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Lamb Chops & Orzo with Apricot Chutney & Herbed Yogurt Sauce

Lamb Chops & Orzo with Apricot Chutney & Herbed Yogurt Sauce - A simple yet special dish for a dinner party or just a nice dinner at home! |

I know, the title of this recipe is kind of a mouthful. But, it’s one that I’ve wanted to create for a long time. I keep a running list of recipes I wanted to develop, and this started as “lamb chop dish?” on that list. Over the next few months, other items were slowly added, as they came to me (usually right before I fell asleep at night. How convenient). Next, I thought it would be good with orzo pasta. There should probably be some dried apricot chutney too, because dried apricots are awesome. And oh yes, I always have yogurt on hand, so let’s throw some of that in there too.

Lamb Chops & Orzo with Apricot Chutney & Herbed Yogurt Sauce - A simple yet special dish for a dinner party or just a nice dinner at home! |

You know how yesterday, I told you about the new love of my life, Door to Door Organics (DTDO)? As soon as I signed up, I spotted these gorgeous lamb chops from Michigan’s Tirrell Centennial Farms among their offerings, and I knew this dish would become a reality, and soon. I thought it would be fun to see if I could order all of the ingredients from DTDO, and it was no problem at all. They had every single thing I needed to get in the kitchen and make this Lamb Chops & Orzo recipe dream a reality!

Lamb Chops & Orzo with Apricot Chutney & Herbed Yogurt Sauce - A simple yet special dish for a dinner party or just a nice dinner at home! |

This is definitely one of those recipes that looks a little more complicated than it really is. I know, there’s four sections to the ingredient list. BUT, hear me out. The Herbed Yogurt Sauce takes literally 2 minutes to stir up. It can be made a few days in advance and kept in the fridge, if you want. Same for the Apricot Chutney. The orzo portion of the event is literally dumping pasta in boiling water and setting a timer. And while the pasta is cooking, you just sear the lamb chops in a pan. See? Pretty simple, yet special. Perfect for a dinner party, or just a fancy meal at home.

Do you want to check out all of these great ingredients from Door To Door Organics yourself? Enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter below the recipe – two winners will win a $100 gift card to Door to Door Organics! This giveaway is open only to residents in areas where Door to Door Organics delivers. They deliver to Michigan and many other states – check to see if they deliver to your area by plugging your zip code into the search box on this pageAlso, Be sure to follow Door to Door Organics on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram. You can also find great recipes on their site.

Lamb Chops & Orzo with Apricot Chutney & Herbed Yogurt Sauce - A simple yet special dish for a dinner party or just a nice dinner at home! |

Lamb Chops & Orzo with Apricot Chutney and Herbed Yogurt Sauce

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes


For the Herbed Yogurt Sauce:

  • 1 cup Thomas Organic Creamery whole milk plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh mint
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

For the Orzo:

  • 8 ounces DeLallo whole wheat orzo pasta

For the Apricot Chutney:

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Made In Nature dried apricots, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons Wholesome Sweeteners light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Bragg apple cider vinegar

For the Lamb Chops:

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 Tirrell Centennial Farm bone-in lamb chops
  • Finely chopped fresh parsley, for garnish


  1. Prepare Herbed Yogurt Sauce: In small bowl, stir together all ingredients.
  2. Prepare Orzo: In large pot of salted boiling water, cook orzo according to package instructions. Drain and keep warm.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare Apricot Chutney: In medium skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic and onion; cook 2 to 3 minutes or until onion is softened, stirring frequently. Stir in remaining ingredients; heat to boiling over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium; simmer 6 to 8 minutes or until apricots are softened and most liquid is absorbed, stirring occasionally.
  4. Prepare Lamb Chops: In large cast iron skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add lamb chops and cook 6 minutes for medium doneness, turning once halfway through cooking.
  5. Serve Lamb Chops over Orzo, garnished with parsley, with Herbed Yogurt Sauce and Apricot Chutney.

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Door to Door Organics. Sponsored posts help me pay for the costs associated with this blog (groceries…lots of groceries), and help support me as I pursue a career in recipe development and food photography. All opinions are 100% my own.


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51 Responses to “Lamb Chops & Orzo with Apricot Chutney & Herbed Yogurt Sauce”

  1. Jennie @themessybakerblog — March 11, 2014 at 9:59 am

    I do my best thinking right before I fall asleep. I keep a notepad next to my bed for such occasions. My husband has been begging me to make lamb. I think I know what I’ll be making. Yum!


    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — March 11th, 2014 @ 11:15 am

      I REALLY need to get a notepad on my nightstand. I always end up getting up, walking across the room to get my phone, and sending an email to myself. Then getting all cold because I’m out from under the blankets. haha.


  2. Stephanie Louise Telford — March 11, 2014 at 10:57 am

    This looks SO good! & I really want to try the

    Salted Caramel Agave Sweetened Coffee Syrup!


  3. agordon10 — March 11, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    grass fed ground beef


  4. Lori — March 11, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    yum so many things I would probably try the salted carmel coffee sryup, as well


  5. mecarolks — March 11, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Smoking Goose
    Applewood Smoked Bacon


  6. Real Food Kelly — March 11, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    I am a huge Door to Door Organics fangirl, always pleased to “meet” another!!


  7. Rosie — March 11, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Nice to know about this site! I’m constantly googling to find a good organic foods online site! I love the Raw Whole Cashews!!


  8. maggiesmith — March 11, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    The Old Farm Beef Short Ribs, Mixed Medium Box of Produce and Applewood Farms Bacon <3 THANK YOU!!!


  9. Kelly — March 11, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    I’d get some Zingerman’s bread!


  10. jlafount — March 11, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    I’d get some of Ope’s Cranberry Chip Cookie


  11. Laila — March 11, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    I would purchase a large jug of Grade B Maple Syrup from Door to Door Organics with the gift card, because I just ran out! 🙂


  12. Mahdis — March 11, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Between the lamb chops, yogurt, and apricots… I’m getting some Moroccan/Middle Eastern Vibes. I’m thinking I might try this with couscous instead of orzo and might rub the chops with some ras el hanout.

    Hope I win (But who doesn’t really)! $100 would go a long way towards helping me stock up my student pantry/fridge.


  13. MLB — March 12, 2014 at 12:53 am

    I would love to try a lot of the produce – especially blood oranges.


  14. Nicole Vosburgh — March 12, 2014 at 10:01 am

    We would love to get the box of Just Fruit!


  15. Karen @ The Food Charlatan — March 12, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    You have successfully branded me Lori. This popped up as the first thing on Pinterest this morning and I saw your font and thought, Oh, something new from Lori! Well done 🙂 This looks really good! I’ve never made lamb chops which is a real shame.


    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — March 12th, 2014 @ 12:40 pm

      Hehe, this good old free font from PicMonkey! Sometimes, I’ll see other recipes on Pinterest with this font, and get momentarily confused. Like “wait, I never made that?” And then I must remind myself that tons of other people must use this font 🙂


  16. Mary Raising Dick and Jane — March 12, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    I love their bacon! Best I’ve ever had!!! I’d buy more.


  17. Heather Babcock — March 12, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Oh my! This looks sooo good. If I win I would definitely get some salmon, a variety of produce and almond milk.


  18. Em Ma — March 12, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    I’d love to get the cranberry chip cookies


  19. Crystal Renee — March 12, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    I would buy some of the Moroccan Lamb and Fig. Looks good!


  20. Tammy Richards — March 12, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    I would buy raspberries and roma tomatoes. You can never have enough of either!!


  21. katy — March 14, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    i would buy the grassfed beef and chicken


  22. bleushman — March 15, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Zingerman’s bread


  23. gayle — March 15, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Pecan Raisin Loaf sounds delicious


  24. Gina Guthrie — March 16, 2014 at 1:34 am

    I am interested in grass fed beef and chicken.


  25. Danielle — March 16, 2014 at 11:01 am

    I would choose the

    Chartreuse Organic Tea

    Hibiscus Quench


  26. Jennifer Ann Hayden — March 16, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Soup sounds good right now – maybe the organic carrot ginger with coconut. Yum!!!


  27. m&i — March 16, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    date bars. i love the site


  28. Kitty Iecvan — March 17, 2014 at 12:31 am

    I would buy the Rainbow Carrots!


  29. Leah B — March 17, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    yummy vegan brownies!


  30. Emily Johnson — March 18, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Looks DELICIOUS! I would buy those Lamb Chops!


  31. Lisa Voyce — March 19, 2014 at 9:15 am

    I would get some of the pasta sauces like the traditional marinara.


  32. april — March 19, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    I would order the Calder’s Dairy whole milk!


  33. Jen R — March 19, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    I would use the gift to purchase some of the locally roasted coffees to try from Door to Door Organics.


  34. sexybrat — March 19, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    I’d pick the Mixed Fruits & Veggies box.


  35. Mihaela Day — March 20, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    I’d pick the Mixed Fruits & Veggies box…it looks yummy 🙂


  36. Miz Vickik — March 21, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    I would love to get some of their Merguez Lamb sausage!


  37. Joe GErsch — March 22, 2014 at 8:20 am

    i would get the
    Pepita Sun Butter


  38. Dana Beeman — March 22, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    I’d be getting a Weaver Valley FarmsBeef New York Strip Steak. 😀 / danabeeman(at)gmail(dot)com


  39. Cordelia — March 22, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    yum! Think I’d try the challah bread..


  40. susan1215 — March 22, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    The Applewood Smoked Bacon


  41. Deb Christie — March 23, 2014 at 5:16 am

    One thing I would buy is Bur Oaks Red Old Fashioned Popcorn. I love the red, blue and black varieties of popcorn but they can be hard to find.


  42. Karen Drake — March 23, 2014 at 10:13 am

    I would get the Applewood Smoked Bacon.


  43. Kim Ripley — March 23, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    I would love to try the soups. The minestrone sounds good.


  44. Jennafer211 — March 23, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    I think I would get the Alaskan Halibut. Thanks!


  45. Dina — March 24, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    I’d love to get Zingerman’s Bakehouse Cinnamon Raisin Bread! I LOVE Zingerman’s!


  46. susansmoaks — March 24, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    the office fruit box sounds really good to me.


  47. Carl White — March 24, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Old Farm Beef Short Ribs


  48. Chrysa Duran — March 24, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    I would get the
    Traditional French Salted Caramel Lava Cakes


  49. Holly T — March 24, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    There are so many things I would want. I would the apple pie or some other fruits or vegetables depending on my mood since those are total opposites 🙂


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