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Lemon Chicken Orzo
April 2, 2017, 1:50 am
Filed under: Pasta, Uncategorized, Weekday Meals

Introduction:

We tried this new orzo recipe tonight, with success. Sort of. My 3yo wouldn’t even try it with a chocolate bribe. But, that’s not unusual for him. If you go back to the original recipe link (noted at the bottom), the author has the weight watchers points listed as well.

Ingredients:

4 tsps all purpose flour

1/2 tsp each of garlic powder, salt and black pepper

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp light butter

6 oz uncooked wheat orzo pasta

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 cups reduced sodium fat free chicken broth

1 cup fresh asparagus spears, cut into 1″ pieces

3 tbspns fresh lemon juice

1 cup halved grape tomatoes

additional salt to taste.

Instructions:

1. Combine the flour, garlic powder, pepper and salt in a small dish and stir to combine. Place the chicken pieces in a gallon zip-top bag and add the flour mixture. Seal the bag and shake/massage it around until the chicken pieces are coated.

2. In a large saute pan, bring the oil over medium heat and then add the chicken. Stir to coat with the oil and then cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken pieces are cooked through and begin to brown. Transfer the cooked chicken to a side plate and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm. Wipe out the inside of the skillet.

3. Place the skillet back over medium heat and add the butter. When the butter is melted, add the orzo to the pan and stir to coat. Spread the orzo across the surface of the pan and allow it to cook for 2 minutes until a few of the orzo pieces begin to brown. Add the garlic to the pan and stir. Allow to cook for another minute.

4. Add the chicken broth to the pan and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to low to simmer and cover the pan. Simmer covered for 4-5 minutes and then add the asparagus. Stir and re-cover. Simmer for an additional 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir. Add the lemon juice, tomatoes and basil along with salt to taste. Stir together and then add the reserved chicken to the pan. Stir to combine and serve.

Comments:

Alright, here’s what we did to this recipe. I did not have asparagus, so I threw peas into the pan. The did not need quite as much time as the asparagus might have, so put them in a bit later than the recipe indicates. Lemon isn’t our favorite flavor, so I should have gone easy on the lemon juice at first. Not sure if it was because I didn’t use fresh, but it seemed quite strong at first. It toned down in the cooking process, but I’d still probably start with 2 tbspns next time and see where that takes us. I think this would also be a great recipe with an alternate flavor (if I could figure out what that flavor would be). I didn’t use the entire cup of tomatoes either and this was enough for us. The last thing we added was some sliced black olives, always a favorite in our house and we liked them in this recipe too!

My husband said this was a 3.5 bits out of 5, but I downgraded it for the fact that one child only took a bit and the other one outright refused. Still, for a nice summer meal (with alternate kid choice), I would definitely make this again and look forward to trying it as leftovers!

Our Home Rating? 3/5 bites

Source: http://www.livinglou.com/2011/08/garlic-parmesan-orzo.html

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