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.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2008
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Cook orzo in a large saucepan of boiling water until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes or according to package directions. Drain and rinse.

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  • Meanwhile, place 1 cup water, 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, plum tomato, garlic, 2 teaspoons marjoram, vinegar and 2 teaspoons oil in a blender. Blend until just a few chunks remain.

  • Season chicken with salt and pepper on both sides. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook, adjusting the heat as necessary to prevent burning, until golden outside and no longer pink in the middle, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate; tent with foil to keep warm.

  • Pour the tomato sauce into the pan and bring to a boil. Measure out 1/2 cup sauce to a small bowl. Add the remaining 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes to the pan along with the orzo, artichoke hearts and 6 tablespoons cheese. Cook, stirring, until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Divide among 4 plates.

  • Slice the chicken. Top each portion of pasta with sliced chicken, 2 tablespoons of the reserved tomato sauce and a sprinkling of the remaining cheese and marjoram.

Nutrition Facts

456 calories; protein 36.2g; carbohydrates 53.8g; dietary fiber 10.2g; sugars 3.5g; fat 11.9g; saturated fat 3.1g; cholesterol 70mg; vitamin a iu 535.9IU; vitamin c 5.7mg; folate 139.9mcg; calcium 168.9mg; iron 3.9mg; magnesium 144.8mg; potassium 785.5mg; sodium 377mg; thiamin 0.4mg.
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Reviews (41)

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41 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 30
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 3 stars
12/01/2011
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. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
10/29/2011
Would not make again The "sauce" was not very good and I could not come up with a way to fix it. I am not sure if it was the sun dried tomatoes or what but it just did not taste good. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Lower carb adjustment This sounded really yummy but I don't eat pasta so I dropped the orzo and artichoke hearts and mixed the sauce with spagetti squash instead then topped it with the chicken and sauce. Everyone seemed to really like this lower carb alternative. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/23/2014
Great evening meal! 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! Pros: Very Flavourful and easy to prepare Read More
Rating: 3 stars
10/29/2011
Not bad not great This meal was ok. I substituted spinach for the artichokes and part-skim mozzarella for the romano. It was a decent easy to make weeknight meal. This is a "pantry" dish for sure. And tho I may make it again I am in no rush to do so. (If I do make it again tho it needs more tomatoes because the sauce was just not enough.) Pros: Satisfying Cons: Boring Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Looks good; can be made vegetarian very easily!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this recipe. It is very flavorful. So much so that I made it twice in one week! I used the Magic Bullet to blend the sauce. Just be careful not to blend the sauce too much. Blend until there are some chunks still left. Don't over blend or it will be a little soupier. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2011
Outstanding! 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!!! Pros: Healthy REALLY tasty! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Made this last night. Husband raved about it. I would also double the sauce and increase the garlic. Also think it needed a big pinch of salt. Used regular orzo as I don't care for the taste of whole wheat. Really a delicious dish. The chicken could also be grilled instead of pan fried. Yummy. A definite make again Read More
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