Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Chicken, Lemon and Dill with Orzo

Another easy to prepare, weeknight meal. You don't even need to cook the meat before placing it into your dish. Before I headed out for errands, I dumped everything into my casserole dish, and baked it when I returned home. The key here is to use fresh ingredients- notably the dill and lemon. It possesses a lovely combination of flavors- comfort food with a savory delightfulness. This recipe uses a 13x9 dish- perfect for company, but since it was just me and DB, we halved this recipe which was just the right amount for dinner and leftovers for lunch the following day. This dish was simple, easy, and delicious- this is what "everyday food" should be.

1-1/4 lb. chicken tenderloins, cut into 1" pieces
Salt, pepper, garlic powder
4 cups chicken broth
3/4 cup water
1 Tbsp butter
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 lb. orzo
1 cup crumbled feta
1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh dill
2 tsp lemon zest
3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 cup grated Parmesan

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Season chicken with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
2. In a sauce-pan bring broth, water, butter, garlic powder, salt and pepper to a boil. Keep a close eye- you don't want to boil too long or you won't have enough liquid for your pasta.
3. In a 3-qt (13x9) baking dish, combine chicken, orzo, feta, dill, lemon zest and juice. Pour broth mixture over orzo and stir once to incorporate.
4. Bake until orzo is tender and cooking liquid is creamy, 40 minutes. (Since we halved the recipe, we baked it for 25-30 minutes.)
5. Sprinkle Parmesan on top and let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Source: Originally from Everyday Food, adapted from Lemons and Love


Melissa said...

I love this dish as well. I'm glad you enjoyed it. It so nice to have a satisfying meal that is easy to throw together.

Jenny said...

Sounds delicious! I love those flavor combinations.

ashley said...

this looks like a great weeknight meal! i bet the leftovers are great for lunches!

Rachel said...

This dish is DIVINE! I love it and cannot wait to make it again!! So simple yet so flavorful!

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