Sunday, November 24, 2013

Kickin Chicken Orzo Recipe

        There's something so exhilarating about creating your own recipe.  Even moreso when it's delicious!  And even moreso when everyone exclaims how delicious it is, and asks for the recipe!  So here it is =)


  • 2-3 Chicken Breasts or 8-`12 drumsticks (legs)
  • Adobo seasoning
  • Pepper
  • Olive Oil or Pam Spray
  • Sofrito (Goya, mexican seasoning)
  • Recaito (Goya, Mexican seasoning)
  • 2 cans of Rotel tomatoes
  • 1 box of Orzo pasta (looks like giant rice)
  • 3 chicken bullion cubes, or equal amount of bullion powder
  • 1/2 C Sour Cream or Heavy Cream
  • Turmeric (spice)
  1. Preheat cast iron (or whatever you're workin' with) skillet over medium-high heat w/ a small bit of Olive Oil or Pam to prevent sticking. Also preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Remove chicken from fridge, and let it sit 20-30 minutes to take off the chill slightly.
  3. Generously sprinkle chicken w/ Adobo & Pepper.
  4. Place chicken in hot skillet, a few pieces at a time, do not overcrowd.
  5. Peek at the underside after several minutes, and when it's nice and dark brown, flip it over to get the other side browned well too.
  6. Remove to a 9x13 oven-safe casserole dish, and repeat with remaining chicken.
  7. Using about 1/2 jar of each (Sofrito & Recaito) spread them evenly over the browned chicken.  Dump both cans of Rotel evenly over top of the chicken.
  8. Cover your dish in foil, and place in preheated oven, for about 45min to 1hr.
  9. Meanwhile, bring a stockpot of water to a boil.  Add your chicken bullion.
  10. Once your water is at a rolling boil, cook the Orzo according to the package.
  11. Drain Orzo once cooked, reserving 1/2 C cooking liquid, and return it to the stockpot.
  12. Add the reserved liquid, sour (or heavy) cream, and Turmeric to taste.  (start at 1/2tsp and go from there)
  13. Stir together Orzo & ingredients, and keep warm until the chicken is ready.
  14. When chicken is ready, spoon a large helping of Orzo onto a plate, and top with chicken, tomatoes, & liquid from the casserole dish.
  15. Enjoy!

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