Garlic and rosemary marinated chicken in lemony orzo is a pasta dish an Italian flair. This family friendly, one-skillet meal could be on the dinner table in less than one hour (including marinating time).
We have been on a boneless, skinless chicken thigh kick lately in my household. There were some in the refrigerator that needed to be used, and I wanted to do something new. It so happens that I have a fresh rosemary plant which inspired me to take the Italian route. It was how this hearty, filling, and tasty pasta dish came to life.
At this point, allow me to let you in on a little person triumph...I have been able to nurture and maintain a rosemary plant that I have had since last summer! I realize that having fresh herbal plants in the house in the winter may not be a big deal to many, but for me, it is almost close to accomplishing the impossible. Many attempts have been made over the years to grow plants on my kitchen window sill during winter, and all have proven to be disastrous. I am notorious for killing plants. I have said it before and I will say it again, I can kill plants just by looking at them. So, to have successfully kept a rosemary plant alive thus far has been a mini horticultural milestone for me. Yeah!
My mother and one of my sisters, on the other hand, are great gardeners. Mom lives in Arizona...or as I call it, the desert. Her yard is always full of vegetation—fruit trees, flowers, and a vegetable garden. She is truly a plant whisperer. She can bring life into them and bring them back from the brink of death. Mom can stick a mango seed in dirt and grow herself a mango tree. I on the other hand, can stick a mango seed in dirt and get....well...a dirty mango seed!
Thank you for following humoring me! Back to the chicken and orzo...
When I want a filling, delicious dinner within 60 minutes, this chicken and orzo dish is an excellent option. Plus, it is a one-skillet dinner...easy peasy cleanup! I first marinate the chicken in a garlic, lemon, and rosemary dressing. The chicken is then pan-seared and par-cooked. It is added back to the skillet towards the end of the cooking time. After searing and removing the chicken, orzo is cooked in the same skillet in chicken broth. Seasoning, Parmesan cheese, lemon zest, and kale are then added. I use frozen kale but fresh is great if you happen to have some.
As you may be thinking, this dish is versatile. Orzo can be swapped out with another pasta. Be sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly. Same goes with the kale—use asparagus, broccoli, green beans, spinach, or frozen vegetables instead. This pasta dish is truly a family friendly meal that is sure to be a hit.
Until next time, have a wonderful week!
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