Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Chicken & Sun-Dried Tomato Orzo

Ingredients for 4 servings

¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes, (not oil-packed), divided
½ cup finely shredded Romano cheese, divided
1 clove garlic, peeled
1 plum tomato, diced
1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
1 up water
1 9-ounce package frozen artichoke hearts, thawed
2 teaspoons plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
3 teaspoons chopped fresh marjoram, divided
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed (1-1 ¼ pounds)
8 ounces orzo, preferably whole-wheat

Directions

Cook orzo in a large saucepan of boiling water until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes or according to package directions. Drain and rinse.

Meanwhile, place 1 cup water, ¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes, plum tomato, garlic, 2 teaspoons marjoram, vinegar and 2 teaspoons oil in a blender. Blend until just a few chunks remain.

Season chicken with salt and pepper on both sides. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook, adjusting the heat as necessary to prevent burning, until golden outside and no longer pink in the middle, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate; tent with foil to keep warm.

Pour the tomato sauce into the pan and bring to a boil. Measure out ½ cup sauce to a small bowl. Add the remaining ¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes to the pan along with the orzo, artichoke hearts and 6 tablespoons cheese. Cook, stirring, until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Divide among 4 plates.

Slice the chicken. Top each portion of pasta with sliced chicken, 2 tablespoons of the reserved tomato sauce and a sprinkling of the remaining cheese and marjoram.
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