Skillet Chicken and Orzo

A shallow serving dish with Skillet Chicken and Orzo garnished with fresh herbs by Compelled to Cook. A cast iron skillet with a serving spoon sits in the background.
Skillet Chicken and Orzo
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    Servings Prep Time
    3-4 people 50 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    25 minutes 2 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    3-4 people 50 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    25 minutes 2 minutes
    A shallow serving dish with Skillet Chicken and Orzo garnished with fresh herbs by Compelled to Cook. A cast iron skillet with a serving spoon sits in the background.
    Skillet Chicken and Orzo
    Print Recipe
      Servings Prep Time
      3-4 people 50 minutes
      Cook Time Passive Time
      25 minutes 2 minutes
      Servings Prep Time
      3-4 people 50 minutes
      Cook Time Passive Time
      25 minutes 2 minutes
      Ingredients
      Servings: people
      Instructions
      1. Preheat oven to 350℉
      2. Heat 1/2 tbsp oil in a cast iron or oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Pat chicken dry with a paper towel. When the oil is hot add chicken thighs and cook about 5-6 minutes per side until skin browned. Remove to a plate.
      3. Using the same skillet, heat the remaining oil until hot over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and allow to cook without stirring until bottoms are golden and moisture is starting to evaporate. Once they have browned give them a stir and continue to cook for 1-2 minutes. Add garlic and shallots and cook for 3-5 minutes until starting to soften, stirring occasionally.
      4. Add wine and allow to reduce for about 3 minutes. Stir in broth, orzo, cream cheese, herbs, salt and pepper. Once the cream cheese is fully incorporated add the chicken back to the pan with the skin side up. Push chicken down into pasta as far as they will go. Cover with a lid or tin foil and bake for 20-25 minutes.
      5. Remove from oven and turn oven to broil. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and broil for 1-2 minutes to melt the cheese. Remove from oven and allow to rest for 2 minutes prior to serving.
      Recipe Notes

      I personally like the garden vegetable cream cheese, however you may also like the garlic cream cheese.

      Slow Cooker Lentil and Ham Soup


      Slow Cooker Lentil and Ham Soup
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        Servings Prep Time
        10 cups 30 minutes
        Cook Time
        7 hours
        Servings Prep Time
        10 cups 30 minutes
        Cook Time
        7 hours
        Slow Cooker Lentil and Ham Soup
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          Servings Prep Time
          10 cups 30 minutes
          Cook Time
          7 hours
          Servings Prep Time
          10 cups 30 minutes
          Cook Time
          7 hours
          Ingredients
          Servings: cups
          Instructions
          1. Rinse and drain lentils. Add lentils along with onion, celery, carrots, cabbage, garlic, parsley, bay leaf, thyme to your slow cooker.
          2. Cut excess ham away from bone and save for later.
          3. Add ham bone and 7 cups of broth to slow cooker. Stir to combine, cover and cook on low for about 7 hours, stirring once or twice.
          4. While soup is cooking, coursely chop or shred ham. Cover and refrigerate until soup is ready.
          5. Remove ham bone and bay leaf from soup. Adjust consistency with the additional cup of broth. Stir in chopped ham and white vinegar. Cover and allow to cook for 5-10 more minutes to warm ham. Add a generous sprinkle of fresh dill and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and more fresh dill.
          Recipe Notes
          • a smoked pork hock will work in place of a meaty ham bone.
          • for a vegetarian/vegan option, use vegetable broth and omit the ham and sour cream.

          Rustic Potato and Sausage Soup

          Rustic Potato and Sausage Soup
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          Servings Prep Time
          8 cups 20 minutes
          Cook Time
          35-40 minutes
          Servings Prep Time
          8 cups 20 minutes
          Cook Time
          35-40 minutes
          Rustic Potato and Sausage Soup
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          Servings Prep Time
          8 cups 20 minutes
          Cook Time
          35-40 minutes
          Servings Prep Time
          8 cups 20 minutes
          Cook Time
          35-40 minutes
          Ingredients
          Servings: cups
          Instructions
          1. Over medium heat add 1 tbsp of olive to a large pot or dutch oven. Add sausage links and cook until golden and no longer pink, turning often about 15 minutes.
          2. Remove cooked sausage to a paper towel-lined dish to absorb any excess fat. To the same pot add remaining 1 tbsp of olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, celery, carrots and garlic, sauté for 4-5 minutes until starting to soften and have sweat off some of their moisture.
          3. Pour in chicken broth and tomatoes crushed with your hands. Add potatoes, bay leaf, oregano, parsley, and both paprikas. Cover and simmer on low for about 10 minutes until potatoes are almost tender. While soup is cooking, chop kale and cooked sausage into bite-size pieces.
          4. Add kale and sausage to the pot and continue to cook partially covered for about 5 minutes until kale is cooked but still has some colour and bite. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately with crusty bread if desired.

          One Pot Turkey Mushroom Pasta

          One Pot Turkey Mushroom Pasta
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            Servings Prep Time
            4 people 20 minutes
            Cook Time
            25 minutes
            Servings Prep Time
            4 people 20 minutes
            Cook Time
            25 minutes
            One Pot Turkey Mushroom Pasta
            Print Recipe
              Servings Prep Time
              4 people 20 minutes
              Cook Time
              25 minutes
              Servings Prep Time
              4 people 20 minutes
              Cook Time
              25 minutes
              Instructions
              1. In a large skillet heat oil over high heat. Add sliced mushrooms and allow to cook until golden on one side and moisture is starting to evaporate. Stir mushrooms and cook for an additional minute. Add chopped onion and garlic. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally until starting to soften, 3-5 minutes.
              2. Add wine and stir to deglaze the pan. Cook for 1-2 minutes until most of the wine has cooked out. Stir in 3 cups of chicken broth, pasta, thyme and parsley. Cover and cook for 10 minutes on low, stirring once.
              3. Whisk cornstarch into remaining 1/4 cup of chicken broth. Stir into pasta and allow to come to a full simmer to reach full thickness. Stir in cream cheese, turkey, peas, salt and pepper. Allow to cook 1-2 minutes to heat turkey and peas. Serve immediately with freshly grated parmesan cheese.

              Lamb Meatballs with Olives and Feta

              Lamb Meatballs with Olives and Feta
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                Servings Prep Time
                3-4 people 30-35 minutes
                Cook Time
                45-50 minutes
                Servings Prep Time
                3-4 people 30-35 minutes
                Cook Time
                45-50 minutes
                Lamb Meatballs with Olives and Feta
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                  Servings Prep Time
                  3-4 people 30-35 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  45-50 minutes
                  Servings Prep Time
                  3-4 people 30-35 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  45-50 minutes
                  Ingredients
                  Meatballs
                  Sauce
                  Servings: people
                  Instructions
                  Meatballs
                  1. Add all ingredients except oil to a large bowl. Gently combine with your hands or a wooden spoon. Roll mixture into 17-18 evenly sized meatballs approximately 1 1/4 ounces each.
                  2. Heat oil in a cast iron or oven safe skillet over medium heat until hot. Arrange meatballs in a single layer and brown on all sides, about 20 minutes. Remove meatballs to a paper towel lined plate and drain all but 1 tbsp of fat from skillet.
                  Sauce
                  1. Preheat oven to 350℉.
                  2. To the skillet add chopped shallot and garlic, sauté for 2-3 minutes over medium heat until soft, stirring often. Pour in white wine to deglaze the pan, stirring to scrape up any browned bits in the pan. Add chicken broth and allow to simmer for about 2 minutes.
                  3. Using your hands, crush tomatoes and add to skillet along with oregano, paprika and pepper. Stir to combine and bring to a simmer. Add meatballs back to pan, stirring to coat with sauce.
                  4. Place in oven uncovered and bake for 20-25 minutes until sauce is reduced, stirring once. Remove from oven and stir to coat with sauce. Sprinkle with feta cheese and olives, return to oven for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and garnish with chopped red onion and fresh oregano if desired and serve immediately on top of rice or with crusty bread.
                  Recipe Notes

                  -dampened hands help to roll meatballs.