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Manestra - Greek Orzo Stew
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Greek Orzo Stew with Chicken is a healthy and delicious one pot meal.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Greek
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 342kcal


  • 1 lb. chicken tenderloin cut into bite size pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 finely chopped onion
  • 28 oz. can ground tomatoes or crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon aleppo pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 lb. orzo
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • sumac optional garnish


  • Finely chop the garlic with the oregano leaves. Toss with the chicken and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. For optimal flavor, marinate for at least 1 hour, but not absolutely necessary.
  • In a large pot, heat remaining oil. Add chicken and onion. Cook on high heat for 5 minutes stirring occasionally, until the onions turn translucent.
  • Add tomatoes, paprika, cinnamon, aleppo pepper, sugar and 5 cups water. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil.
  • Add orzo and cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently with a metal spoon as the orzo has a tendency to stick to the bottom of the pot.
  • Add salt and pepper, to taste. Stir to combine.
  • To serve, garnish with sumac or a quick squeeze of lemon juice.


it's also often garnished with cheese, which gives it a nice creamy texture. Feta, Kasseri or even Parmesan can be used.


Calories: 342kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 205mg | Potassium: 642mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 428IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 2mg
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