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    Chicken Thighs and Orzo

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    SusieQusie's Note:

    While searching my "archives" (read - box in the back of the pantry) for Zaar World Tour II recipes, I ran across this gem that was torn out of BHG, Sepember 2004 edition. Sounds Italian to me.

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    1. 1
      In a 5 to 6 quart Dutch oven, cook pancetta until browned. Remove pancetta, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings (add olive oil if necessary to equal 2 tablespoons.) Drain meat on paper towels & set aside.
    2. 2
      Brown chicken in drippings about 10 minutes, turning to brown evenly. Drain off fat.
    3. 3
      Add undrained tomatoes, orzo, garlic & 1 cup water. Bring to a boil & reduce heat.
    4. 4
      Simmer, covered, 25 to 30 minutes or until chicken is done (180ºF on meat thermometer) & orzo is tender.
    5. 5
      If necessary, cook an additional 2-3 minutes uncovered to thicken the pan sauce.
    6. 6
      Stir in pancetta, olives and basil & heat through.
    7. 7
      To serve, divide spinach among 6 plates. Top each with a thigh, some of the orzo mixture & some of the cheese.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 06, 2010


      Very good! I had to improvise with the tomatoes because mine didn't have onions or garlic but I diced up a small onion and added extra garlic which worked out fine. Also the recipe didn't state whether or not to cook the spinach first. I thought the hotness of the dish would wilt it on the plate, but it didn't. It needs to be cooked first. I used chicken broth instead of water for extra flavour. And just as a note to myself, I'd use bone in chicken breast next time, the thighs are too boney for my liking. Thanks for posting!

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    • on July 13, 2009


      This was so good! Quick and easy. I didn't have pancetta just I just browned the chicken in some evoo and in the end threw in a handful of real bacon bits. I added extra garlic and sauteed an onion with the chicken. A definite keeper and go-to meal for a busy weeknight.

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    • on March 31, 2009


      I didn't have olives, and I used dried basil, but this was really good! I couldn't leave the leftovers alone! Easy to make too. I added some spinach in the last couple of minutes and served on spinach as well. And I added probably twice as much garlic - but I do that with everything! Thanks for a yummy, new favorite!

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    Nutritional Facts for Chicken Thighs and Orzo

    Serving Size: 1 (147 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 203.0
    Calories from Fat 36
    Total Fat 4.0 g
    Saturated Fat 0.8 g
    Cholesterol 57.2 mg
    Sodium 149.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 22.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.8 g
    Sugars 0.6 g
    Protein 18.1 g

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    tomatoes with onion and garlic

    garlic and herb goat cheese

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