Chicken Orzo Bake

Since I am on juice for the next 13 days, I thought it would be a challenge to bake something, mostly from scratch using a sauce that had no added salt or sugar. I juiced two tomatoes to create a base for my sauce and got to work pulling this out of thin air.

I chose orzo because, well, I love orzo so I thought my family would too. Since I am still on juice, I didn’t taste it, but my critics did. The family gave it two thumbs up, so I’m sharing the recipe.

Chicken Orzo Bake
Serves 4
Made with a sauce that has no added salt or sugar, this is a great meal for the family.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
55 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
55 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 large Chicken Breasts (or 4 small)
  2. 1 tsp Olive Oil
  3. 2 tsp Crushed Garlic (2 x 1 tsp)
  4. 8 - 10 Mushrooms, quartered
  5. 1 cup Orzo
  6. 2 Tomatoes
  7. 1 can Tomato Paste (just tomatoes, no added salt or sugar)
  8. 1/4 cup Water (if needed)
  9. Fresh Oregano
  10. Fresh Basil
  11. Fresh Parsley
  12. 1 tsp Dehydrated Chives
  13. 3/4 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  14. 4 slices Gouda Cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Juice tomatoes. Blend tomato juice, tomato paste, oregano, basil, parsley, chives, 1 tsp garlic together to make the sauce. Add water if the sauce is too thick. Set aside.
  3. In a pot, cook orzo according to directions. Set aside.
  4. While orzo is cooking, in a skillet, cook chicken, 1 tsp crushed garlic, and mushrooms. When chicken is almost cooked through, remove from heat and set aside.
  5. In an oven-safe dish, add orzo and shredded cheese. Add cooked chicken and mushrooms (if you used 2 large breasts, you may want to cut them in half for four pieces). Top with the sauce and mix together. Make sure chicken pieces are on the top.
  6. Add one slice of gouda cheese to the top of each piece of chicken.
  7. Cover and bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove top and bake for five more minutes.
  8. Let cool and serve.
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Disclosure: I received a Breville Juicer from London Drugs to facilitate this post. The opinions in this post are mine only and are not influenced in any way.

Sheri Landry
Sheri publishes, and writes at This Bird’s Day where she shares all of the thoughts in her head without the voices. Sticking mainly with content for Canadians, Sheri shares family stories, product information and anything that fits into her (and her family’s) daily activities.
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2 comments… add one
  • Betty Jan 14, 2014, 9:24 pm

    Looks yummy, will have to try rhis recipe sometime.

    • Sheri Landry Sheri Landry Jan 17, 2014, 11:14 am

      Thanks. Let me know what you think when you try it out. Reviews appreciated.

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