After reading a few negative comments, I had my doubts about this recipe but I liked the ingredients so I decided to give it a try. I followed everything but I used a handful of cherry tomatoes, oregano instead of marjoram, parmesan cheese, and balsamic vinegar. The sundried tomatoes did come in oil and the artichokes were Italian fire roasted. With these substitutions I followed all the directions. Yes the chicken takes longer to cook than it suggests, but other than that I thought the recipe was brilliant and delicious! There was a lot of flavour from the sundried tomatoes and garlic. I loved it! Because I used cherry tomatoes the sauce was rather wet, so I just let it simmer a little longer. If yours was dry, try perhaps adding more water? I will definitely make this recipe again as it had all the right stuff in my opinion! I also sprinkled on some chilli flakes onto my portion - perfect!
Chicken & Sun-Dried Tomato Orzo
From EatingWell: March/April 2008
Sun-dried tomatoes and Romano cheese pack a flavorful punch along with the tantalizing aroma of fresh marjoram in this rustic Italian-inspired dish. Serve with sautéed fresh spinach or steamed broccolini.
36 Reviews for Chicken & Sun-Dried Tomato Orzo
This dish was a big disappointment. I made it exactly as specified and it had no flavor. Adding a bunch of salt and pepper to my portion did not help at all. I will definitely not make this again!
I don't know what kind of chicken can be cooked through in 3-5 minutes per side . . . doubled the cooking time. The tomato sauce was a bit watery as well. This is what I would do next time: Brown chicken on both sides. Remove from pan, add sauce to pan. Return chicken to pan and braise for 25 minutes. Remove chicken, add in other ingredients, serve. This would combat the watery sauce and the undercooked chicken.
I cut a few corners to make this easier by using rotisserie chicken and just adding everything together at once instead of all the layering. I think next time I will use a more substantial pasta as the orzo got a little mushy in the reheating.
I cut the recipe in half, used 3 oz of Orzo for the two of us, and used a 6 oz. can of tomato sauce, 1/4 cup of sun dried tomatoes, 1 plum tomato, used balsamic vinegar for the red wine vinegar, and added 1 tsp. dried Italian seasoning (the sugar levels from using all sun dried tomatoes was not condusive to our low-sugar diet). This was absolutely fabulous!! Very delicious; my husband and I loved it & will make it again!!!