My brother and I were home alone for dinner tonight so I decided to make him a really yummy dinner. At first, I had no idea what to make him, but then I remembered a really delicious pasta dish I had a while back--Orzo with chicken, broccoli and cheese. I was so happy when Grant (my brother) gave me a low 9 out of 10 on the delicious scale! I am slowly moving towards a solid 10 out of 10 (: One of these days I guess I will have to make him a three course meal or something to achieve perfection.
This meal did not take long to prepare either, which was really nice. I was able to make it in less than 30 minutes and keep the kitchen organized at the same time! Woo! I had never made a cream sauce before so I really didn't know what to do when that stage of the meal came around. However, it is way easier than it sounds! All you have to do is combine around 1-2 tablespoons of cream ( I used whipping cream) with 2 tablespoons of regular milk over low heat and stir it constantly to make sure it doesn't burn. After the milk heats up, then you can add a cheese of your choice to make the sauce thicker and more savory. I chose parmesan because Grant always puts it on his pasta. Once the cheese is melted, then all you have to do is throw your cooked pasta, chicken, vegetables and whatever else you want to add in into the saucepan and stir it around until everything fully combined. See, its not that hard! 
Check out the recipe below! 
  • 2/3 cup orzo pasta
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken strips (thawed), and sliced into bite size pieces
  • 1 1/2  tablespoon olive oil
  • Garlic salt or seasoning of your choice for the chicken
  • 1/2 cup broccoli, chopped
  • 1-2 tablespoons cream
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste 
  1. In a small pot, boil around 2 cups of water. 
  2. In a sauce pan, add 1 tablespoon olive oil and wait until it heats up
  3. When the oil is heated, add the cut up chicken, salt, pepper and garlic salt
  4. When the water comes to a boil, add the orzo and cook for 8 minutes.
  5. While the chicken and pasta are cooking, chop broccoli until you have around a 1/2 cup. Around 4-5 broccoli trees
  6. Once the chicken is done, take it off heat and place it on a plate. You will be adding it to the pasta and broccoli in a few minutes. 
  7. In the same pan that you cooked the chicken in, add a 1/2 tablespoon olive oil and the cut up broccoli and saute for 2-4 minutes, or until golden around edges. Set aside on the same plate as the chicken. 
  8. After the pasta is done cooking, strain it and set aside. 
  9. In a sauce pan, combine the cream, milk and parmesan cheese. When the cheese melts, add the orzo, chicken and broccoli and stir for 1-2 minutes or until the dish is fully combined. 
  10. Dish up and dig in (: 
L to the av
4/25/2013 09:37:32 pm

That's it. That's what I want for lunch.

4/25/2013 09:39:02 pm

Alright. Monday's Lunch coming right up (:

4/26/2013 03:16:15 pm

Now you need to add calories...:) keep up the good work...

Cooper Hirsc
4/26/2013 03:36:55 pm

Will do! Thanks!


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