Friday, July 25, 2008

Chicken Cacciatore with Orzo

From Every Day with Rachael Ray February 2008

1/4 C EVOO
2 pounds bone-in chicken parts (breasts, legs and thighs)
Salt and pepper
1 1/2 C orzo pasta
1/4 C chopped fresh basil
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 8oz pkg mushrooms, thickly sliced
1 14.5oz can diced tomatoes
1 8oz can tomato sauce
2 Tbsp drained capers

In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and cook, turning once, until golden, 12-14 minutes. Transfer to a large plate and reserve the skillet.
Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the orzo until al dente, about 5 minutes. Drain and transfer to a large bowl. Toss with the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, half the basil and salt and pepper to taste. Cover to keep warm.
Set the skillet over medium-high heat; add the onion and mushrooms and cook, scraping up any browned bits from the pan, until softened, about 8 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and their juice, the tomato sauce, capers and remaining basil; season with salt and pepper. Add the chicken to the sauce and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has thickened, 7-10 minutes. Transfer the chicken to 4 plates, top with the sauce and serve the orzo alongside.

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