Lemon Thyme Chicken Orzo

with kale and grape tomatoes

Prep & Cook Time: 30-40 min.

Cook Within: 5 days

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Spice Level: Not Spicy

Contains: Milk, Wheat

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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
  • 4 oz. Grape Tomatoes
  • 13 oz. Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • Info
    4 oz. Orzo Pasta
  • 2 tsp. Chicken Base
  • Info
    2 oz. Grated Parmesan
  • Info
    ⅓ oz. Butter
  • Nutrition (per serving)

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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

  • Step 1 - Prepare the Ingredients

    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 a pinch of salt and pepper.

  • Step 2 - Cook the Chicken

    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, 4-5 minutes. Transfer chicken to prepared baking sheet, seared side up, and roast in hot oven until chicken reaches a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees, 10-12 minutes. Rest cooked chicken 5 minutes. Reserve pan; no need to wipe clean. While chicken roasts, start orzo.

  • Step 3 - Start the Orzo

    Start the Orzo

    Add orzo to boiling water and cook until al dente, 8-10 minutes. Reserve ¾ cup pasta cooking water. Drain orzo in a wire-mesh strainer. Set aside. While orzo boils, cook vegetables.

  • Step 4 - Cook the Vegetables

    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 cooking water, chicken base, 1 tsp. lemon juice, and half the thyme (reserve remaining for garnish) and stir until incorporated. Raise heat to high. Bring to a boil and cook until liquid is reduced by half, 3-5 minutes. Add kale and cook until wilted, 2-3 minutes.

  • Step 5 - Finish Orzo and Finish Dish

    Finish Orzo and Finish Dish

    Reduce heat to medium. Stir in orzo, tomatoes, Parmesan, and butter, then season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Remove from burner. Plate dish as pictured on front of card, garnishing chicken with reserved thyme and lemon zest. Squeeze lemon wedges over to taste. Bon appétit!