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Greek Chicken Orzo Casserole

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Greek Chicken Orzo Casserole
  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 1 hr 15 min
  • Servings 8
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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.
Updated Jul 25, 2017

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

  • 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.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    For perfect baked pasta texture, cook pasta just to al dente as directed on package.
  • tip 2
    Grated lemon peel adds fresh lemon flavor and aroma without the acid of the juice.

Nutrition

440 Calories, 15g Total Fat, 26g Protein, 52g Total Carbohydrate, 3g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
440
Calories from Fat
130
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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