Creamy Lemon-Pepper Orzo with Grilled Chicken

If you love risotto but want something quicker, this simple orzo takes half the time. Rich cheese and cream are switched out for tangy Greek[ yogurt and goat cheese for equally-satisfying creaminess. Sweet green peas and fragrant fresh tarragon and basil scream spring - though this dish is a year-round classic. Get your fork-and appetite-ready.]

Total Time:
55 min
Prep:
15 min
Inactive:
5 min
Cook:
35 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

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NUTRITION INFO
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 cup whole wheat or other whole grain orzo
  • 1 cup frozen petite peas, thawed and patted dry
  • 2 ounces finely crumbled goat cheese, at room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs, such as basil and tarragon
Directions

Whisk together the yogurt, 2 teaspoons of the oil, garlic, lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a medium bowl until well combined.

Bring a pot of water to a boil and preheat an outdoor or indoor grill to medium heat. Rub the chicken thighs with the remaining 1 teaspoon oil and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Grill until nicely marked and cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes per side. Transfer to a cutting board at let stand for at least 5 minutes.

Add the orzo to the boiling water and cook according to package directions for al dente, stirring in the peas the last minute of cooking. Drain the orzo and peas, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Stir the orzo and peas into the yogurt mixture, along with the goat cheese, 3 tablespoons of the fresh herbs and at least 3/4 cup of the cooking liquid, until well combined. Transfer to a platter.

Thinly slice the chicken and arrange on top of the orzo. Sprinkle with the lemon zest and the remaining 1 tablespoon fresh herbs and serve.

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