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Greek Chicken Orzo Casserole

Greek Chicken Orzo Casserole
  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 1 hr 15 min
  • Servings 8

This Greek-inspired dish, featuring chicken, spinach, oregano, feta cheese crumbles and fresh lemon, proves that casseroles can be lighter and brighter without sacrificing taste. ...MORE+ LESS-

Ingredients

1
package (16 oz) uncooked orzo pasta
1
can (14.5 oz) Muir Glen™ organic diced tomatoes, drained
1
bag (5 oz) baby spinach
8
oz feta cheese, crumbled
1/4
cup olive oil
1
tablespoon chopped fresh oregano leaves
1/2
cup Progresso™ reduced sodium chicken broth (from 32-oz carton)
1
lb chicken tenders, cut in 1-inch pieces (about 11 tenders)
1
teaspoon Greek seasoning
1
teaspoon finely grated lemon peel
2
tablespoons sliced green onions

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. Cook and drain pasta as directed on package.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, in large bowl, mix tomatoes, spinach, about half of the cheese, the olive oil and oregano; stir in cooked pasta. Spoon mixture into baking dish. Drizzle broth over pasta mixture. In same bowl, mix chicken and seasoning until well coated. Place chicken pieces over orzo mixture; cover with foil.
  • 3
    Bake 45 minutes; remove foil, top with remaining cheese. Bake 4 to 5 minutes longer or until juice of chicken is clear when center of thickest part is cut (at least 165°F). Top with grated lemon peel and green onions.
  • Grated lemon peel adds fresh lemon flavor and aroma without the acid of the juice.

Expert Tips

  • For perfect baked pasta texture, cook pasta just to al dente as directed on package.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
440
Calories from Fat
130
% Daily Value
Total Fat
15g
22%
Saturated Fat
5g
27%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
50mg
17%
Sodium
770mg
32%
Potassium
190mg
5%
Total Carbohydrate
52g
17%
Dietary Fiber
3g
14%
Sugars
3g
Protein
26g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
40%
40%
Vitamin C
6%
6%
Calcium
20%
20%
Iron
15%
15%
Exchanges:
2 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 2 1/2 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
3 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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