Monday, September 9, 2013

One Pot Chicken and Orzo with Goat Cheese

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I was looking for an easy and quick dish to make the other night.  I found this and added a few things and changed a few ingredients and in the end I had a dish that I was so proud of. 

You have all heard me talk about Little Man and how if there is any bit of green in his food he just won't eat it.  We got him to try this dish - a feat in itself.  Guess what happened next? He ate the entire serving and asked for seconds!!  I could not believe it!

The original recipe calls for orzo, broccoli, chicken breast and some parmigiana cheese.  I switched it up and made it with chicken thighs, broccoli, peas and goat cheese.  I also caramelized some onions and mixed those in right before serving.  This dish made enough leftovers for us to reheat it and enjoy it again after a long night at dance class -and it tasted great the second time too.


recipe adapted from Woman's Day
Ingredients: (this will make enough for 2 meals)
1 pound chicken thighs, cut into bite size pieces
3 cups orzo
6 cups of water and chicken broth (I did half and half)
1/2 cup frozen peas
2 broccoli stalks, trimmed and chopped
1/2 log of goat cheese, about 2-3 ounces
salt and pepper to taste

topping, 1 onion, sliced and caramelized
fresh parsley

Directions:
Combine water and broth in a large pot and bring to a boil.
Add chicken to pot and then add in the orzo and simmer for about 12 minutes, add the broccoli in for the last 5 minutes of the simmering time.  Stir in the peas and allow to heat through.  Season with salt and pepper and then add the goat cheese.  Mix the cheese in until it melts and blends.  Add in the onions and parsley (or use as a topping.)  Enjoy!!!

How do you get your picky eaters to eat right?
I love a one pot meal - what are some of your favorite one pot dishes -leave a recipe or link. I would love to check it out?


one year ago I made PB & J Bars  

two years ago I made Mac 'n Cheese Muffins 

three years ago I made Pasta with Eggplant 


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51 comments:

  1. This looks yummy! And very impressive that the little guy will eat this! Just out of curiosity, have you ever tried making him green "cupcakes" with spinach and other stuff hidden inside?

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  2. That sounds awesome and glad your little man loved it! He definitely has good taste :)

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    Happy Valley Chow

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  3. Looks great! We have a picky eater too. He doesn't really care for anything that's green either. However, he will drink a green smoothie!

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  4. This sounds great! Will try it this week. I think instead of broccoli, I will try it with spinach.

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  5. This sounds SO good. And yay that the little man loved it, too. YUM!

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  6. Not a fan of goat cheese -- my grandfather who immigrated from Greece would hate that about me. But I love using orzo. So many of my friends have no clue what that is. I think it's the perfect alternative to rice in lots of dishes. And it's "lighter" than other big pasta so the other ingredients can take center stage. Good for you for being diligent in getting your picky eater to try new things!

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  7. Mmmm sounds hearty and yummy! :)
    www.prettybitchescancooktoo.com

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  8. This sounds good! I love orzo and will have to try it out! Thanks for the recipe!
    Brittani
    www.linenandlaceblog.com

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  9. My children love orzo. This looks like a great recipe and I pinned it. I love one pot meals. Here's one of mine...http://healthypreservation.blogspot.ca/2013/09/fishy-fishy.html

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  10. Wow, this looks really good! And if picky eaters will eat it, too, I'm sold! I hate having to make two things for dinner :( Thanks for the recipe, can't wait to try!

    Dawn from http://www.ithinkwecouldbefriends.com

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  11. I'm not a fan of green veggies, so I might have to skip that part of it -- but the other stuff looks divine. I'd be interested to try this recipe.

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  12. that looks yummy though I've never had goat cheese

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  13. I have never actually cooked orzo but I think I might give it a try. The recipe sounds fairly easy and delicious!

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  14. I had to google what Orzo was!! Not sure I have ever seen it for sale here in N Ireland, but I will look out for it :)

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  15. Yum! I'm a big fan of orzo (almost made some tonight!) Pinning recipe. Thanks!

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  16. Mmm,looks so yummy. I love one-pot meals for the easy clean-up.

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  17. This looks good. I love crockpot meals. they are a busy mama's best friend. Thank you for sharing.

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  18. Wow! That looks like one really nutritious 1 pot meal.... Will keep that in my recipe clipping and make it someday.

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  20. Hi Danielle,
    I just love the Goat Cheese in this recipe, this is a great dish! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
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    Miz Helen

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  21. I try to model good eating and hope that my children will eventually follow my model. It's frustrating at times, but I'm sure we'll get there!

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  22. Yum! That is gorgeous! I know it would go over well in our home too!

    We have a veggie-lover in our son; the only thing he WON'T eat...which I love...is mushrooms. Just like dad.

    (I sneak them in occasionally.)

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  23. Since I love to eat rice, this looks like the perfect recipe to try in the near future. It looks delicious and with the substitutions you made, still quite healthy.

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  24. I have never made anything with orzo in it, but this looks really good! And I love one pot meals:)

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  25. I have to try orzo as well. Here is one of my family's favorite one pot meals--and it has spinach in it! The kids love it! http://creativekkids.com/favorite-recipes-2/main-meals/our-familys-green-rice/

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  26. Wow...I have got to try that recipe! I have a couple fussy eaters...but at least a couple of them will try it and I think they'll like it! One pot meals are the best!

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  27. I would eat this in a heartbeat! My picky ramen noodle loving granddaughter is a different story. I would be thrilled if I could get her to try this.

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  28. I'm impressed! It has to be the cheese with your Little Man! This recipe is easy to alter to a vegetarian home as well.

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  29. Looks easy enough! I bet using macaroni would make it seem familiar, too if you needed to get kids to eat it.

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  30. Was the broccoli steamed first? Or just softened and cooked in the process? Sounds awesome. Will have to give it a yet :)

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  31. That looks delish and healthy!
    I am cooking from a diabetic south african cookbook right now. They have a nice stroganof with peas, onion, mushrooms and also a nice fish pie with the fish at the bottom, onion, mushrooms, peas, curry, garlic in the middle and mash on top. My husband loves mushrooms so I have to add them in every day!

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  32. I love one pot meals too for their ease of readiness, but my kids will NOT eat them. They like their foods separate (I was the same way as a child). So before I throw everything together I usually make up 2 plates of all the individual items.

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  33. Great recipe, I love one pot meals. Busy mama's could always use new easy recipes. So glad you shared!

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  34. This looks really good! My boys are six and are REALLY picky. Just like some of your other readers said, my kids won't eat everything all mixed together either. I'm wondering if there is a way I could cook everything separately and then mix it together on my plate and my husbands. Or I could just make it this way and my kids could take it or leave it! :)

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  35. Oh my word, that looks delicious! I love one pot meals and must try this one soon. You take beautiful pictures, they really enhance your post. ~ Bobbi

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  36. Mmmm that looks delicious! I'm trying hard now to set the ground work so my little guy isn't picky, but I'm sure the day will come when he rejects x, y, and z. For now, he enjoys everything from risotto to curry!

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  37. Sounds so good! I'm definitely going to try this soon! Thank you for posting! :)

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  38. Sounds really delish! I love finding healthy things that my kids will eat! ;) Pinning this!

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  39. This looks really good can't wait to try it. Love making new things! Thanks for recipe and the great great pictures.

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  40. This looks so delicious!I love quick and easy meals!

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  41. I love orzo! This looks like such a yummy comfort food! I don't eat chicken, but am sure I can substitute it. I love that it seems easy!

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  42. I LOVE one pot dishes and this one looks really good! I am not a fan of goat cheese, but a substitution for that can easily be made!

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  43. A one pot dish, easy, and something a picky eater will eat - wow! That's a supermom dish for sure:) for my picky eater, I have found he will eat soup if I let him drink it from the bowl so I blend all sorts of things in soup! Cheese sauce also works wonders so that's my second go-to trick. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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  44. This looks so good and I am definitely going to try it, though I'd probably replace the gat cheese with feta. I *might* use any excuse to put feta in a recipe.

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  45. Looks like a great recipe. We love one pot meals also. Sometimes you just look around and see what you have to go into it. At times when our budget was very tight, we ate a lot of ramen noodles. So, we learned a lot of ways to dress it up and make one pot meals out of it. Some of my favorite things to add to it are polish sausage, onions and corn. But you can add almost anything to it.

    Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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  46. Is it strange that I have no idea what orzo is? Seriously, I had to Google it.

    The food looks pretty tasty, though. I might have to give it a try.

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  47. This looks great. I'm a fan of orzo and goat cheese, but I've never put them together. And, yes, I love one pot meals.

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  48. Sounds yummy for a cool fall evening! Thanks for sharing!

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  49. I love one-pot dishes. Will add to my collection. Thank you!

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  50. Oh yum! This sounds great. I will have to try it.

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  51. I think that I had this once before when I was at someone's house and it was so good! I don't think I ever got the recipe though, so this is fantastic! Thank you for sharing, it looks delicious!

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