Greek Oregano Chicken with Spinach, Orzo, and Grape Tomatoes


For a Greek feast, serve a spread of stuffed grape leaves and spanakopita as an appetizer to this slow cooker chicken and pasta dinner.

Greek Oregano Chicken Spinach Orzo Grape Tomatoes
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
20 mins
Slow Cook Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 20 mins
4 chicken breasts plus 4 cups pasta mixture


  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil, crushed

  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley, crushed

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 4 8 ounce skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 14.5 ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 10 ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry

  • 2 cup grape tomatoes

  • 1 ½ cup cooked orzo pasta (rosamarina)

  • 1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel

  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese

  • Snipped fresh oregano


  1. In a small bowl combine dried oregano, basil, parsley, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle mixture evenly over chicken; rub in with your fingers. In a large skillet cook chicken in hot oil over medium-high heat about 6 minutes or until brown, turning once. Remove from heat.

  2. In a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker combine chicken, broth, and garlic. Add spinach; top with tomatoes. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 4 hours or on high-heat setting for 2 hours.

  3. Remove chicken from cooker; cover and keep warm. Using a slotted spoon, transfer spinach and tomatoes to a large bowl; discard liquid. Stir cooked pasta, lemon peel, and lemon juice into spinach mixture. Serve chicken with pasta mixture. Garnish with cheese and fresh oregano.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

414 Calories
10g Fat
24g Carbs
54g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 414
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 146mg 49%
Sodium 595mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 54g
Vitamin C 20.6mg 103%
Calcium 108mg 8%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 1242mg 26%
Folate, total 177.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.3mcg
Vitamin B-6 1.6mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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