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Lemon Grass Chicken with Herbed Orzo

Lemon Grass Chicken with Herbed Orzo recipe
photo by:kraft
Here's deliciousness at its most fragrant: a simple chicken and orzo dish with fresh basil, chives, garlic and lemon grass.
25 min
35 min
4 servings
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What You Need

cup  KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese, divided
Tbsp.  flour
Tbsp.  chopped fresh basil, divided
Tbsp.  chopped fresh chives, divided
tsp.  ground black pepper, divided
small  boneless skinless chicken breasts (1 lb.)
Tbsp.  olive oil
Tbsp.  finely chopped lemon grass
clove  garlic, minced
cups  fat-free reduced-sodium chicken broth
cup  orzo pasta, uncooked

Make It

MIX 2 Tbsp. cheese, flour, 1 Tbsp. each basil and chives, and 1/8 tsp. pepper in pie plate. Moisten chicken with water, then dip in cheese mixture, turning to evenly coat both sides of each breast.

HEAT oil in large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 3 min. on each side or until done (165ºF). Transfer to plate; cover to keep warm.

ADD lemon grass and garlic to skillet; cook and stir on medium heat 1 min. Add broth, remaining pepper and 1 Tbsp. of the remaining cheese. Bring to boil; stir in orzo. Cover; simmer on medium-low heat 10 min. or until orzo is al dente. Stir orzo. Return chicken to skillet; cook, covered, 2 to 4 min. or until orzo is tender and chicken is heated through. Transfer chicken to plate.

STIR remaining basil and chives into orzo; spoon onto plate with chicken. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

How to Buy Fresh Lemon Grass
Look for stalks that are a lemony-light green color on the lower stalk (near the bulb) and fragrant. Avoid purchasing stalks that are loose and coming apart or stalks that are crusty, browned at the tips, lack fragrance or are soft and rubbery.
How to Prepare Fresh Lemon Grass
Cut off and discard the bulb and tough outer leaves. The main stalk (yellow section) is what is typically used in recipes. Use a sharp knife to chop the lemon grass. Or, process in a food processor until finely chopped. Note: The upper green portion can be used in recipes where the lemon grass is cooked for at least 5 min.
How to Chop Fresh Leafy Herbs
To easily chop fresh leafy herbs, such as cilantro, parsley, basil, mint and sage, pick the leaves from the stems and place on a cutting board. Using a chef's knife and holding the tip end down, cut back and forth across the herbs. Be sure that your knife is sharp - a dull knife will bruise the leaves. Use the herbs as soon as possible after chopping.
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