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Pan-Seared Chicken Breasts with Creamy Lemon Sauce


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  • Chicken
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts (10-12 oz/300-350 g each)
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) Greek Rub 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
  • Orzo and Sauce
  • 8 oz (250 g) uncooked orzo
  • 6 oz (175 g) fresh baby spinach leaves (about 8 cups/2 L)
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 can (10 3/4 oz/284 mL) condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) Greek Rub



Step 1

1. Cut lemon into four ¼-in. (6-mm) slices. Loosen skin from chicken by inserting fingertips under skin and gently pushing between skin and meat. Season with rub; place one lemon slice under skin of each breast. Place chicken in Deep Covered Baker; microwave, covered, on HIGH 7-9 minutes. Remove baker from microwave; carefully remove lid. Move center two chicken breasts to ends of baker and move outer chicken breasts to center. Cover; microwave 7-9 minutes or until Digital Pocket Thermometer registers 165ºF (74ºC) and juices run clear.

2. Meanwhile, cook orzo according to package directions in (2-qt./1.9-L) Saucepan. Place spinach into large Stainless Mesh Colander; drain orzo over spinach. Return orzo mixture to Saucepan. For sauce, zest lemon using Microplane® Adjustable Grater to measure ½ tsp (2 mL) zest. Juice lemon to measure 1 tbsp (15 mL) juice. Combine zest, juice, soup and rub in Small Batter Bowl; set aside.

3. Add oil to (12-in./30-cm) Skillet; heat over medium heat 1-3 minutes or until shimmering. Remove chicken from baker, allowing excess juices to drain into baker; carefully remove 2/3 cup (150 mL) of the chicken juices. Add chicken to Skillet; cook 4-6 minutes or until golden brown, turning once. Add reserved chicken juices to batter bowl; mix well. Add ¼ cup (50 mL) of the sauce to orzo mixture in Saucepan; cook over medium heat 2-3 minutes or until heated through. Microwave remaining sauce 2-3 minutes or until hot. Serve chicken with orzo and sauce.

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