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Crunchy Baked Chicken with Orzo in White Wine Sauce

I love easy meals that look and taste like a million bucks. I can make this meal in thirty minutes or less, it tastes great, and it is nice enough for weeknight guests. Bonus!

Crunchy Baked Chicken with Orzo

During the week I refuse to fry, so when I want something super crunchy I turn to my oven and panko bread crumbs. The Japanese deserve an award for creating these super-versatile crumbs.  Not only do they add terrific crunch, they brown beautifully and make the food look very appealing.

Crunchy Baked Chicken with Orzo

This meal is not fancy, but it takes the stress out of weeknight meals.  I can tell you this has saved me from the dreaded pizza delivery man many times.  The chicken is versatile and can be turned into chicken sandwiches, or cut smaller and made into nuggets.  You can even freeze the chicken after breading, but before baking.  Just bake for an additional ten minutes or so.  Serve this with a salad, or some steamed veggies, and you will have a super easy supper!  

Crunchy Baked Chicken with Orzo in White Wine Sauce      Serves 4

For the chicken:
4 chicken breasts
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Fresh ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs
3 teaspoons hot sauce
2 tablespoons water
1 cup panko bread crumbs
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons smoked paprika

For the orzo:
1 1/3 cups orzo pasta
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup finely diced yellow onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup white wine
2 tablespoons heavy cream

Heat your oven to 375 F. Line a sheet pan with foil and spray with non-stick spray. Also begin heating a large pot of salted water for the pasta.

Crunchy Baked Chicken with Orzo

Prepare your breading by combining until well mixed the flour, salt and mustard powder in a shallow dish, the eggs, water and hot sauce in a second dish, and the panko and paprika in a third dish.

Crunchy Baked Chicken with Orzo 

Pat the chicken dry then dredge in the flour, making sure to tap off any excess. Second, dip in the egg, letting the excess run off. Third, dredge in the panko and coat well. Move the breaded chicken to the prepared baking sheet.

Crunchy Baked Chicken with Orzo 

Bake the chicken for 20 to 30 minutes, until the internal temperature in the thickest part of the breast is 160 F.

While the chicken bakes prepare the orzo.

Crunchy Baked Chicken with Orzo 

Cook the orzo according to the package directions.

Crunchy Baked Chicken with Orzo  

While the orzo cooks begin the sauce.  In a small saute pan melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until soft, about three minutes. Add the garlic and cook for thirty seconds, or until fragrant.

Crunchy Baked Chicken with OrzoCrunchy Baked Chicken with Orzo 

Add the wine and increase the heat to medium-high. Allow to reduce by 2/3, about ten minutes. Once reduced add the cream then toss in the orzo.

Crunchy Baked Chicken with Orzo  

Serve the chicken with the orzo and enjoy!

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14 Responses to “Crunchy Baked Chicken with Orzo in White Wine Sauce”

  1. Elle says:

    Love this! I’m all for delicious and quick to get to the table. The orzo looks fantastic!

  2. Good call on the mustard powder!

  3. Katy says:

    I must use more orzo. I always forget about it. This looks great.

  4. Danielle says:

    I love orzo and I am always looking for new ways to use it!
    Great idea!

  5. teresa says:

    this is just lovely, and looks so good!

  6. So easy and simple. Wonderful for a weeknight. You could even add some sun dried tomatoes and fresh rosemary with that orzo for a variation. Hmmm… I might just try that. :)

  7. Megan says:

    This looks great! I’m definitely going to try it out for dinner one night soon. I love panko and orzo!

  8. Yum!! I love white wine sauce. I’m sure this tastes fantastic. Aside from looking so delicious!!

  9. I love baked chicken with panko… so perfect. The orzo sounds wonderful, too! I’m saving this recipe.

  10. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    That chicken looks so great! I love the texture that panko gives chicken:)

  11. Ooooh, looks good. Panko is a great choice for light crunchiness. Like your step-by-step photos. Thanks for joining our Virtual Supper Club! You can join our table any day.

  12. Shelby says:

    Looks delish! I made orzo for the first time ever just a few weeks ago!

  13. Jamie says:

    I saw your comment on CL Test Kitchen Secrets blog and had to check out the recipe. I’m in the monthly CL Virtual Supper Club. Thanks for adding your recipe. Looks wonderful. I just made chicken very similar to this. I love the orzo. This recipe will definitely be making an appearance at my table.

  14. Jackie says:

    Hi

    I was wondering what brand of ORZO is that. I have never seen a multicolor orzo.

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