You will need:
- 1 lb boneless chicken breast from your local farmer
- 1 cup Rice (I like to use white Basmati rice for rice pilaf–I find brown rice takes a very long time to absorb broths)
- 1/2 cup Orzo pasta
- 1 cup Chopped fresh or frozen broccoli cuts (even better if you’ve grown it yourself in your garden)
- 2 cups Chicken broth( or 2 tbsp powdered chicken broth added to 1 cups water)
- 1/4 cup Flour
- 1 tbsp Finely chopped parsley
- 1/2 tsp Ground rosemary
- 1/2 tsp Garlic powder
- Freshly ground pepper to taste
- Salt to taste
- 2-4 tbsp Butter
Step 1: Dice the breast meat of the sustainably raised chicken into very small pieces, about 1/4 to 1/2 inch in size. Place the diced meat into a medium-sized mixing bowl, cover with the flour, rosemary, garlic powder, salt and pepper, and toss until all the pieces of meat are evenly coated.
Step 2: Saute the orzo pasta in about a tablespoon or so of butter over medium heat. Stir frequently.
Step 3: While the pasta is frying set 2 cups of broth or water in a medium-sized kettle on the stove to boil. If using water add the broth powder now.
Step 4: When the broth comes to a boil add the 1-cup of rice and reduce the temperature to a low simmer.
Step 5: Once the orzo has browned to a golden color add the pasta to the rice and cook them together.
Step 6: Using the same skillet, again at medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter then add the flour and herb coated diced chicken. Saute until the meat is cooked through and golden brown in color.
Step 7: While the chicken is cooking send mental thanks to your local farmer for raising meat you can eat without feeling guilty. And in a small kettle boil or steam the broccoli until tender. Finely chop the parsley. Be sure to check the rice pilaf–you may need to add a little more water or broth to make sure all of the rice is cooked through. Remove from heat when done.
Step 8: Drain the broccoli completely once it’s cooked.
Step 9: Add the rice pilaf, broccoli, and parsley to the cooked chicken in the skillet, combine well.
Step 10: Serve and enjoy!