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Tomato Basil Chicken over Whole Wheat Orzo, Strawberry-Spinach Salad

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Sundried tomato pesto, red onion, and a yummy sauce make this Tomato Basil Chicken recipe a huge win with the family.  You can serve it over orzo or brown rice and the salad goes nicely to complete the meal.

Tomato Basil Chicken recipe
Tomato Basil Chicken recipe

Tomato Basil Chicken over Whole Wheat Orzo, Strawberry-Spinach Salad

Course: Dinner, Main Dish
Recipe Type: 90/10 Regular
Author: Heidi Boortz
Servings : 4

Ingredients

Tomato Basil Chicken over Whole Wheat Orzo

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup sundried tomato-basil pesto such as Delallo
  • 2 Tbsp bottled minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 red onion diced
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 Tbsp capers optional
  • 4 Tbsp fresh basil chopped
  • 2 cups 100% whole wheat orzo pasta uncooked (you can use quinoa or brown rice)

Strawberry-Spinach Salad

  • 5 oz baby spinach
  • 1 cup strawberries fresh, sliced
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves raw if possible
  • 1/2 cup gorgonzola cheese crumbled
  • 1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar

Raspberry-Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

  • 2 Tbsp raspberry fruit-only preserves
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Instructions

Tomato Basil Chicken

  • Heat oven to 375. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in a medium oven-proof skillet. Add chicken. Cook until browned on all sides, stirring frequently. Remove chicken; set aside. (Don’t worry if chicken isn’t cooked through— it will be cooked again.) Add onions to skillet. Cook 1 minute. Add 1 c. water, pesto, and garlic. Cook 8-10 minutes or until reduced to 1/3 c. Remove from heat. Add butter and whisk until butter is melted. Add milk and stir. Add chicken back to skillet. Add capers, if using. Place skillet in oven for 5-8 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. While chicken is baking, cook orzo according to package directions. Drain. Serve over cooked orzo.

Strawberry-Spinach Salad

  • Add spinach to 4 bowls. Add strawberries and pecans. Drizzle with dressing. Sprinkle with cheese.

Raspberry-Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

  • Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.
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