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Sun Dried Tomato Basil and Parmesan Orzo with Chicken

Sun Dried Tomato Basil and Parmesan Orzo with Chicken
  • Category

    Main Course

  • Cusine



1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts

1 Tbsp + 1 tsp olive oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 cloves garlic

1 1/4 cups dry orzo pasta

2 3/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth

1/3 cup sun dried tomato halves packed in oil with herbs

1/2 - 3/4 cup finely shredded parmesan cheese

1/3 cup chopped fresh basil


Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a saute pan over medium-high heat. Once shimmering add chicken, season lightly with salt and pepper and cook until golden, about 3 minutes then rotate to opposite sides and cook until golden brown and cooked through, about 3 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate, cover with foil to keep warm. Add remaining 1 tsp olive oil to saute pan then add garlic and saute 20 seconds, or just until lightly golden, then pour in chicken broth while scraping up browned bits from bottom of pan. Bring broth to a boil then add orzo pasta, reduce heat to medium cover pan with lid and allow to gently boil 5 minutes then uncover, stir and continue to boil uncovered until orzo is tender, about 5 minutes longer, stirring occasionally . Once pasta has cooked through toss chicken in with orzo then remove from heat. Add in parmesan cheese and stir until melted, then toss in sun dried tomatoes, basil and season with pepper . Add more broth to thin if desired . Serve warm.