Saturday, June 30

Chicken Stuffing Dish with Orzo Pasta

Homemade crunchy croutons top a cheesy chicken dish. I served this savory chicken meal with a flavorful green bean orzo pasta side. Yum!

Chicken Stuffing Dish and Green Bean Orzo Pasta

3 Boneless skinless chicken breasts butterflied  
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup of milk
3/4 cup cheddar cheese thinly sliced
Pepper to taste
2 cups of croutons (see recipe below)

Homemade croutons
5 slices of whole wheat bread
1 t of garlic powder
Pepper to taste
A couple tablespoons of canola oil
A couple dashes of dried rosemary

Orzo Pasta
1 cup orzo pasta
1 cup French cut green beans-cooked
1/8 cup parmesan cheese

Cube bread and place in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Drizzle oil over bread and sprinkle remaining ingredients on the bread. Toss bread to coat and bake at 400F for approx. 10 minutes or until bread is golden and toasty.

Chicken Dish
To make the chicken, lay butterflied chicken breasts in a single layer in a 9x13in pan. Lay sliced cheese over chicken.  In a separate bowl combine cream of chicken soup, milk and pepper. Pour mixture over chicken and sprinkle croutons on top. Bake at 350F uncovered for approx. 35 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

Orzo Pasta
Cook pasta according to package until al dante. Drain water and add green beans and parmesan cheese. Remove about 1/2 cup of the cooked chicken stuffing dish sauce and stir into the orzo pasta.

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