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Greek Roasted Chicken with Lemon Orzo

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This Greek Roasted Chicken with Lemon Orzo is a simple but utterly delicious Mediterranean inspired meal you’ll love. Served family style, this tender and juicy chicken, roasted in bright and savory flavors, couldn’t be easier to make. And the lemon orzo is a delightful addition.


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There is something incredibly wonderful about the aroma of roasting chicken in your own kitchen. Whether that be for a Sunday dinner or any day of the week when you craving Mediterranean flavors and juicy chicken roasted in lemon, garlic, and oregano.

A family-style meal that’s incredibly easy to make is one of the delights of home cooking.

Top view of Greek Roasted Chicken with Lemon Orzo in a gray braising pan

Plus, very often, a whole roasted chicken gives you leftovers! And oh my, what you can do with leftovers! Think chicken noodle soup (Greek style), chicken pasta, chicken salads, chicken sandwiches… or simply freeze the leftovers meals on busy days.

When I mentioned this meal was simple… that also included the ingredients. Ones you may already have on hand.

Side view of Greek Roasted Chicken and Lemon Orzo served family style in roasting pan

What You Need to Make Greek Roasted Chicken

  • Chicken (I’m using a whole chicken, but you could also use other cuts of bone-in chicken– roasting time would vary)
  • Oregano: both dried and fresh will work
  • Lemons
  • Garlic
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Orzo: uncooked
  • Crumbled Feta and fresh parsley for garnish
Top view of Greek Roasted Chicken with Lemon Orzo, fresh parsley and feta in a roasting pan.

What to Love About Greek Roasted Chicken

  • Simple ingredients: This Greek Chicken recipe uses a Mediterranean combination of flavors including oregano, olive oil, lemon and garlic.
  • So easy! This is a no fuss, easy recipe anyone can make. 
  • One Pot Meal: Easy cleanup and simple to serve.
  • Leftovers: There are so many ways to use leftover chicken, some of my favorite ways is enchiladas, soups, and salads. Although chicken sandwiches are pretty incredible too.
  • Chicken Stock: If you’re a soup lover, be sure to save the bones for making stock! The bones freeze well too so you can make the chicken stock later.

What to serve with this Greek Roasted Chicken:

Kitchen Tools Needed

This is such a simple dish to make for a Sunday supper or any night of the week you’re craving tender and juicy whole roasted chicken. The only kitchen tools needed is a large roasting pan and kitchen twine.

Roasting pan: You will need one that measures about 12 inches in diameter. Cast iron is my favorite but any pan large enough to hold the chicken will work. I’m using a cast iron enameled braising pan I found at Amazon. But I also use my 12-inch traditional cast iron skillet on occasion as well. If you’re using a skillet, be sure it is deep enough to also contain the orzo.

The only other tool needed is kitchen twine to tie up the legs.

How to Make Roasted Greek Chicken

Step-by-step instructions are in the recipe card below.

Begin by tucking the wings under the body of the chicken and tying the legs together with kitchen twine.

Top view of unroasted whole chicken in a roasting pan

Then brush the simple Greek chicken marinade over the outside of the chicken.

Top view of whole chicken in roasting pan with Greek marinade being brushed over the outside.

It’s now ready for the oven. Roast the chicken in a 400°F preheated oven for about 50 minutes (depending on how large your chicken is).

Top view of unroasted chicken in roasting pan and ready for baking.

Sprinkle dry orzo around the base of the chicken, pour in the seasoned broth, and top with fresh lemon slices (that have their seeds removed). Bake for another 20 to 25 minutes or until the broth is absorbed into the orzo and the chicken is cooked through.

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Top view of Greek Roasted Chicken with Lemon Orzo in a gray braising pan

Greek Roasted Chicken with Lemon Orzo

Greek Roasted Chicken with Lemon Orzo is a simple, delicious Mediterranean meal. This family style juicy, tender chicken is one you'll love.
4.5 from 8 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients 

Greek Roast Chicken

  • 4 lbs whole chicken
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 lemon juiced and zested
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper freshly cracked

Orzo

  • 1 cup dry orzo
  • 2 cups chicken stock boiling
  • 3 garlic cloves smashed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 lemon sliced
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley (or oregano), chopped

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Place whole chicken in an ovenproof baking dish that measures 12 inches in diameter. Truss the chicken legs with kitchen twine and tuck the wings under the body of the chicken.
    Top view of uncooked whole chicken with trussed legs ready for roasting.
  • In a bowl mix the olive oil, lemon juice and zest, oregano, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper, if using. Mix until combined.
    Brushing olive oil and oregano Greek chicken marinade over whole chicken in roasting pan
  • Rub the outside of the chicken with the olive oil marinade.
    Unbaked whole chicken in braising pan, marinaded and ready for roasting
  • Roast the chicken for 50 minutes.

Orzo

  • Meanwhile, bring the chicken stock to a boil and add 1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano. Keep hot until you add the orzo to the roasting pan.
  • Once the chicken has roasted for about 50 minutes, sprinkle orzo around the base of the chicken and pour in boiling seasoned stock. Scatter the smashed garlic around the base and top with lemon slices that have their seeds removed.
  • Return to the oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the pasta has absorbed the liquid and when checked with an instant-read thermometer, the chicken has reached 165°F in the thickest part of the breast.
  • Top the orzo with feta and stir in fresh chopped parsley. Serve from the baking dish family style.

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Nutrition

Calories: 505kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 115mg | Sodium: 663mg | Potassium: 494mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 358IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Greek Chicken, Greek Chicken Recipe, Roasted Chicken, Roasted Chicken Recipe

2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I made this for the Jewish Holidays and it was Delicious. Instead of Orzo I made Garlic Parmesan Rice and Salad. My Husband and Son Loved this Chicken. I made this Also for a Regular Sunday Dinner too. House Smells Wonderful while Baking. Goes Well with a Nice Glass of Pinot Grigio Ste. Margarita White Wine.

    This Recipe is a Keeper

    1. Sonia, you’ve made my day! I’m so glad you enjoyed it and I’m absolutely honored that you would make it for your holiday. Thank you for trying it and sharing with us how you liked it and what you paired it with!

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