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This hearty One Pot Mediterranean Chicken Orzo is a great slimming friendly meal whether you're counting calories or following a diet plan like Weight Watchers.



Total time

65 minutes


Dinner, Lunch


  • 6 chicken thighs (skinless)
  • 1½ tsp paprika
  • 1½ tsp ground allspice
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 1 carrot (diced)
  • 1 stick celery (diced)
  • 4 mushrooms (sliced-but keep them chunky)
  • 6 cloves garlic (left whole)
  • 1 handful cherry tomatoes
  • 1 lemon (juice only)
  • 250 g orzo
  • 1 handful flat-leaf parsley leaves (roughly chopped)
  • 500 ml chicken stock (500 ml of water and 1 stock cubes)
  • low Calorie Cooking Spray


  1. Coat the chicken thighs the paprika, ground allspice, turmeric and salt and leave for 10 mins. In the meantime chop the veg
  2. Spray a large pan with some low calorie cooking spray and heat gently
  3. Cook the chicken until they start to brown. Turn them over and brown the other sides
  4. Set the chicken aside
  5. Add a few more sprays of low calorie cooking spray to the pan, then fry off the onion, carrot, celery, garlic and mushrooms until the onion is soft
  6. Add the tomatoes, lemon juice, 100ml of the chicken stock, return the chicken back to the pan and place in the oven with a lid on (or covered with foil) for 30 mins at 180C
  7. Carefully remove the pan from the oven, add the orzo, parsley and the rest of the stock, stir, and return to the oven for 20 mins - with the lid off!!!
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