Chicken Spinach Orzo Skillet

ChickenSpinachOrzo

This dish has become a family favorite. It used to be an item on Romano’s Macaroni Grill’s menu, but when I checked today, it was not there. I adapted a recipe from somewhere on the web, but cannot find it anymore. If I do, I will post a link. The one item that went away very quickly is radicchio. It was just too bitter for our tastes. There are a number of reasons why I like this recipe; it tastes great, lots of good vitamins from the spinach, one dish meal, and easy to prepare. There is a lot of prep work preparing the ingredients for this dish, but once you have them ready, the dish is done in 5 minutes! You can involve the whole family in getting the ingredients together, and then take turns with who prepares the dish itself. There are carbs in the dish, but we usually cannot resist some fresh french bread to go along with it. One time, I forgot to cook and add the orzo, but everyone still loved it. We definitely need the bread on that occasion. I suppose this could be a good side dish (with out the chicken) to most anything, but I like the idea of one dish suppers. Also, we like grilled chicken for this dish, but it does not have to be grilled. It also does not have to be chicken! Shrimp works great in this dish, as well as pork chops, steak, most any meat that you can slice up. OK, ham sounds a little odd, but adding some pieces of prosciutto sounds wonderful. Hmmmm, I feel a new surprise for the family is headed their way!

Chicken Spinach Orzo Skillet

Ingredients:

  • Grilled Seasoned Chicken cut into 2 inch strips by 1/4 inch wide
  • 8 oz cooked orzo (you can cook it in the skillet for the one dish rule)
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts ( I toast them in the skillet to keep with the one dish rule)
  • 1 lemon (zested and juiced)
  • 1/4 cup diced sun dried tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp Capers
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesano Reggiano
  • 1 package baby spinach, shredded ( I like to remove the stems)
  • Salt and Pepper

Instructions:

  1. Heat the olive oil in the skillet until shimmering
  2. Add garlic until it starts popping
  3. Add in lemon juice and zest to skillet
  4. Cut the heat on the skillet
  5. Add spinach to skillet and toss to coat
  6. Add orzo and Chicken and toss
  7. Remove skillet from stove
  8. Add pine nuts, sun dried tomatoes, capers and toss
  9. Add salt and pepper to taste
  10. Scatter cheese on top
  11. Toss one final time and serve in skillet
  12. Dig in and enjoy!
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