • – Enjoy the vibrant flavors of Greece in every mouthwatering bite!


– Consider using chicken thighs for a quicker cook time and enhanced flavor.
– Stir occasionally while cooking to prevent sticking. If the mixture becomes too thick or sticks to the pot, add a little more chicken broth.
– Fresh bay leaves impart a slightly different flavor compared to dried ones. If using fresh, you may want to add an extra leaf for a stronger aroma.
– Browning the chicken is a crucial step that enhances both texture and the depth of flavor in the sauce.
– If you prefer to avoid alcohol, substitute the red wine with an equal amount of pomegranate or cranberry juice combined with a tablespoon of red wine vinegar for acidity.
– Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

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