Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Creamy Orzo with Grilled Chicken!

I've found so many good food blogs lately and I've been enjoying finding and trying new recipes.

Tonight's dinner came courtesy of Smells Like Home.

Modifications: I doubled the chicken breasts and I also used broccoli instead of the peas.

Creamy Orzo served with Herb-Rubbed Grilled Chicken

  • 1 pound orzo (rice-shaped pasta)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced*
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, juices drained
  • 1 1/4 cups whipping cream*
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed*
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • reserved pasta water
  • 2 tsp herbes de provence
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded to 1/2″

Bring a heavy large saucepan of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the orzo and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring often, about 10-11 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid.

Season pounded chicken on both sides with herbes de provence (1 tsp per breast), salt and pepper.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a heavy large frying pan over medium heat and pre-heat the grill to medium-high heat. Add the shallot and garlic, and saute until tender, about 2 minutes. Put chicken on grill, turning after 4-5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook until they are tender, about 8 minutes. Stir in the cream and peas*. Add the orzo and toss to coat. Remove the skillet from the heat. Add the Parmesan to the pasta mixture and toss to coat. Stir the pasta mixture until the sauce coats the pasta thickly, adding enough reserved cooking liquid to maintain a creamy consistency. Season the orzo generously with salt and pepper, and serve.


  1. It´s a very nice recipe, I enjoyed it very much.

  2. making this tonight but I am having spinach/asiago chicken sausage instead of chicken

  3. I finally made this with a few modifications.... I did the chicken/spinach sausage. I'm on this new 'eat right for your type' thing, and am supposed to stay away from pasta so I made it with rice, no tomatoes either but added carrots.

    It was SOOO good, and I will be eating the leftovers HAPPILY this week!