Orzo with Chicken and Peas

Ingredients

1 pound boneless/skinless chicken (breasts, thighs whatever you like)
1 cup uncooked orzo
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
1/2 med onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup shredded parmesan, divided
1T chicken bouillon
1T olive oil
1/2 T favorite seasoning mix (here's mine)
1t dried thyme

Preparation

1
Prepare your Orzo according to package directions adding the chicken bouillon to the water.
2
Remove fat from chicken and cut into bite sized pieces, season generously with seasonings of your choice.
3
Add olive oil to skillet and saute onions until translucent.
4
Add chicken and thyme and cook just until chicken is starting to brown but is not quite cooked through.
5
Add garlic and cook for just long enough to finish cooking chicken.
6
Add peas and cooked Orzo. Stir to combine and heat through.
7
Add 1/4 cup of the parmesan cheese to pan and stir.
8
Serve with remaining parmesan sprinkled over the top.

 



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Orzo is one of those things I always forget I have. When I do see it in the pantry I tend to stand there staring at it thinking "it's only for soups" when really, I guess it could be used to replace rice in just about any dish.

I love the texture and flavor it adds in place of rice. It seems to elevate a dish from an everyday, plain ole rice dish. To me anyway. ;)

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