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.

      Mushroom Gruyere Tart

      A baked Mushroom Gruyere Tart from Compelled to Cook is cut into wedges on a cutting board that is draped with a striped towel and scattered with mushrooms.
      Mushroom Gruyere Tart
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        Servings Prep Time
        8 appetizer wedges 40 minutes
        Cook Time Passive Time
        25 minutes 2-3 minutes
        Servings Prep Time
        8 appetizer wedges 40 minutes
        Cook Time Passive Time
        25 minutes 2-3 minutes
        A baked Mushroom Gruyere Tart from Compelled to Cook is cut into wedges on a cutting board that is draped with a striped towel and scattered with mushrooms.
        Mushroom Gruyere Tart
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          Servings Prep Time
          8 appetizer wedges 40 minutes
          Cook Time Passive Time
          25 minutes 2-3 minutes
          Servings Prep Time
          8 appetizer wedges 40 minutes
          Cook Time Passive Time
          25 minutes 2-3 minutes
          Ingredients
          Servings: appetizer wedges
          Instructions
          1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. If using bacon, add to skillet and cook until crisp and fat has rendered. Scoop out the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate. Remove all but a tablespoon of fat.
          2. If not using bacon, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
          3. Add shallot and garlic and sauté, stirring often until starting to soften about 3 minutes. Add mushrooms and continue to cook until most of the moisture has cooked out about 8-10 minutes.
          4. Add wine, thyme, salt and pepper and cook until wine has cooked out about 3 minutes.
          5. Stir in cream cheese, 1/2 cup of gruyere and bacon (if using).
          6. Preheat oven to 425℉ and lightly spray a 4 3/4"- 5 3/4" x 14" tart pan with removable bottom. Fit puff pastry into tart pan and trim the top so it is level with the pan. You will need to cut the puff pastry sheet in two pieces to make it fit.
          7. Spread filling evenly into pastry shell and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup of grated gruyere. Bake for about 25 minutes until golden and filling is bubbly.
          8. Allow tart to rest for a couple of minutes prior to removing the outer pan. Cut into wedges, garnish with fresh thyme and serve immediately.
          Recipe Notes

          The tart can be assembled up to a day in advance and kept covered and chilled until ready to bake.

          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
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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
              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.

              Cedar Plank Potatoes


              Cedar Plank Potatoes
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                Servings Prep Time
                6-8 people 20 minutes
                Cook Time
                45 minutes
                Servings Prep Time
                6-8 people 20 minutes
                Cook Time
                45 minutes
                Cedar Plank Potatoes
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                  Servings Prep Time
                  6-8 people 20 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  45 minutes
                  Servings Prep Time
                  6-8 people 20 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  45 minutes
                  Ingredients
                  Servings: people
                  Instructions
                  1. Peel potatoes and cut into 2" chunks. Simmer potatoes in lightly salted water until very tender 15-20 minutes. Drain potatoes and return pot to low heat. Mash potatoes over low heat, allowing the potatoes to give off any excess moisture. Once potatoes are smooth, remove from heat and add butter, cream cheese, roasted garlic, salt and pepper. Continue to mash until combined and creamy. Stir in fresh herbs.
                  2. Preheat grill to medium high or 450℉. Scoop potatoes onto pre-soaked cedar planks using a 1/4 cup scoop, leaving at least an inch between scoops (can fit 6-8 per plank). Place planks on grill and cook for 15-18 minutes until hot and golden. Remove planks from grill and use to serve potatoes or gently place potatoes onto serving dish and garnish with additional fresh herbs if desired.
                  Recipe Notes

                  Potatoes can be cooked, mashed, scooped and chilled up to two days in advance. Simply remove from refrigerator and place on pre-soaked planks when ready to grill. Makes 12 1/4 cup scoops.

                  To roast garlic, preheat oven to 350℉.  Cut the top off the head of garlic and place on a double layer sheet of foil.  Drizzle with oil and fold foil over bulb, crimping all edges to seal packet.  Place on a baking tray and bake for about 45 minutes until golden and soft. Alternatively, you can make roasted garlic on the grill, here's how Grill Roasted Garlic

                  Smoked Salmon Spread

                  Smoked Salmon Spread
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                  A dreamy combination of smoked salmon, cream cheese, capers and dill.
                    Servings Prep Time
                    1 cup 20 minutes
                    Servings Prep Time
                    1 cup 20 minutes
                    Smoked Salmon Spread
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                    A dreamy combination of smoked salmon, cream cheese, capers and dill.
                      Servings Prep Time
                      1 cup 20 minutes
                      Servings Prep Time
                      1 cup 20 minutes
                      Ingredients
                      Servings: cup
                      Instructions
                      1. In a medium size bowl soften and smooth out cream cheese with a rubber spatula. Add sour cream and lemon juice, stir to combine.
                      2. Finely chop red onion and stir into cream cheese mixture. Coarsely chop smoked salmon, capers and dill and stir into cream cheese mixture. Season with pepper and serve with baguette slices, cucumber slices or crackers.
                      Recipe Notes

                      Recipe Source: Compelled To Cook