I’ve got several meals on standby that I cook when I have company. This one is always a big hit with guests. The bonus is that my kids love it, too! It’s healthy, delicious, and easy to make. It also covers three of the five food groups, making it a great all-in-one meal. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 lb. orzo pasta

1 to 1.5 lbs. chicken breast fillets

1 pint cherry tomatoes

1 can medium-sized black olives

1 cup onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

salt and pepper to taste

olive oil

balsamic vinegar

 

Directions:

1. Marinate chicken in ¼ cup olive oil, 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar, 1 clove of the chopped garlic, and salt and pepper to taste for at least one hour in the refrigerator.
2. Cook the orzo according to package directions in a large pot of salted water, and grill chicken until cooked through.

1 Chicken and Orzo

3. Cut the chicken into strips.

4. Meanwhile, heat ¼ cup olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and remaining garlic and sauté for 3 minutes or until softened.

2 Chicken and Orzo
5. Add the tomatoes and sauté for 5 minutes, pressing down on them with a spatula to release their juices.

3 Chicken and Orzo

6. Add olives, salt, and pepper. Add a bit more olive oil if you prefer to the pasta to be more “saucy.” Cook for 1 minute to heat through.
4 Chicken and Orzo

7. Toss orzo with the tomato and olive mixture and spoon it onto a platter. Arrange chicken on top and serve.

5 Chicken and Orzo

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Hollie officially chose her occupation as a "cooker" when she was two. Ever since then, she has been whipping up the most fabulous creations in her kitchen for her friends, family and whoever will eat!

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