When I first saw the recipe for Braised Chicken with Orzo on one of my favorite blogs, The Fountain Avenue Kitchen, I knew I wanted to make it. Even though Ann made hers with rice which is clearly stated in the title, I saw Orzo! It’s just the way my mind works. Ann was talking about this recipe being part of a Greek cookbook. In my mind, Greek food and orzo are automatically linked. I really have no idea if orzo is very popular in Greece or not. When I was a child, we went to Greece and I had a fabulous rice like side dish. For the longest time, I had no idea what it was but have come to think it was orzo. So Greek food and orzo are forever linked in my mind.
When my Mom was coming over for dinner, I decided to make Braised Chicken with Orzo and Arugula for dinner. I knew it was something she would love. It has simple clean flavors, which is what she prefers. My husband on the other hand, prefers “knock-you out” spice and heat. This also happens to be a one pot meal. Oh yes, for those of us who hate to wash dishes, this is a one pot meal. Woo hoo! Even the orzo cooks in the pot with the braising chicken. That makes it a perfect week night meal.
If you have picky eaters, this is a recipe that is for you. My Mom is actually the picky eater in the family. Although we find that she isn’t that picky when she eats at our house. I don’t know if she just says she likes dinner to be nice; or if she really does like more food then she thinks she does. My husband is convinced she really isn’t that picky but my Dad thinks she is. Got to love the funny family dynamics at work. I cannot complain, my parents are very supportive.
Try Braised Chicken with Orzo and Arugula on your picky eaters. It’s a healthy, one-pot meal that is perfect for a week night.