Chef Chuck's Stewed Chicken with Orzo

Stufato di Pollo con Orzo

Slowly cooked tender chicken that melts in your mouth with an incredible flavorful gravy. A medley of healthy vegetables on top of orzo pasta completes this meal.

Stewed Chicken with Orzo
5 chicken thighs
5 tablespoons olive oil
3 celery stalks, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
1 onion , chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/3 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
pinch of pepper
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 tablespoon butter
3/4 cup white wine
2 cups chicken broth, warmed
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
8 ounces orzo (pasta)

In a large pot heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil and saute celery, carrots and onions, for 10 minutes. Add garlic and tomato paste for an additional 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove vegetables and set aside. Wash and pat dry chicken, combine flour, salt, pepper and oregano. Dredge chicken in flour mixture, add butter and 2 tablespoons of olive oil to pot and brown each side for 3 minutes. Slowly pour in wine, and reduce for 3 minutes. Add chicken broth, balsamic vinegar, honey and parsley, simmer with lid on for 1 hour 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cook orzo in well salted boiling water till al dente, serve chicken over orzo. Serves 4


  1. This looks soo delicious! My grandmother would have loved it!

  2. Hi Michele, I am sure she would have enjoyed!
    The flavors were nice and rich for the cold weathers ! Take care,
    Thank you:)

  3. Slow cooked stew.. my kind of chicken dish, Chuck and yours would warm a soul right down to their toes. Looks delicious!

  4. Hello YankeeSoaper! Nothing like good slow cooked chicken!! Thank you for your comment:)

  5. Yum! Artusi gives a similar recipe made with rice; never thought to try it with orzo!

  6. Hi Valerie, Glad you like, was not aware of his recipe, but I will get his book! Thank you for sharing!

  7. A georgous & ooh so tasty meal, Chuck!!

    A terrific dish!

    I also watched your video with your carbonara!! I have made it yesterday & it tasted fab! Thanks again! You explain everything so well in the video!

  8. Hi Sophie! I so glad you enjoyed, and thank you for your lovely comment! Take care :)

  9. Ah Chuck! This looks very nice.I am only just discovering the joy of finding like minded Italian Americans on the internet. I look forward to plumbing the depths of your blog (And, such a professional look!)

  10. Hi Chuck! This was is delicious!! My sister Karen and I made it over the weekend at the Poconos and it was a huge hit!! (Even Jenn ate it!) Love to all! Linda (Aflitto) P

  11. Hello Linda, So glad you tried it, and like it, Thanks Jenn!! We love you all too!! Chuck