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Orzo with Chicken, Red Pepper, and Shiitakes

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Active Time:  25 Minutes
Total Time:  25 Minutes
  Serves 4
With its rice-shaped orzo and creamy texture, this pasta may remind you of risotto—but it's easier to make, since you don't have to stir and stir and stir.
5 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 4 in all)
Fresh-ground black pepper
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/4 pound shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, caps cut into 1/4-inch slices
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound orzo
1/4 pound mild goat cheese, such as Montrachet
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
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In a large nonstick frying pan, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over moderate heat. Season the chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper. Put the chicken in the pan and cook for 5 minutes. Turn and cook until just done, about 5 minutes longer. Remove. When the chicken is cool enough to handle, cut the breasts crosswise into 1/4-inch slices.

Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in the same pan over moderately high heat. Put in the bell pepper, shiitakes, thyme, and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring frequently, until the mushrooms are golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds longer. Remove from the heat.

In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the orzo until just done, about 12 minutes. Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water; drain the orzo.

In the frying pan, combine the reserved pasta water with the remaining 2 tablespoons oil, the goat cheese, cream, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Bring almost to a simmer over moderate heat, stirring, until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the orzo, chicken, and 3 tablespoons of the parsley and stir to combine. Serve topped with the remaining 1 tablespoon parsley.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Food and Wine. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 4
Calories: 920
Fat. Total: 36g
Fiber: 4g
Carbohydrates, Total: 89g
Sodium: 263mg
% Cal. from Fat: 35%
Cholesterol: 137mg
Protein: 56g
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Rating: 5
by: Lisa Reviewed: 10/28/2008
This recipe is delicious. I am not a fan of goat cheese so I use boursin and it comes out great. Follow all the directions and don't forget to reserve some of the pasta water.
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