Thursday, July 30, 2015

Greek Pasta Salad with Chicken

It's summertime which is a wonderful time of year.  But it's hot... super hot.... I'm melting into the concrete with my camera equipment hot.  When I finally get a chance to eat something, I don't want anything hot.  So I began looking for alternatives.  This recipe does utilize an oven however you can certainly grill outside or cook the chicken in a slow cooker.
I also prepared the orzo and chicken the night before.  It then became really easy to put together the salads the next day. Plus enjoying a cold meal on a 93 degrees day is really nice.


 Greek Pasta Salad with Chicken

·      1 Large Chicken Breast
·      3/4 Cup Orzo Pasta
·      2 Cups Salad Greens
·      3 Tbsp. Olive Oil
·      1 Tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar
·      1 Small Tomato diced
·      1/4 Cucumber diced
·      1/4 Cup Feta Cheese
·      1 Tbsp. Oregano
·      1 tsp. salt
·      1/4 tsp. pepper

Sprinkle oregano, salt, and pepper over chicken and drizzle just a little olive oil on them. Saute or Bake chicken breasts until they are just cooked. I baked mine, it was just easier at the time.

Prepare orzo according to package instructions.  After it's cooked, add a Tbsp. of Olive oil and set aside to cool.  Allow both chicken and orzo to cool completely before putting together salads.

Chop tomato and cucumber.  Add feta cheese to it and set aside.

Prepare your bowls. Add a cup of salad greens and half of the orzo to each bowl.  Top with the veggies and cheese.  Slice and diced chicken breast. Add equal parts to each bowl.

Whisk together remaining oil and vinegar with a pinch of salt, pepper, and oregano. Drizzle over each bowl and toss to combine.

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