Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Crockpot Parmesan Chicken With Orzo

We have been eating a lot of chicken lately and I THINK I've been doing a pretty good job of mixing up the recipes so it doesn't seem like we are eating the same thing every night. We have eaten it baked, grilled, sliced on sandwiches, shredded on tacos...etc. I found yet another recipe that was unlike anything we had done so far in the last few weeks. Extra bonus- it was a crockpot recipe! (Time saver)

This chicken is different from any other that I have tasted. It has an underlying sweetness from the white wine. Mixed with the orzo and veggies, it's a tasty recipe. The only downfall, for me anyways, was that it kind of has the texture of tuna noodle casserole...with lots of tuna! That downfall turned into a not so negative thing with each bite. The more I ate the better it tasted and the less I noticed the texture. The left overs the next day...were even better! I think the only thing I would change next time, would be to chunk the chicken into bigger pieces instead of shredding it so much.

Crockpot Parmesan Chicken With Orzo (source: how sweet it is)
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 T. olive oil
  • 6 T. dry white wine
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. basil
  • 1/2 tsp. parsley
  • 1/4 C. finely grated Parmesan cheese + 2 T.
  • 1 C. orzo, uncooked
  • 3/4 C. vegetables of your choice
The night before, season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Whisk together 3 T. olive oil, cheese, basil, parsley, garlic and 3 tablespoons of wine. Place chicken in a large baggie, pour marinade over top and coat chicken. Keep in the fridge overnight.
The next morning, place chicken in your crockpot with 3 T. of wine. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. (keep an eye on it because my liquid was GONE before it reached the time. I added a little extra wine at that point)

Prepare orzo according to directions. Once cooked, combine with remaining olive oil, Parmesan, salt and pepper if desired. Cut chicken into pieces/chunks, and toss together with orzo. Add in vegetables of your choice! Top with additional Parmesan, if desired.

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