Chicken and Orzo

This is based on a Chicken and Orzo recipe from Simply Recipes - one of my favorite recipe sites. I made it once when I was looking for something to do with the boneless chicken thighs in my freezer. I decided to adapt this recipe, and it's since become one of my standards. Most of my recipes serve 3-4. That's just right for my family of three, plus lunch for one of us to take to school or work the next day.

Serves 3-4.

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 c. AP flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 4 tb vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup orzo
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 14 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tb chopped fresh parsley

Cut the chicken thighs in thirds.

Mix the flour, 1 tsp salt, pepper, and thyme in a large bowl. Toss the chicken thigh pieces to evenly coat.

Heat 3 tb vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Cook the chicken pieces until brown, about 5 minutes on each side. They do not need to be cooked through. Depending on the size of your skillet you may need to do this in batches - don't crowd the pan.

Set chicken aside. Add 1 tb oil to the skillet. Add onions and 1 tsp salt and cook until the onions are brown, about 5 minutes. Add orzo and saute for about three minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add tomatoes and water and stir until everything is evenly combined. Taste for salt here - before you add the partially cooked chicken back in. It shoud be just a little bit too salty since the orzo and chicken will be soaking in all that liquid.

Nestle browned chicken pieces in skillet and bring to a boil. Lower to a very low simmer, cover, and cook about 15 minutes, until orzo is al dente.

Serve sprinkled with fresh parsley.

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