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Herb Rubbed Chicken in Creamy Orzo July 12, 2010

Filed under: Chicken,Main Dish,Uncategorized — bhrastich @ 8:03 pm

Here’s another fab recipe from Annie’s Eats. I really need to post some recipes other than ones from Annie’s. Maybe one day I’ll get there. This meal is probably on my top 10. It’s rather easy and other than the Herbes de Provence, uses very basic pantry staples (well, I don’t usually have heavy cream, but it is an easy to find!) This is a great meal for any time of year and pairs well with a nice red wine. I’m making this one tonight, maybe I’ll even remember to take a picture and post later! …..don’t hold your breath!

Enjoy!

Herb-Rubbed Grilled Chicken with Creamy OrzoIngredients:
8 oz. orzo pasta, uncooked
2 chicken breasts, butterflied into halves (4 pieces total)
Salt and pepper
2 tsp. Herbes de Provence
2 tbsp. olive oil
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 

Directions:
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, reserving ½ cup of the pasta water. 

Season both sides of the chicken breast halves 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.  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.  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.  Stir in the cooked orzo, heavy cream and Parmesan cheese.  Mix until well blended and the cheese has melted.   If necessary, add some of the reserved pasta water to smooth out the sauce.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Serve immediately.

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