This past week I actually managed to sit down for a few minutes and watch part of an episode of Everyday Italian on the Cooking Channel. The recipe that caught my eye was for a chicken and orzo frittata. I had no idea if my family would go for, but I decided it would be worth a try. I changed up the recipe a bit (and lightened it up too) and I think it turned out quite well. We all enjoyed it. Yes, you read that correctly. We ALL enjoyed it! :)
It's also a fairly easy recipe to prepare. I used a garlic and herb rotisserie chicken from the deli at the grocery store and that made it even easier! I even managed to get a few side dishes made to go with it. Seems like I can either get the main dish, or the side dish, but getting a whole meal made at once eludes me a lot of the time. I served it with roasted broccoli, roasted potato wedges, and cheesy garlic bread. The only thing I was wishing for was a nice salad to go with it.
On a side note, I realize that the picture to go along with this post is far from great. I'm having...issues. Some of it is camera-based, some is user-based, and some is user-family-based! In other words, my camera is not that great, and seems to be cooperating even less these days. I don't know a ton about photography, although I'm trying to learn. And then there's my family. Sometimes it's just plain hard for me to take the time to get a good picture, especially when the bigger kids are hungry, the baby is fussy, and the hubby is rolling his eyes at me for grabbing the camera before I start serving up supper. Please tell me I'm not the only one that deals with these things!!
Chicken and Orzo Frittata
inspired by Giada De Laurentiis
1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
4 large eggs (or 1 cup egg substitute)
1/3 cup part skim ricotta
1/4 cup light sour cream
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
2 cups cooked chicken, cubed
1/2 cup roasted red peppers, diced
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp Italian herb mix
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
Preheat the oven to 375'F. Spray a 2 qt baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Cook the orzo pasta according to package directions in well salted water. Be careful not to overcook it. Drain and set aside to cool slightly.
In a large bowl, combine the eggs, ricotta, and sour cream until mixed well. Stir in the mozzarella, Parmesan, chicken, red peppers, seasonings and cooled orzo. Pour into the prepared baking dish.
Bake for 30 minutes or until set. Turn on the broiler, and cook until golden on top, 3-5 minutes. Remove from the oven and wait 5 minutes before serving.
Yield: 8 servings