Grilled Chicken with Cherry Tomatoes and Olives over Orzo Pasta

I’ve got several meals on standby that I cook when I have company. This one is always a big hit with guests. The bonus is that my kids love it, too! It’s healthy, delicious, and easy to make. It also covers three of the five food groups, making it a great all-in-one meal. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 lb. orzo pasta

1 to 1.5 lbs. chicken breast fillets

1 pint cherry tomatoes

1 can medium-sized black olives

1 cup onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

salt and pepper to taste

olive oil

balsamic vinegar

 

Directions:

  1. Marinate chicken in ¼ cup olive oil, 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar, 1 clove of the chopped garlic, and salt and pepper to taste for at least one hour in the refrigerator.
  2. Cook the orzo according to package directions in a large pot of salted water, and grill chicken until cooked through.1 Chicken and Orzo
  3. Cut the chicken into strips.
  4. Meanwhile, heat ¼ cup olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and remaining garlic and sauté for 3 minutes or until softened.2 Chicken and Orzo
  5. Add the tomatoes and sauté for 5 minutes, pressing down on them with a spatula to release their juices.3 Chicken and Orzo
  6. Add olives, salt, and pepper. Add a bit more olive oil if you prefer to the pasta to be more “saucy.” Cook for 1 minute to heat through.4 Chicken and Orzo
  7. Toss orzo with the tomato and olive mixture and spoon it onto a platter. Arrange chicken on top and serve.5 Chicken and Orzo
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Jennifer Marino Walters is a freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in All You, Fit Pregnancy, Parenting, and several other magazines and websites. She’s the mom of adorable twin boys and the wife of a U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel. Though she and her family recently moved from the mountains of Colorado to the beaches of Southern California, Jennifer—a New York City native—is a city girl at heart. She writes about her adventures raising twins while navigating the military lifestyle on her blog, www.doubledutytwins.com

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