Garlic-Caper Chicken with Creamy Calabrian Zucchini & Orzo

Garlic-Caper Chicken

with Creamy Calabrian Zucchini & Orzo

35 MIN
2 Servings
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    In this Italian-style dish, a duo of aromatic garlic and briny capers—cooked briefly together to bring out their flavors—creates a simple, irresistible topping for our oregano-seasoned chicken. It all comes together over a bed of creamy orzo mixed with zucchini, which we’re cooking with a bit of Calabrian chile paste for a pleasant kick of heat.
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    Garlic-Caper Chicken with Creamy Calabrian Zucchini & Orzo
    Title
    • 2 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
    • 4 oz Orzo Pasta
    • 1 Zucchini
    • 1 Lemon
    • 2 cloves Garlic
    • ¼ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
    • 1½ tsps Calabrian Chile Paste
    • 1 Tbsp Capers
    • ¼ cup Cream
    • 1 Tbsp Italian Seasoning (Whole Dried Basil, Sage, Oregano, Savory, Rosemary, Thyme & Marjoram)
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    tips & techniques
    Prepare the ingredients
    1 Prepare the ingredients

    Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Halve the zucchini lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Roughly chop the capers. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Quarter and deseed the lemon.

    Cook the pasta
    2 Cook the pasta

    Add the pasta to the pot of boiling water and cook, uncovered, 7 to 9 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot. Cover to keep warm.

    Cook the zucchini
    3 Cook the zucchini

    Meanwhile, in a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sliced zucchini in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add as much of the chile paste as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until thoroughly combined and the zucchini is softened. Transfer to a plate; cover with foil to keep warm. Rinse and wipe out the pan.

    Cook the chicken
    4 Cook the chicken

    Pat the chicken dry with paper towels; season on both sides with salt, pepper, and enough of the Italian seasoning to coat (you may have extra). In the same pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned chicken. Cook 6 to 7 minutes per side, or until browned and cooked through.* Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a cutting board.

    *The USDA recommends a minimum safe cooking temperature of 165°F for chicken.

    Make the garlic-caper topping
    5 Make the garlic-caper topping

    In the pan of reserved fond, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the chopped capers and chopped garlic. Cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until slightly softened. Turn off the heat and stir in the juice of 2 lemon wedges.

    Finish the pasta & serve your dish
    6 Finish the pasta & serve your dish

    To the pot of cooked pasta, add the cooked zucchini, cream, and the juice of the remaining lemon wedges. Stir to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Slice the cooked chicken crosswise. Serve the finished pasta topped with the sliced chicken and garlic-caper topping. Garnish with the cheese. Enjoy!

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    Prepare the ingredients
    1 Prepare the ingredients

    Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Halve the zucchini lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Roughly chop the capers. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Quarter and deseed the lemon.

    2 Cook the pasta

    Add the pasta to the pot of boiling water and cook, uncovered, 7 to 9 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot. Cover to keep warm.

    Cook the pasta
    Cook the zucchini
    3 Cook the zucchini

    Meanwhile, in a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sliced zucchini in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add as much of the chile paste as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until thoroughly combined and the zucchini is softened. Transfer to a plate; cover with foil to keep warm. Rinse and wipe out the pan.

    4 Cook the chicken

    Pat the chicken dry with paper towels; season on both sides with salt, pepper, and enough of the Italian seasoning to coat (you may have extra). In the same pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned chicken. Cook 6 to 7 minutes per side, or until browned and cooked through.* Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a cutting board.

    *The USDA recommends a minimum safe cooking temperature of 165°F for chicken.

    Cook the chicken
    Make the garlic-caper topping
    5 Make the garlic-caper topping

    In the pan of reserved fond, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the chopped capers and chopped garlic. Cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until slightly softened. Turn off the heat and stir in the juice of 2 lemon wedges.

    6 Finish the pasta & serve your dish

    To the pot of cooked pasta, add the cooked zucchini, cream, and the juice of the remaining lemon wedges. Stir to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Slice the cooked chicken crosswise. Serve the finished pasta topped with the sliced chicken and garlic-caper topping. Garnish with the cheese. Enjoy!

    Finish the pasta & serve your dish
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