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One-Pot Chicken with Farro

Photo: Jennifer Causey
Active time 20 mins
Total time 1 hr

Serves 6 (serving size: 2 chicken thighs and 1 cup farro mixture)

This easy dish is perfect for a casual get-together with friends. Inspired by arroz con pollo, it is hearty with satisfying complexity. Cumin, saffron, and oregano season rich chicken thighs and nutty farro as the dish simmers. If using saffron, deploy it sparingly; those tiny threads bring subtle flavor and a little color to the dish, but too much will yield a medicinal taste. Serve with a side salad to complete the meal.


  • 12 skinless, bone-in chicken thighs (about 2 1/4 lb.)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano, divided
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 large red bell pepper, cut into 2-in.-long, 1/2-in.-thick strips
  • 1 large green bell pepper, cut into 2-in.-long, 1/2-in.-thick strips
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 1/2 cups unsalted chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked farro, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (14.5-oz.) can unsalted diced tomatoes, drained
  • 6 large pimiento-stuffed green olives, sliced
  • 1 cup frozen petite green peas

Nutrition Information

  • calories 516
  • fat 14.3 g
  • satfat 2.5 g
  • monofat 6.6 g
  • polyfat 2.4 g
  • protein 44 g
  • carbohydrate 49 g
  • fiber 10 g
  • cholesterol 160 mg
  • iron 4 mg
  • sodium 756 mg
  • calcium 66 mg
  • sugars 5 g
  • Est. Added Sugars 0 g

How to Make It

  1. Combine chicken, vinegar, black pepper, 1 teaspoon oregano, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl, turning to coat chicken on all sides. Let stand 20 minutes; drain.

  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high. Add 6 chicken thighs to pan in a single layer; cook until well browned, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to a plate. Repeat process with remaining 1 tablespoon oil and remaining 6 chicken thighs.

  3. Reduce heat to medium. Add onion, bell peppers, and garlic to pan; cook, stirring often, until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in saffron (if using), cumin, 1 teaspoon oregano, and 1 teaspoon salt; cook 1 minute. Stir in stock, farro, and tomatoes. Increase heat to high; bring to a boil. Return chicken and accumulated juices to pan. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and cook until chicken is done, about 20 minutes.

  4. Stir in olives. Cook, uncovered, until farro is tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed, about 8 minutes. Stir in peas; cook until peas are tender, about 3 minutes.