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Chicken, Black Olive and Orzo

By Thyme’s Head Chef, Charlie Hibbert

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A Greek inspired baked orzo dish, soaked in the juices of the chicken, fennel, olive and lemon. One to truly transport you to a  Mediterranean island.

The team from Thyme present their ideal movie-night at home

Movie Recommendation: Before Midnight  (2013)

Serves 2

Prep & cooking time: 35 minutes

Difficulty: easy


  • 2  organic chicken  legs, separated into thigh and drum stick 
  • 50ml white wine 
  • ½ small red onion, diced 
  • ¼  head of fennel, sliced from root to tip 
  • 5  black olives, pitted and halved 
  • 1  bay leaf 
  • ½ lemon zest and juice 
  • 100g orzo 
  • 200ml chicken stock 
  • 1  tsp  salt 
  • ½  tsp cracked black pepper 
  • A handful of chopped parsley


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C | 160°C | gas mark 4
  • Fry the chicken in an oven-proof pan over a medium heat until browned and crisp on all sides. Remove from the pan and set to one side. Pour in the white wine and scrub off any brown bits with a wooden spoon. Scatter in the onion, fennel, bay, lemon and orzo in the pan and stir together. Place the chicken back in the pan and pour over the chicken stock.  Season with the salt and pepper and bake in the oven for 20 minutes, until the liquor has been absorbed by the orzo. Put the chicken onto a plate, stir through the parsley and serve.  

Movie Recommendation: Before Midnight  (2013)

The third in a trilogy,  following  Before  Sunrise (1995) and  Before  Sunset (2004), Before  Midnigh t continues on  the highs  and lows of the  love  story  between Jesse and Celine. Two decades since their first meeting, they are in Greece on  holiday  with their family and  reminiscing  about their lives together and the journey they've had.

Trayscape: The Copper Beech’s distinctive leaves are deep purple in spring, turning coppery in the autumn. As the season turns, the woody beech nut cups release their nutty treasure. The decorative and sturdy tree has been panted in landscaped gardens and parks for centuries and the Copper Beech at Thyme stands tall at the end of the Manor garden. Caryn Hibbert’s hand painted design features organic limes ambling across the fabric in a fresh botanic take on the classic pin stripe.

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