My man loves this dish! It’s a perfect mix of veggie, protein, carb, and flava!
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2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 cup uncooked orzo
14.5 oz water
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp olive oil
3 handfuls of raw baby spinach
1 tbsp minced garlic
1/2 cup parmesan
1/4 cup pine nuts
dash of salt *to taste
dash of pepper *to taste
1. Before I start the pasta, I bake the chicken. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. I rinse the chicken first, then pat completely dry. I lightly season with and even blend of kosher salt, black pepper, paprika, and garlic powder). Once seasoned and rubbed in, I coat with a light layer of olive oil. This will help seal in your seasonings and keep your chicken moist!
2. Place the chicken breast on a baking sheet for 30 minutes (flipping once at the 15 minute mark). Once cooked through (no pinkness, liquids run clear), remove and let sit for 5 minutes. This is important in making juicy chicken!
SPINACH ORZO PASTA
1. In a pot that has a lid, melt your butter (low-medium heat). Once melted, add in the dry orzo and stir until the orzo starts to turn golden and browned. I let it brown for a couple minutes.
2. Add in your water and bring it to a boil. I then take a sheet of foil, place it over the pot and secure the lid down to make a nice seal. Reduce your heat to a low simmer for 15 minutes or until the orzo absorbs the water. Do not take the lid off during this process.
3. While your orzo is cooking, I then start to toast the pine nuts and cook the spinach…in a small frying pan, I throw the nuts in turn the burner on medium heat. They only take about 5-6 minutes. Every few minutes, I shake the pan a bit to keep them toasting even. You will smell them and they turn a nice golden color 🙂
4. In a separate sauté pan, turn your burner on medium heat and add the olive oil. Once heated, add the garlic and sauté for about 30 seconds to a minute. Add in spinach, a pinch of salt, and stir until wilted. Sometimes I add a lid to create a steam environment (which helps the spinach wilt quicker). Once wilted, turn off the heat and set aside.
5. Once your orzo is cooked, open the lid, add in the parmesan, spinach, and mix together! As a parmesan lover, I usually add in a couple more dashes (your choice)
5. By this time, my chicken has already cooked and set, I think slice and add the chicken to the pasta 🙂
**you can make this dish meat free
**pine nuts optional