Cozy Chicken and Pesto Orzo
with Spinach and Peas
This drool-worthy orzo dish is creamy and luscious without being too heavy handed! It's made even more enticing with a hit of fragrant basil pesto bringing that herbaceous goodness we're looking for and green veggies bringing some balance. Lemon-pepper seasoned chicken is perfect to top it all off.
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Parmesan Cheese, shredded
Not included in your delivery
Before starting, preheat the oven to 450˚F. Wash and dry all produce. Heat a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat. While the pan heats, pat chicken dry with paper towels. Season with salt and half the Lemon-Pepper Seasoning.When the pan is hot, add 1/2 tbsp (1 tbsp) oil, then chicken. Sear until golden-brown, 1-2 min per side. Remove the pan from heat, then transfer chicken to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Roast in the top of the oven until cooked through, 10-12 min.**
Meanwhile, peel, then mince or grate garlic.
Reheat the same pan (from step 1) over medium. When hot, add 1 tbsp (2 tbsp) butter, then swirl the pan until melted. Add orzo, garlic and remaining Lemon-Pepper Seasoning. Cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, 30 sec. Add 2 1/4 cups (4 cups) water, then season with salt and pepper. Cover and bring to a boil over high.
Once boiling, reduce heat to medium. Cook covered, stirring occasionally, until orzo is halfway done, 7-8 min.Stir in peas. Uncover and cook, stirring occasionally, until orzo is tender and creamy, 7-9 min. (TIP: If liquid reduces too much, add more water, 1/4 cup at a time.)
When orzo is tender, add spinach and three-quarters of the Parmesan. Cook, stirring often, until spinach wilts and Parmesan melts, 1 min. Remove the pan from heat. Stir in 3 tbsp (6 tbsp) pesto, then season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir in any remaining pesto, if desired.
Thinly slice chicken. Divide orzo between plates. Top with chicken.Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan.