One-pot cooking makes me happy. Add to that Greek food and a one-pot meal fit for guests and I’m ecstatic. I’ve never traveled to Greece- fat chance now thanks to two kids, no time, and no money-so I have to settle for eating Greek food (no problem!) and maybe one child-free day I’ll have a date with my good friend Anthony Bourdain for a virtual tour of the land. Greek food is a frequent dinner option in our household, especially this one-pot dish, and what’s not to love? The chicken is bright with lemon and herbs and the rice pilaf is packed with flavor and it has orzo (this riceaholic here loves everything rice, including rice-shaped pasta). Truth be told, I could eat Greek food all day and night, so I can attest with all certainty that leftovers make a mighty fine breakfast.
One-pot cooking is all about convenience and this dish has that in spades. After a short bath in a quick marinade (in a bag!), fry the chicken in a cast iron skillet and then set it aside. Saute vegetables, rice, and orzo (in the same pan!), then dump in the rest of the rice ingredients, top with the chicken, and cook in the oven for thirty minutes. Let it rest for ten minutes and, presto, you have yourself a sexy Greek dinner. This fancy-looking weeknight meal has simple ingredients, a bold yet accessible flavor, and a wow factor that makes it a perfect meal for company. You can even amp up the wow factor with some fried lemons.
One-Pot Greek Chicken stands alone for a perfect weeknight meal. But it’s also great with a Greek salad and a side of tziziki, a cucumber yogurt dip. Trader Joe’s sells a tasty tziziki so I stopped making it homemade, but here’s a recipe (I haven’t made it but Ina’s recipes are usually good).