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One Pot Lemon Chicken and Thyme Orzo

This One Pot Lemon Chicken and Thyme Orzo is made using very few ingredients, it is super quick to make and it is a dish that everyone will enjoy.  

Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 31 minutes


  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 8 Chicken Thighs and Drumstick mixed skinless
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 1 Lemon Sliced
  • 4 - 6 cloves Garlic crushed
  • 200 grams Orzo
  • 750 ml Chicken Stock
  • 1 Lemon Zest and Juice of
  • Pinch Chilli Flakes
  • 2 Sprigs Thyme Leaves removed


  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C/Gas Mark 6.

  2. Heat the oil in a large oven proof pot (I use a cast iron pan). 

  3. Season the chicken and add to the oil. Sear for 3 - 5 minutes per side. Remove from the pot and set aside.  

  4. Add the butter to the pan, once melted add lemon slices to the same pot and sear for 1 minute each side. Remove and set aside. 

  5. Stir in the garlic and cook for a minute before adding the orzo. Pour in the chicken stock and lemon juice and zest after 2 minutes.  

  6. Bring to a boil over high heat and slowly add the chicken, lemon slices, chilli flakes and thyme to the pot. 

  7. Pop the pot into the oven for 20 - 25 minutes. Check if the orzo and chicken are cooked and remove from the oven.