Sunday, February 27, 2011

Garlic Chicken and Orzo

Garlic Chicken Orzo

Looking for a quick recipe using only what we had in the house, the hubby and I decided to tweak this recipe. Real food in under 30 minutes. Absolutely awesome.

Makes: 3-4 servings

1 cup uncooked orzo
2 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1/4 tsp chile powder
1 boneless skinless chicken breast
1 tbsp dried parsely
2 cups fresh spinach leaves
1/4 cup grape tomatoes
1/8 cup grated Parmesan cheese

BOIL a pot of water
ADD orzo
COOK 8-10 minutes

CHOP chicken into bite sized pieces
WASH spinach and tomatoes
SLICE tomatoes into small rounds
GRATE parmesan cheese

ADD oil to skillet
TURN to medium-high heat
ADD garlic
COOK for 1 minute
ADD chicken
COOK until chicken is cooked through, 3-4 minutes
REDUCE heat to medium
MIX in parsley and cooked orzo
ADD spinach and tomatoes
COOK until spinach is wilted, 2-3 minutes

TOP with Parmesan cheese


My Thoughts
1. These are the sort of meals that make me feel like real cooking is totally doable, even on busy weeknights when everyone is crabby and hungry.

2. This is the second or third time I've tried the whole "add garlic to hot oil for seasoning" and every time the garlic has burned and clumped. I just fished it out, but in the future I'll just add the oil, garlic, and chicken all together.

3. The chile powder was not the best wasn't bad, but had we added more it would have been an odd note. Next time, I think we'll try Italian seasoning.

4. The oil coated the orzo and gave it a bit of a "sauce", which was nice. This would also go brilliantly with a pesto sauce.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous9:25 AM

    Orzo, didn't know that.
    I never add the garlic together with onions to the hot oil before I add everything else (as most recipe ask for). I wait with the garlic until the temperature is lower.


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