Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Creamy Orzo with Chicken and Mushrooms

Recipe from My Kitchen Cafe

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Creamy Orzo with Chicken and Mushrooms
1 to 1 1/2 lbs chicken, cut into chunks
2 bell peppers, chopped
8 oz fresh mushrooms, quartered
1 tsp. thyme
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb orzo pasta
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup reserved pasta water
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
3 Tbsp fresh parsley or 3 tsp dried parsley
squeeze of lemon juice (1/2 lemon)

Cook orzo according to package directions. Reserve 1 cup of water. Drain and set aside. Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add chicken to skillet. Season with salt and pepper. Cook chicken for about 5 minutes. Add peppers, mushrooms, and thyme. Cook for 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add cream cheese and pasta water. Bring to a simmer. Add 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper. Add orzo, parmesan, lemon, and parsley. Serve with additional parmesan cheese. 

Serves 6

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