Caprese Chicken and Orzo Skillet

Kay's Clean Eats

Skillet Caprese Chicken and Orzo Skillet is a one-and-done meal. This dish features Caprese salad flavors including, tomatoes, mozzarella, and fresh basil. All served on a hearty bead of orzo and delicious chicken.

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Fresh Mozzarella Pearls

Key Ingredient

– boneless skinless chicken thighs – avocado oil – butter – salt – pepper – oregano – cherry tomatoes, halved – stalks asparagus – garlic cloves, minced – chicken broth – heavy cream – balsamic vinegar – uncooked orzo – fresh mozzarella pearls – fresh basil, shredded – chili flakes, optional


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season & cook the chicken

1. Rub chicken with salt pepper and oregano. In a 12 inch skillet, heat avocado oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook for 4 minutes per side, until browned. Remove from the skillet.

add the butter & saute

2. Add butter,  tomatoes, minced garlic, and asparagus. Sautee for 2-3 minutes.

add the orzo stir & simmer

3. Add the broth, balsamic vinegar, and heavy cream, stir till combined. Stir in the orzo and return to boiling. Place chicken over orzo and reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and let simmer for 15 minutes, or until most of the liquid has been absorbed by the orzo. You want the pasta to be tender and the chicken to be fully cooked (165 F).

add the mozzarella pearls

4. Top the skillet dish with fresh mozzarella pearls, cover, and continue to cook on medium-low for 5 more minutes, until mozzerla is slightly melted. Sprinkle with fresh basil and chili flakes if desired.

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