Recipe: Zesty Chicken Bites with Mushrooms & Onions and Cheesey Orzo

I was asked for my recipe but I don’t really have one.  My style of cooking is more of just throw things together.

Zesty Chicken Bites

  • 4 skinless chicken breasts or about 8-10 tenders
  • enough flour to lightly coat chicken
  • pepper
  • paprika
  • olive oil, enough to coat pan
  • 4 or 5 good size mushrooms — sliced
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • chicken broth or white wine
  • Italian dressing
  1. Heat enough olive oil to coat a large skillet.
  2. Mix flour, several good shakes of the pepper and paprika (for color). Coat chicken in the mixture. I usually use a plastic bowl with a lid and just shake the chicken. Also, I usually cut the chicken after it is cooked because I don’t like to touch raw chicken.
  3. Cook chicken until golden brown and remove from heat.
  4. In the same skillet saute mushrooms and onions. You may need to add a little more olive oil.
  5. After the onions are translucent add either enough broth or wine to loosen things on the bottom of pan. Add Italian dressing ( couple of times around pan) return chicken to pan. Reduce to low and simmer about 8-10 minutes.

Cheesy Orzo is adapted from Rachel Ray’s Cheese Orzo

  1. Cook one small box according to directions substitute about 1 cup of chicken broth for 1 cup of water.
  2. Drain pasta and return to pot. About butter according to personal preference. The add cheese. I use about 1/2 cup sometimes more.  Heat until cheese and butter melt.
  3. Add black pepper, 1 chopped tomato, and parsley.

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