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Slow-Cooker White Wine Chicken With Orzo From Eleni Vonissakou

September 25, 2019
Photo by Eleni Vonissakou
Author Notes

Reprinted with permission from The Greek Slow Cooker by Eleni Vonissakou, Page Street Publishing Co. 2019. Photo credit: Eleni Vonissakou and Constantina Papageorgiou. —Food52

  • Cook time 6 hours 35 minutes
  • Serves 4 to 6
  • 1 cup (140g) finely chopped onion, lightly packed
  • 2 pounds (900g) boneless, skinless chicken thigh fillets
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) good-quality white wine
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) olive oil
  • 1/4 cup (15g) fresh parsley, finely chopped, tightly packed
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 8 1/2 ounces (240g) orzo pasta
  • 1 cup (240ml) boiling water, plus extra if needed
  • Grated Greek Gruyère or kefalotyri cheese, to serve
In This Recipe
  1. In the slow cooker insert, combine the onion, chicken, wine, lemon juice, olive oil, parsley, salt, pepper and thyme.
  2. Cook on low for 5 to 6 hours, or until the chicken is tender and falling apart.
  3. Turn the cooker to high and add the orzo. Stir and cook on high until the orzo has absorbed most of the liquid already in the slow cooker. Start adding hot water, 1/2 cup (120 ml) to begin with and then 1/4 cup (60 ml) at a time, as needed for the pasta to cook through. Total cooking time for the pasta should be 25 to 35 minutes. Turn the slow cooker off when the orzo is al dente and the consistency is quite wet and “sloppy” looking, since the pasta will continue to absorb liquid as it rests.
  4. Serve immediately with the grated cheese.

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