2 cups hot cooked orzo (about 1 cup uncooked rice-shaped pasta)
1 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast (about 6 ounces)
How to Make It
Steam broccoli, covered, for 2 minutes or until crisp-tender. Rinse broccoli with cold water. Drain; place in a large bowl.
Drop the pine nuts and garlic through food chute with food processor on, and process until minced. Add parsley, mint, and cheese; process until finely minced. With the processor on, slowly pour the oil, lemon juice, water, salt, and pepper through food chute, and process until well blended.
Add the parsley mixture, orzo, and chicken to broccoli; stir well.
Have made this a few times. My teenager is not a fan of mint so I typically use 1 cup of basil and 1/4 cup of parsley in the pesto and it turns out perfectly. Definitely a family favorite. But who can only eat 1 cup?
The mint in the pesto is spectacular. - do not leave that part out! Double the pesto mixture if you want a richer dish. This would also be great with sliced Tofurky sausage in place of the chicken (I used Gardein).
Inspired by this recipe, I made the lazy person's version. After boiling the orzo for five minutes, I added the cut-up broccoli for 3-4 minutes, then the cut-up chicken (just to warm it). After draining, I added some Trader Joe's pesto, then some Parmesan, black pepper, and garlic salt. A fast weekday meal that was healthy and tasty, this will be added to my repertoire!
This is a great fast meal, healthy and filling (unless you have a growing teenage son, he ate two bowlfuls, but just not enough I guess to keep him full). Like another reviewer, I did not use the blender but mixed by hand the pesto ingredients minus the mint with no other additions. This is my first time eating orzo and it tastes great. I loved all of the ingredients in this meal, and the fresh garlic added a wonderful flavor that made this dish pop! I recommend trying this dish, especially over the summer months! It has become a keeper recipe!
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