Mediterranean Chicken and Orzo Salad In Red Pepper Cups


This yummy recipe won my mom a blue ribbon at the Wisconsin State Fair. It is very beautiful and flavorful!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
11 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 1 mins
4 servings


  • ½ pound uncooked orzo pasta

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • cup red wine vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ¾ teaspoon dried oregano

  • ¾ teaspoon dried basil

  • ¾ teaspoon onion powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ½ cup grape tomatoes, cut in half

  • ¼ cup black olives, cut in half lengthwise

  • 2 ounces crumbled feta cheese

  • 1 grilled chicken breast half, diced

  • 2 red bell peppers, cut in half lengthwise and seeded

  • 4 sprigs fresh oregano


  1. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the orzo, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink, transfer to a bowl, and let cool in the refrigerator.

  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, garlic powder, oregano, basil, onion powder, salt, and pepper. In a large bowl, stir together the cooked orzo, tomatoes, olives, feta cheese, and chicken breast meat until thoroughly combined. Pour the dressing over the orzo mixture, lightly mix to coat all ingredients with dressing, and spoon into the red pepper halves. Garnish each serving with an oregano sprig.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

462 Calories
20g Fat
52g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 462
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 580mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 18g
Vitamin C 81mg 404%
Calcium 113mg 9%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 344mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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