Saturday, October 9, 2010

Chicken Orzo

This is a light, but filling test-kitchen meal that can be made fairly quickly.  We have enjoyed it both times I've made it, and it also passed the company-test! :) Enjoy.

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 t. red pepper flakes
salt and pepper
1 c. orzo
2 T. olive oil
1 (14.5 ounce) can petite diced tomatoes (or diced tomatoes chopped in a food processor)
1 1/2 c. chicken broth
3 T. finely chopped fresh basil


Pat chicken dry with paper towels and rub all over with oregano, pepper flakes 1/2 t salt and 1/4 t pepper.  Toast orzo in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes; transfer to bowl.  Heat 1 T oil in empty skillet until shimmering.  Cook chicken until lightly browned, about 3 minutes per side; transfer to a plate.
Add garlic and remaining oil to the empty skillet and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.  Add tomatoes, broth, and toasted orzo and bring to a boil.  Return chicken, along with any accumulated juices, to skillet and cook, covered, over medium-low heat until chicken is cooked through and orzo is tender, 10-12 minutes.  Sprinkle with basil.  Serve with lots of freshly grated Parmesan.