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Test Kitchen Approved

Lemon Dill Orzo with Paprika-Crusted Chicken

Recipe By Hal Simon, Savory Spice—North Austin, TX customer

Recipe By Hal Simon, Savory Spice—North Austin, TX customer

Recipe Notes

*Use Smoked Spanish Sweet Paprika if you do not want any heat.

Ingredients

4 cups low-sodium chicken broth

5 Tbsp. butter, divided

2 tsp. Kosher Salt


1 lbs. orzo pasta

8 oz. crumbled feta cheese


1 lbs. fresh or frozen baby spinach

Grated zest and juice of 2 large lemons

2 to 2½ pounds boneless chicken thighs

½ cups bread crumbs

1 cups grated Parmesan cheese, divided



Savory Spice ingredients in this recipe

  • Cantanzaro Herbs

    Based on our Italian Herbs blend, this is more of an all-purpose Italian seasoning. Perfect on pasta and in tomato based sauces. Try on vegetables,...

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  • Dill Weed

    Dill weed is native to Western Europe and Russia. Traditionally used in German and Scandinavian cooking, it has become more popular in the States. ...

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  • Coarse Black Malabar Pepper

    Malabar black peppercorns are named for the region from which they are harvested, the Malabar Coast of India. These peppercorns have a bold and wel...

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  • Hungarian Sweet & Spicy Paprika

    Hungarian paprika, known as a Csemege, comes from a sweet red pepper grown in the region of Hungary referred to as Kalocsa. We've created our sweet...

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Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a saucepan, bring broth, 2½ Tbsp. of the butter, salt, and pepper to a boil. Add spinach to boiling broth (if using fresh, add a handful at a time and let wilt before adding more). In a 3-quart baking dish, mix orzo, feta, dill, and lemon juice. Pour broth mixture over orzo and stir to incorporate.

Mix breadcrumbs, lemon zest, 1/2 cup Parmesan, and remaining spices. Coat chicken thighs with remaining 2½ Tbsp. melted butter and roll chicken thighs in the breadcrumb mixture. Lay pieces evenly on top of the orzo mixture in the the baking dish.

Bake until orzo is tender and cooking liquid is creamy, 35 to 40 min. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan on top and bake 10 min. longer or until the top is golden brown. Remove from oven and let stand for 5 to 10 min. before serving.