Lemon Parmesan Chicken Orzo

with kale and heirloom cherry tomatoes

$9.95 per serving

Prep & Cook Time: 30-40 min.

Cook Within: 5 days

Difficulty Level: Easy

Spice Level: Not Spicy

Contains: Milk, Eggs, Wheat

A note about serious food allergies

This meal is all about joining, in that you'll be as glad as ever that you joined Home Chef after one simple bite. Orzo pasta is joined by Parmesan, lemon, kale, and tomatoes, which results in a hearty, creamy bed of deliciousness on which to rest a juicy seared chicken breast. We wish we could join you in eating this fantastic meal!

In Your Box (serves 2)

  • 1 Shallot
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 Lemon
  • 3 Thyme Sprigs
  • 4 oz. Kale
  • 4½ oz. Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes
  • 2 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 4 oz. Orzo Pasta
  • 2 tsp. Chicken Base
  • 1 oz. Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • ⅓ oz. Butter
  • Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
    625
  • Carbohydrates
    58g
  • Fat
    21g
  • Protein
    48g
  • Sodium
    1479mg

Recipe Steps

You Will Need

  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Cooking Spray
  • 1 Medium Pot
  • 1 Baking Sheet
  • 1 Large Non-Stick Pan
  • 1 Wire-Mesh Strainer

Before You Cook

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    1

    Prepare the Ingredients

    Peel and mince shallot. Mince garlic. Zest and halve lemon. Quarter half and juice remaining half. Stem thyme and coarsely chop. Stem and coarsely chop kale. Halve tomatoes. Pat chicken breasts dry, and season both sides with ¼ tsp. salt and ¼ tsp. pepper.

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    2

    Cook the Chicken

    Heat a large non-stick pan over medium heat and add ½ tsp. olive oil. Add chicken to hot pan and sear undisturbed until browned, 1-2 minutes. Transfer chicken to prepared baking sheet and roast until chicken reaches a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees, 6-9 minutes. Remove from oven and rest 5 minutes. Reserve pan; no need to wipe clean. While chicken roasts, start orzo.

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    3

    Start the Orzo

    Add orzo to boiling water and cook until al dente, 7-9 minutes. Reserve ¾ cup pasta water and drain orzo in a wire-mesh strainer. Set aside. While orzo boils, cook vegetables.

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    4

    Cook the Vegetables

    Return pan used to sear chicken to medium heat. Add ½ tsp. olive oil and shallot to hot pan and stir often until tender, 4-6 minutes. Add garlic and cook until aromatic, 30 seconds. Add reserved pasta water, chicken base, 1 tsp. lemon juice, and half the thyme (reserve remaining for garnish). Stir until incorporated and raise heat to high. Bring to a boil and reduce by half, 3-5 minutes. Add kale and cook until wilted, 2-3 minutes.

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    5

    Finish the Orzo

    Reduce heat to medium. Stir orzo into vegetables. Stir in tomatoes, Parmesan, and butter, then season with ¼ tsp. salt and ¼ tsp. pepper. Plate dish as pictured on front of card, garnishing with reserved thyme, lemon zest, and lemon wedges. Bon appétit!