Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl
Hands-on Time
26 Mins
Total Time
37 Mins
Serves 4

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat; swirl. Add onion and carrot; sauté 3 minutes. Add garlic; sauté for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add wine; cook 2 minutes. Stir in marinara sauce, olives, and 1/4 cup water. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Nestle chicken in sauce. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until chicken is almost done. Remove the chicken from pan.

Step 2

Preheat broiler to high.

Step 3

Combine remaining 1 tablespoon water and egg in a shallow dish. Grate 1 ounce cheese. Combine panko and grated cheese in a shallow dish. Coat chicken with egg mixture, and dredge in panko mixture.

Step 4

Heat remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons oil in an ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat; swirl. Place chicken in pan; sauté for 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Turn chicken over. Place skillet in oven, and broil chicken for 3 minutes or until golden and done. Arrange 1/2 cup orzo in each of 4 shallow bowls; top with 1/2 cup sauce and 1 chicken breast half. Garnish with parsley; shave remaining 1 ounce cheese over top.

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Ratings & Reviews

London1's Review

February 03, 2015
This recipe was decent but not worth the effort...or the dishes! Think it could be made just as easily with jarred sauce only and doing the chicken as described

laebrown's Review

December 04, 2013
This recipe was good in that it wasn't bad, but it definitely wasn't great. The sauce needs a lot more seasoning, as it was pretty bland. Oregano, garlic, onion powder, etc. would punch it up a lot. The orzo was literally just...orzo. Super bland. What really kills it for me, though, was how unnecessarily time-consuming it was. For future reference: Cut chicken breasts in 1/2 length-wise, then pound them out. Egg and bread them in the panko, then fry on medium heat in olive oil for 3 minutes per side. Pour marinara sauce in and simmer about 10 minutes, then top with mozzarella. Done. Serve with steamed broccoli or green beans. Chicken marinara is supposed to be a FAST weeknight recipe!

Clarebh's Review

November 18, 2012
I am a HUGE fan of cooking light recipes for their simplicity and flavor. This was not one of those recipes. The directions seemed awfully confusing (had to keep re-reading) and it seemed like a lot of the steps with the chicken were not worth the time (cooking in sauce, then cooking in saute pan, then broiling). It was just OK. Probably won't make again.

MarkSz's Review

November 02, 2012
I didn't think it was that good. Cooking the chicken in the marinara added no flavor to the chicken. The crust because of the cheese easily broke off the chicken in chunks and to me it wasn't worth my time. It does have potential but I wont be the one to find it

detailaddict's Review

October 18, 2012
Not bad...I brined the chicken breasts in salt water before cooking, and I think they would have been bland otherwise. Simmering the breasts in the sauce before coating them probably speeded up the process compared to coating raw chicken, but as I used regular bread crumbs I can't say that it produced a crispier product. I didn't have marinara on hand so I made up a batch of the CL Basic Marinara recipe (10/07), which worked nicely, and we liked the richness and flavor (not to mention mufa's) that the olives added. I reduced the amount of onion and omitted the garlic as the marinara had plenty already, and I used 6 4-oz. breasts instead of 4 6-oz. ones, which would have been too large for one serving (and would have taken longer to cook). Didn't have time to make a green on the side, but will add a salad or some such next time.

CookinMcGuires's Review

October 07, 2012
This was pretty good. I used my own marinara sauce that I had on hand, but followed the rest of the recipe. It was pretty good. Great for a busy night. It cooks up pretty quickly.

mandamauch's Review

September 19, 2012
This recipe was pretty good and the sauce was delicious. However, the chicken definitely needs a little seasoning as it was a bit bland. I would also add more carrots next time. Overall though, great weeknight recipe!