foodie fridays: orzo stir-fry with garlic soy marinated chicken thighs
Some of you may be questioning me right this second.
Some of you may feel a little perplexed and slightly baffled with a side of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, “I don’t think so.”
Wait. Whatever happened to the original Buffy? I’m not talking about Sarah Michelle Gellar style, I’m talking Kristy Swanson, how funky-is-your-chicken-does-Elvis-talk-to-you-Luke-Perry-David Arquette-Hillary Swank-cameo Buffy. I was slightly obsessed with that movie. Probably because I wished I looked that good in neon tights and a sports bra while killing vampires.
Anyways, where was I? Oh, yes. You’re probably wondering, how does one eat stir-fry sans rice?
This is where I fill you in about how rice and I don’t get along. It’s not for a lack of trying. I’ve attempted the 2 to 1 water to rice ratio. Boiled. Strained. Buttered. Fluffed. And still, every time I attempt to make rice, it looks like a giant white poo-poo platter. Major gross-town.
I realize this is where you tell me, “Lauren, fo’ realizees. Just buy a rice maker.” Trust me. I have gone over and over in my mind contemplating buying a rice maker. But for some reason, I just can’t do it. I am so the type of person, if I can’t do it myself, why bother. So until I can perfect making rice from scratch, I will continue to be sans rice, unless Mr. B whips up a batch.
Which brings me to the point of today’s post! If you too don’t want to labor with rice, or if rice constantly gives you the middle finger, why not try orzo instead? I’m telling you the consistency and texture blends beautifully with all the veggies. And with this marinade from one of my favorite food bloggers, Liz, you totally say rice, schma-ice. Or something like that. Just make sure you add garlic to keep the vamps away.
Orzo Stir-Fry with Garlic Soy Marinated Chicken Thighs
for the garlic soy marinade:
**recipe from The Lemon Bowl
1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
1 1/2 cups orzo
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 large carrots, peeled, chopped
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 green bell pepper, sliced
1/2 cup snow peas
1 yellow onion, sliced
1 cup mushrooms
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
1/4 cup chicken stock
salt and pepper
green scallions, sliced, garnish
for the garlic soy marinade:
**recipe from The Lemon Bowl
Place chicken and marinade in a plastic container. You will want to marinate the chicken for at least an hour or overnight for more flavor.
Bring a pot of water to a boil, add the orzo. Cook according to package instructions or until al dente. Strain and set aside. Meanwhile, preheat a skillet to medium-high heat. Add a tablespoon of olive and start sauteing chicken. The first side takes about 7 minutes and then flip. The other side will take about 4 minutes. Remove chicken from skillet and set aside on cutting board. Let it cool slightly and then thinly slice the chicken.
In the same skillet, add another tablespoon of olive oil and all the veggies with a little salt and pepper. Cook veggies until softened about 8 minutes. You will want to deglaze the pan with chicken stock to pick up any flavor left over from the chicken. Remove pan from heat and set aside. In a large bowl add orzo and veggies, toss to combine. Add chicken slices on top. Serve in big ol' bowls!
garlic soy marinade is from Liz of The Lemon BowlAll images and text ©
Lauren, these bowls are awesome!! I love homemade take-out and asian is a favorite around here! Hope this is dinner very soon!
Asian take-out is the best! Thanks, Tieghan! Have a great weekend! And stay dry!
I want 50 bowls of this right now!! Thanks for the shout out – so glad you like that marinade!!!!
I’ll send some right over! And thanks again for the marinade recipe, it’s a new fav fo’ sure!
I secretly LOVE that crappy movie, and how many celebrities were in that was kind of insane. Hottest Luke Perry of the 90’s, even with the bad flavor savor facial hair in the beginning.
But anyway, orzo, stir fry, so delicious.
Thank you!! I was beginning to think I was the only one! And agreed, Luke Perry was major hot in this movie! Have a great weekend, Jackie!
Amazing bowls! I’m totally into the orzo substitution, and can’t wait to make this marinade!
You will love it Kelli! Have a fun weekend!!
Lauren, don’t buy a rice maker. Granted, rice and I get along when I make it on the stove top but don’t do it! My mom gave me hers and I was all like, yes this is going to be awesome and make the perfect rice. Didn’t happen like all my rice maker dreams!! It was burnt on the bottom and sadness ensued. So now that I said that, I’m sending you tons of good rice making vibes because you will totally rock at it! 🙂
Also. I love these bowls. They need to happen in my kitchen ASAP. And I’m doing the orzo way. Because that idea totally rocks my socks.
Emily, your comment just made my day! Keep sending those good rice making vibes and hopefully one day it will click! Have a great weekend!!
Totally mouthwatering recipe, Lauren! This is SO my kind of meal. All in one pan, no fuss. Brilliant!
Thanks, Georgia! It’s definitely a new fav in our household! Have a great weekend!
Rice and I are truly not bff either. And I continue to make it and eat it anyway. Glutton for punishment, right here.
But stir fries, I love.
Gurrrl, I hear ya! Why does rice have to be such a pain in the tookus? Sigh. I hope you have a fab weekend!
I love making my own take-out at home, so much better!
Me too! Thanks, Steph! I hope you are having a fun weekend!
Perfect, perfect dinner for me!
Gotta love simple meals full of flavor! This one is a keep for sure. Thanks, Cathy!
I have to try this marinade. And the orzo stir-fry – total genius. I love this!
Gurrrrl, you totally need to get down of this marinade! Life changing!
This is so totally delicious sounding! Love that you used chicken thighs in it and that garlic soy marinade sounds awesome.
It’s life changing! I’ve used the marinade on fish too, so delish!
I’m sorry but I don’t understand what ingredients I put together to make the marinade. Little help please?
Hi Angela! Sorry for the confusion. The recipe for the marinade is on The Lemon Bowl blog. I used her exact recipe, so per copyright, I didn’t write the recipe on my blog. Here is the link to the marinade: http://thelemonbowl.com/2012/07/garlic-soy-marinated-grilled-flank-steak.html Let me know if you have any other questions! xoxo
Not sure if you’ve been able to make rice yet, but I was in the same boat as you. Rice was my enemy. UNTIL I discovered parboiled rice. It’s the only rice I can make! Rinse out your rice quantity (any quantity, no specific ratio needed – which makes this the easiest thing on earth), put it in a pan and add water until you can dip your index finger and the water measures up to your first knuckle (legit measurement – that’s how everything is measured in the Middle East). Add butter and let boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cover. It’ll be ready when there’s no more water. Good luck!!
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