Chicken, Mushrooms and Parmesan with Orzo

One of my goals for this year is to do a better job of meal planning. I’m SO sick of throwing out produce that I haven’t used! Now that football season is coming to an end, I’m hoping that Sunday will be my day to figure out what we’re going to eat for the upcoming week and do the grocery shopping accordingly. This will be really helpful because I really hate having to stop by the store after work — once 3:30pm rolls around, the only place I want to hurry is home!

It was more challenging than I thought it’d be to sit down and figure out the next 5 days’ worth of meals! I guess it’s because when it’s all laid out in writing in front of you, you’re suddenly struck with how similar everything sounds day to day! Since I had a bunch of errands (including the dreaded grocery shopping) to run this afternoon, I knew I wanted to make something easy. This orzo dish seemed like the perfect choice.

Chicken, Mushrooms and Parmesan with Orzo:
Recipe from For the Love of

1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup yellow onions, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 tsp dried thyme
8 oz button mushrooms, sliced
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
1/4 lb of orzo, cooked per instructions
2-3 tsp chicken bouillon granules
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped


Cook the orzo in water along with the chicken bouillon granules, per instructions.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add chopped onion, mushrooms, and thyme; sauté for 5 minutes or until the onion is tender. Add the chicken, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste then sauté 7-8 minutes or until chicken is golden brown and cooked through; add the minced garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Remove skillet from the heat then add the cooked orzo, Parmesan and parsley to the chicken mixture and toss. Taste and re-season with salt and pepper if need.


I used the entire box of orzo (so 1 lb instead of 1/4 lb), and increased the amounts of onion and chicken. I figured this way, we’d have plenty for lunch tomorrow (understatement). The addition of the chicken bouillon cubes to the pasta was a nice touch, and really kicked up the flavor. This earned Roo’s stamp of approval, which is really fortunate considering how much we have left over!


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by leeetz on January 19, 2010 at 8:36 am

    lol, Roo? this look yummy!

    I don’t know how to do single-space! help?


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