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CHICKEN WITH ORZO, SPINACH AND LEMON

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups orzo cooked according to package directions
  • 1/2 cup Filippo Berio extra virgin olive oil
  • One 10 ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well squeezed
  • 4 skinless boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Grinding coarse black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons capers in salt, well rinsed and minced
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 4 tablespoons fresh minced parsley
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

Details

Preparation

Step 1

Combine the orzo with 1/4 cup of the olive oil. Stir in 1/4 cup of the lemon juice. Salt to taste. Stir in the chopped spinach and 1/2 cup of cheese. Cover, set aside and keep warm. Or make ahead and reheat in the microwave when ready to serve.

Place each piece of chicken between two sheets of wax paper and use a meat pounder to thin them to about 1/4 inch thickness. Mix the flour, salt and pepper together on a dish and dip each breast into the flour mixture, coating well on both sides and shaking off the excess. Set aside.

Heat the remaining olive oil in a large non stick skillet and brown the chicken, adding more olive oil as needed. Transfer them to a dish as they brown and set aside.

Add the butter to the pan and stir in the onion; cook until the onion wilts down, about 3 minutes. Add the capers and cook 1 minute. Stir in the wine, raise the heat to high and cook 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in lemon juice and zest and cook over medium heat until the sauce thickens slightly.

Return the chicken cutlets to the pan and heat gently until hot.

Make a bed of the orzo mixture on a serving platter. Place the chicken breasts over the orzo and pour the sauce over the top. Sprinkle on the remaining cheese and serve.

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