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Orzo Pasta Salad with Chicken and Leeks
Orzo Pasta Salad with Chicken and Leeks
(Insalata di Orzo Con Pollo e Porri)
 
 
Ingredients:
 
For the Dressing:
2 tbs Dijon mustard
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, pressed
2 tbs white balsamic vinegar

For the Pasta:
1 and 1/2 cups orzo pasta (uncooked)
4 chicken thighs or 2 chicken breasts, with skin and bone
3 leeks, white and light green part, thinly sliced
Fresh herbs (rosemary, oregano, thyme, etc.)
Salt and freshly ground pepper
 
Directions:
 
Prepare the Dressing:
In small bowl, whisk together mustard, some salt, pepper and garlic.

Add the olive oil and whisk.

Slowly add vinegar while whisking.

Prepare the Pasta:
Set the chicken on a foil lined baking sheet.

Sprinkle on fresh herbs.

Drizzle chicken with olive oil and some salt and pepper.

Roast for about 45 minutes at 400F, or until done.

Remove chicken meat from skin and bones.

Chop the chicken meat.

Boil orzo pasta according to the package directions.

Drain.

Toss with chicken.

Saute leeks in a pan heated with olive oil.

Add salt and pepper.

When tender and soft, remove from heat and toss with pasta and chicken.

Pour dressing into pasta and toss. Serves 2-3.
 
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