Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Herb-Rubbed Chicken in Creamy Orzo

Yes! It's another chicken dish. (Surprise! Surprise!) Just to reiterate, chicken is a staple in my household, so much so that I only buy the huge family bags. Since I'm always cooking it, I'm working hard to find lots of new chicken recipes.

8 oz. orzo pasta, uncooked
2 chicken cutlets, butterflied into halves (4 pieces total)
Salt and pepper
2 tsp. Herbes de Provence (I couldn't find this so I substituted it with McCormick's All Purpose Seasoning.)
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil (evoo)
1 shallot, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, with juices
2 cups broccoli florets
½ cup heavy cream
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1) Bring a saucepan of salted water to boil. Add the orzo and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, about 10 minutes. Drain the pasta, and set aside.

2) Season both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper. Sprinkle evenly with the Herbes de Provence. Heat the olive oil in a 12- or 14-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken breast halves to the pan and cook about 3 minutes per side, until golden brown.

3) Reduce the heat to medium, add the shallot to the pan and sauté 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté an additional minute, until fragrant.

4) Add the diced tomatoes with juices and the broccoli florets to the pan, scraping the bottom of the pan to remove any browned bits. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to simmer over medium-low. Cover and let cook until the broccoli florets are crisp-tender, about 10 minutes.

5) Stir in the cooked orzo, heavy cream and Parmesan cheese. Mix until well blended and the cheese has melted.

6) Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

Since my own photo skills are lacking, check out this image from the original poster. Her photo is a GREAT representation of the meal. It was SO delicious!


Photo and recipe from Annie's Eats

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