Tonight’s dinner a year ago:
A marriage includes the father of the bride; chicken stock, the groom; cannelloni beans, the mother of the bride; chopped tomato, blushing orzo, the bride to be; chicken in bite sizes. Sage was the flower of choice with a handful of baby arugula. Guests threw cracked black pepper and a dash of salt for luck. Fresh mozzarella graced the cake. Yes, I sang love songs to my food while watching Chef’s Table.
Tomato Orzo with Chicken
I have a funny feeling that the chicken was a rationing was not the main course selection, and the beans and orzo stole most of the plate’s surface above. Please adjust accordingly, this recipe obviously was thrown together to satisfy hunger, yet, it could be a recipe for guests if done up elaborately.
4 chicken breasts or thighs, boneless and skinless, flattened before pan cooking
(1) 15 oz can of cannelloni beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup of dried orzo, or serving size of prepared per package directions
1 medium tomato, chopped
Fresh sage, diced
4 handfuls, divided of fresh, chopped arugula
Salt and pepper, or seasonings of choice
In the marriage description I cut up the chicken and incorporated it with the mound of orzo and greens. If you are serving to friends, you may want to present a whole, flattened, chicken breast or thigh on top of the orzo mixture, taking it from a deconstructed mess to an actual dish worthy of serving.
I would butter a pan before browning the flattened chicken, tossing in capers near the end of the cook time, and add a squeeze of lemon on the chicken before plating on top or to the side of the orzo.
Prepare the orzo as directed on the package, add in chopped tomato, sage and season to taste. Plate the chopped fresh arugula, top with the orzo mixture which will allow the arugula a few minutes to wilt. Plate the chicken on top of the orzo/arugula mixture and drizzle with pan juices and bits. Serves 4.
Small, red or yellow skinned potatoes, halved or quartered, cooked and finished with butter and parsley would be a nice accompaniment.
Chilled white wine of choice would be my suggestion for a beverage.
Perhaps fresh berries masticated in a wine and sugar sauce over top a slice of pound cake and vanilla bean ice cream.