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One Pot Chicken and Orzo with Mushrooms

Make this easy peasy one pot dish filled with chicken, orzo and mushrooms for dinner tonight. It's a great family meal, and clean up is a breeze!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 people


  • 6 skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs (patted dry)
  • salt and black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 1 leek (white and pale green parts only, chopped)
  • 300 g mushrooms (sliced (10oz))
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 250 g orzo (8oz)
  • 80 ml dry white wine (1/3 cup)
  • 500 ml low-sodium chicken stock (2 cups)
  • juice from 1 lemon (chopped parsley, shaved parmesan cheese and black pepper, to serve)


  • Heat the oven to 200°C (400°F). Season the chicken with salt and pepper on both sides.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium (around 22cm or 9 inches) ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Place the chicken skin-side down in the shimmering oil and cook until skin is crispy, about 5 minutes. Flip and brown on the other side for 2-3 minutes, then remove to a plate and set aside.
  • In the same skillet over medium heat, cook the onion and leek until starting to soften, about 3 minutes. Stir in the mushrooms and garlic and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir orzo into skillet and cook for another minute, then pour wine into skillet, scraping any browned bits off the bottom.
  • Once wine has almost cooked away, stir chicken broth into skillet. Bring to a boil, then take off the heat. Nestle chicken on top and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until orzo is cooked and chicken is done.
  • Serve with lemon juice, chopped parsley, parmesan shavings and freshly cracked black pepper.