Garlic Chicken with Orzo Noodles Recipe
This is a simple recipe with a spicy kick for garlic lovers. It is my combination of a much loved linguine and clam sauce dish and a recent introduction to orzo pasta.
Minced garlic is cooked in butter and tossed with orzo pasta, Parmesan cheese, and a little milk in this quick and easy side dish.
This was awesome! Boiled orzo in 2.5 cups chicken broth, was perfect, didn't need to be drained. Oil, garlic & red pepper, I didn't measure, just used what was to our taste. Tossed in cheese when I added orzo, parsley & spinach. Cooked until spinach was wilted & topped with more cheese. Loved it. Was super simple for a week night, chopped chicken & garlic while waiting for chicken broth to boil. Tore spinach, chopped parsley, grated cheese while chicken was cooking. Tossed it all together, let it cook a couple minutes and dinner was served. I didn't time it, but I'm sure dinner was on the table in less than 30 minutes. Like someone said a little feta, olive and a squeeze of lemon could make this Greek.
My husband and I don't share tastes too often, but we both liked this recipe. I got my pasta and cheese, and he got his chicken with a kick, thanks to the red pepper. I followed the recipe with the few exceptions: the orzo was cooked in chicken broth, used basil instead of parsley, and added mushrooms, yellow squash, and zucchini the last couple minutes of cooking the chicken. Easy and delicious way to eat your veggies. Thanks for the recipe!
I gave it four stars instead of five because I altered the recipe a little since a lot of people said it was bland. For the orzo, I first browned it in 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Then I added two cups of chicken broth and let it simmer (covered) for 15 minutes. For the rest, I doubled the garlic and parsley and followed the cooking instructions as in the recipe. I also added 1/2 cup of grated parmesan and 1/2 lb of sauteed mushrooms the same time I added the spinach. Turned out very very good. I'm keeping this one around.
This is a great weeknight recipe. I added sliced mushrooms, a shallot and the juice of half a lemon. It was the perfect balance of tangy and spicy. I will definitely be adding this to my repertoire.
Everyone loved it, even my extremely picky (and brutally honest) sister. It was quick and easy to make. I see a lot of reviews suggesting cooking the pasta in chicken broth, which is the same idea I had. I used a little bit of Mrs. Dash, garlic salt, and chicken seasoning in addition to the chili flakes and it turned out very flavorful! I will definitely make it again, I can't wait to test it out on my roommates!