The world has gone mad with internet coupons! You can buy dinner, get pet care and have unwanted hair removed for the price of a Subway sandwich. It’s true. Ask your friends to go to dinner and at least one says, “I don’t have a Groupon for that, sorry.” Crazy, I tell you! Let me get this straight, I’m not knocking the Groupon, Living Social, Deal-of -the-Day, Buy-this-or-Die websites…I want to be part of this action. And here is my wonderful offer, make this recipe and you get a great meal! I am not kidding you. I don’t kid about things so serious.
So I bet you’re asking, “How do I cash in on this amazing deal?” Here it is…(wait for it)…make this recipe. Simple, right? You then ask, “What do I need to make this recipe to cash on this deal?” First of all, you are full of questions; I like that but sometimes that can get on one’s nerves. But to answer your question, here is the list of things you need:
Lemon Dill Chicken with Leek served with Goat Cheese Orzo
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 lemons, one sliced and one halved
1 large leek, cleaned and sliced
Fresh dill sprigs
2 cups orzo
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup goat cheese
1/4 cup chives, chopped
Salt & Pepper
You might be thinking, “Wow, that’s not a lot of ingredients. Plus, he’s using aluminum foil…we are not working with state-of-the-art cooking here.” Now that you said that out loud, I will tell you, we are not using state-of-the-art-Alton-Brown cooking. We are using a method that cooks have used since 1913 when tin foil was used to cover food (thanks Google!). I tell you something, it works and it does a darn good job (thank you Dr. Lauber and J.G. Neher & Sons)! So let’s get this chicken wrapped up.
Pre-heat your oven to 375º. Tear two pieces of aluminum foil, large enough to wrap the chicken and leave extra room. On one piece of the foil, add half the sliced leek. Sprinkle with salt & pepper and drizzle with a little olive oil. Salt & pepper each side of the chicken breast and place it on the bed of leeks.
Add 2-3 pieces of fresh dill to the chicken (if you use dried dill, sprinkle with a 1/4 teaspoon). Place three lemon slices on top and fish with a small sprig of dill. Squeeze one lemon half over the top (for extra lemon flavor, add the zest of the lemon). Fold the sides together and crimp the ends to form a loose fitting pouch. Repeat the process for the second piece of chicken.
Place in the pre-heated oven for approx. 25-30 minutes (depends if you picked up huge, mutant big chicken breasts) or 165º.
During the last 10 minutes of cooking (you timed the chicken right?), bring to boil 3 quarts of water and cook the orzo according to package directions (usually 4-6 minutes). When done, drain the pasta and place back in the sauce pan. Over low heat add the butter, goat cheese and sprinkle with sat & pepper. Once combined, add chives and stir.
Your chicken should be done by now.
I served it by placing the a couple of scoops of orzo on the plate, place the chicken on top and then pour the remaining juices and leek from the packet on the chicken.
How easy is that?! I’d say pretty darn easy. Almost as easy as buying a coupon for a meal that is just as good. So you gonna buy this amazing deal? We have given you everything to do it. Hey, since you are such a good reader, I’ll make the deal even sweeter…(wait for it)…try it with a nice, firm piece of fish. Yep! It is just that versatile! May I suggest, however, if you use fish, reduce the cooking time to 10-15 minutes (depending on the thickness) or until fish flakes easily. There is have it folks, the dill of the day! You may redeem this deal at anytime. 😉