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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Chicken & Sun-Dried Tomato Orzo

From Eating Well magazine. When you make the chicken, don't overcook it.
The orzo has a yummy flavor with the artichoke hearts and sun-dried tomatoes.

* 8 ounces orzo, preferably whole-wheat
* 1 cup water
* 1/2 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes, (not oil-packed), divided
* 1 plum tomato, diced
* 1 clove garlic, peeled
* 3 teaspoons chopped fresh marjoram, divided
* 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
* 2 teaspoons plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
* 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed (1-1 1/4 pounds)
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
* 1 9-ounce package frozen artichoke hearts, thawed
* 1/2 cup finely shredded Romano cheese, divided

1. Cook orzo in a large saucepan of boiling water until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes or according to package directions. Drain and rinse.
2. Meanwhile, place 1 cup water, 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, plum tomato, garlic, 2 teaspoons marjoram, vinegar and 2 teaspoons oil in a blender. Blend until just a few chunks remain.
3. Season chicken with salt and pepper on both sides. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook, adjusting the heat as necessary to prevent burning, until golden outside and no longer pink in the middle, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate; tent with foil to keep warm.
4. Pour the tomato sauce into the pan and bring to a boil. Measure out 1/2 cup sauce to a small bowl. Add the remaining 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes to the pan along with the orzo, artichoke hearts and 6 tablespoons cheese. Cook, stirring, until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Divide among 4 plates.
5. Slice the chicken. Top each portion of pasta with sliced chicken, 2 tablespoons of the reserved tomato sauce and a sprinkling of the remaining cheese and marjoram.



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