Thursday, October 4, 2012

Creamy Orzo Chicken Dinner

Yup, it's true.  You aren't seeing things.  I am actually posting a recipe!  Now that Sawyer is more than content to sit in her high chair for about 45 minutes every night eating dinner, I have a little bit more time to try out some new recipes.  But, if it takes longer than 45 minutes to prep and prepare...its not happening! Nothing new.

I found this recipe on Pinterest as a side dish and decided to turn it into our dinner.  It caught my eye because, for some reason, I had a giant container of orzo pasta - which is pretty much just rice shaped pasta.  I used whole wheat orzo, and added some chicken and extra veggies to the original recipe.  I had boiled the chicken ahead of time over the weekend so it came together super fast!

1 cup whole wheat orzo pasta 
1 cup of asparagus, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 cup of frozen peas
1-2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
1 tbsp butter
1/2 cup cream (not something I normally cook with, but it wasn't much so I went with it!)
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
salt & pepper

Bring a large pot of water to a boil then throw the orzo in.  

After it cooks for about 5 minutes, add the veggies.

I put my shredded chicken in the colander before draining the pot.  I took it straight out of the fridge so I thought dumping a pot of boiled water over it would quickly heat it up.

It did.  After draining the pasta and veggies, return to pot along with chicken.

Add the butter, cream, Parmesan and salt & pepper.

Mix together.

And that's it.  Easy dinner & easy dishes - the best kind!  Sawyer got to try asparagus for the first time that night - she wasn't quite sure what to do with it!


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