Serves 4

Orzo pasta and chicken are slow-cooked in a rich tomato sauce laced with red wine and, the secret ingredient –  cinnamon – make this a crowd-pleasing Greek dish.Chicken Youvetsi

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 2 large skinless boneless chicken breasts
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ¾ tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp unsalted tomato paste
  • ¾ dry red wine
  • 1 ½ c low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 ½ c jarred or boxed unsalted diced tomatoes
  • 2 4-inch sticks cinnamon
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • 1 c whole wheat orzo pasta
  • ¾ c freshly grated parmesan cheese

Instructions:

  1. In slow cooker, place chicken. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Add in all ingredients except pasta and parmesan. (I used minced dried onion and ground cinnamon.)
  3. Cook 4-6 hours on low until chicken is thoroughly down.
  4. Remove chicken and shred.
  5. Serve with orzo pasta.

Nutrients (1 ½  cups chicken and orzo mixture and 1 tbsp cheese)

Calories: 407

Total Fat: 9 g

Carbs: 40 g

Fiber: 7 g

Sugars: 5 g

Protein: 41 g

 

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