Chicken-Orzo Salad with Goat Cheese

  • blhill Posted: 07/13/09
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    I thought this recipe was OK, but not great. The salad dressing used makes a big difference in how it will taste - I would not use just the oil and vinegar. It needs more seasoning than called for - I added some seasoned salt and seasoned pepper. I'll probably stick with another recipe that I prefer over this one.

  • ischade Posted: 06/14/09
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    We loved this. The only change I made was using jarred roasted red peppers. Yummy and easy, will definitely make again.

  • LisaEJ Posted: 05/11/10
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    Good for a make ahead, busy weeknight dinner. I liked the spicy arugula, although think it would be good with a lot of greens. I used light feta (personal preference) in place of the goat cheese and served it with corn muffins. Will definitely make again.

  • ShannonTaylor Posted: 06/07/10
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    Used freeze dried herbs, yellow pepper and leftover rotisserie chicken and whole wheat orzo. Easy and great. The kids even loved it (4 and 6).

  • rmk2113 Posted: 07/01/10
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    This recipe was great. It is basically my favourite salad with a twist. I made this for my boyfriend as a healthy meal and it was great. Make sure the flavour the chicken a lot. It gives the dish an extra kick!

  • Purduekel Posted: 01/10/09
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    Fabulous! I made for a 4th of July picnic and everyone raved over it. About six months later a relative of a close friend called and wanted the recipe, she had been thinking about the salad since the picnic!

  • sactown Posted: 05/17/09
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    Love this! Super easy summer dinner. I used feta that I had on hand instead of goat cheese-yummy! My sister-in-law would not leave without a copy of the recipe. This will be my potluck summer dish.

  • Darienne Posted: 09/09/10
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    Great salad recipe. I subbed a bag of salad greens for the arugula and added celery and green onions. I also doubled the dressing. I love bringing the leftovers to work for lunch. Next time I'll try it with whole wheat orzo.

  • Jennajmb23 Posted: 04/19/09
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    I used shrimp instead of chicken and it turned out awesome! I love this dish and everytime I make it everyone wants the recipe. It's very light but fullfilling. I served this dish with flat bread and hummus.

  • yannie Posted: 05/04/09
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    I did not like the arugula. Need to increase the oil and vinegar for added flavor. I also roasted a split chicken breast and cut it off the bone. It melted in my mouth

  • illinicheme Posted: 05/19/09
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    I don't like arugala, so I subsituted spinach. Took a previous reviewer's suggestion and doubled the vinegar/oil. I'll definitely make again sometime.

  • kufb50 Posted: 05/26/09
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    This is a great salad. I cooked the chicken on a George Foreman grill with lemon pepper seasoning...so easy! Then used Meyer Lemon Olive Oil and it was amazing! Great for summer time! The whole family loved it!

  • Luckylassy Posted: 05/27/09
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    This has been part of my dinner rotation, since I received this issue. My husband loves it and it is so fresh and refreshing. I also love to eat this cold the next day for lunch.

  • tryin2cook Posted: 07/10/09
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    I tried this. Rather bland and for those who liked it enjoy!

  • coffeygirl Posted: 07/08/09
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    A FANTASTIC summer recipe! Made plenty of salad enough for a two people for a few days! The arugula never got soggy, but I will say that the salad lost a bit of flavour over the few days it was in the refrigerator. Perhaps adding more cheese to each new serving would help. Also, used goat feta which had a lovely result and taste.

  • oldruth Posted: 05/20/10
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    I made 2/3 of the recipe, since we are only 2 people. I used a scant cup of orzo, but I made the full recipe of dressing and it was fine. I didn't have fresh basil, so I chopped additional fresh oregano, added some flat parsley, and put a large pinch of dry basil into the dressing. I cut back on the chicken because we don't need that much protein. I have fresh arugula from the garden and we thought this was delicious, light and a great summer recipe. I served it with grilled zucchini. The goat cheese is perfect in this recipe.

  • tennisgal1213 Posted: 08/04/09
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    Yummie!! Will definitely add this to my weekday staples. I doubled the oil/vinegar as previously suggested, and used mixed greens instead of arugula.

  • KellyONeil Posted: 01/20/11
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    This is so easy to make and so tasty. .. Dinner and lunch. Paired with a Chateau de Berne.. . oh so tasty ! ! Five stars..

  • ibetravlin Posted: 12/29/10
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    Really great base recipe. We made the pasta salad and added greens and cheese as we ate it throughout the week. Used rotisserie chicken and varied pasta shapes based on availability. Always a hit.

  • EllaBella9 Posted: 01/28/10
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    Good recipe for weeknights, and really great to bring to lunch the next day. One complaint: I thought the dressing was revolting. Luckily I tasted it first, and just made a new dressing substituting balsamic vinegar for red wine vinegar. Once I did that, it was delicious.

  • mbrandyp Posted: 07/09/10
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    This salad was fabulous, will definitely make it again. I substituted grilled pork marinated in a Greek vinaigrette, baby spinach, and balsamic vinaigrette ...outstanding!! The goat cheese really made this dish. Perfect for any occasion!

  • Jaymie Posted: 08/04/10
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    Delicious and perfect for summer. My husband liked it too. Probably could use less orzo and a little more dressing. Super leftovers the next day. Will definitely make this again.

  • Zorian Posted: 02/13/11
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    Very tasty salad. I felt the protein content was a bit low, and the goat cheese was very difficult to work with. But it has an outstanding flavor.

  • RobinWeb Posted: 05/12/11
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    Easy midweek dinner. Added the goat cheese when the orzo was still hot, so it melted and made the dish creamy...I'm sure it addressed the lack of flavor/lack of dressing that other reviewers noted. I made a couple of other changes too. I used parsley instead of oregano and shallots instead of red onion because that's what I prefer. Also, eliminated the arugula (my kids don't like it) and served it with a Caesar Salad.

  • Shirley12 Posted: 07/15/11
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    This is a great, easy weeknight meal and so versatile. I've made this with various veggies, cucumber, tomatoes, olives, and feta for a Mediterranean flavor. I love this warm with pita, veggies, and hummus and it's great the next day too.

  • Clarebh Posted: 06/27/11
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    This was so easy to make and had amazing flavor. Excellent to make at the beginning of the week and have for lunches and even sides at dinner!

  • mareedan93 Posted: 03/01/12
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    Yummy! This was a delicious recipe! I ended up using feta cheese instead of goat cheese (due to family preference) and it was still amazing!

  • gtg599y Posted: 05/02/12
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    This is perfect for lunches that are easy to pack for work. I will definitely be making it again.

  • mhammill Posted: 08/07/12
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    This recipe went over great with the family. My picky 15 month old even enjoyed it. Will definitely make again! I grilled my own chicken and doubled the dressing.

  • showmeyourknits Posted: 08/05/12
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    Excellent! I modified it by adding baby spinach instead of arugula and used feta instead of goat cheese.

  • CookingDad27 Posted: 08/27/12
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    Great light dish. However, I felt like it needed a tad bit more dressing.

  • tracielm Posted: 05/28/13
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    Great for light dinners, lunch dates and leftovers.

  • AD2001 Posted: 05/15/12
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    I found this recipe, looking for an alternative to the normal pasta salad...an instant HIT! I make it as a vegetarian dish, and a a side with either grilled chicken or fish. I've never prepared it with the store bought chicken, but always with my own grilled chicken.

  • KER1117 Posted: 06/19/13
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    Great mixture of summer veggies and the dish comes together so quickly. For the dressing we doubled the oil, quadrupled the red wine vinegar and added juice from half of a lemon. We didn't need quite as much dressing as that made but will keep the proportions the same next time. Great fresh weeknight meal.

  • RaeByrd1982 Posted: 09/22/13
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    This was awesome! My four yr old ate it up, whole family enjoyed it. I did use kale instead of arugula.

  • JLBrooks321 Posted: 02/04/14
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    It is exactly what three stars indicates- a good, solid recipe. Great flavor. Looking forward to leftovers for lunch tomorrow.

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