Renee's Kitchen Adventures: Grilled Greek Chicken Thighs w/Lemon Parmesan Orzo

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Grilled Greek Chicken Thighs w/Lemon Parmesan Orzo

This is a sponsored post.  I received free product and compensation in exchange for recipe development using Perdue Perfect Portions® Chicken Thigh Filets.  The recipes, recipe photos, and all opinions are 100% mine.

Grilled Greek Chicken Thighs w/Lemon Parmesan Orzo:  Dinner Done Easy.  Company worthy meal in about 30 minutes! #perfectportions #chicken

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I'll be honest, there was time when I would not touch dark meat chicken.  But today's chicken thighs are not the game-y, chewy meat of yesterday.  They are moist, delicious and much leaner than they used to be.  I even prefer them over chicken breasts in certain recipes because they can stand up to longer cooking times and higher temperatures yet retain all their juicy goodness!

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Grilled Greek Chicken Thighs w/Lemon Parmesan Orzo:  Dinner Done Easy.  Company worthy meal in about 30 minutes! #perfectportions #chicken

We LOVED this chicken dish!  It's the perfect dish to make when you don't want to heat up your kitchen.  The chicken can be grilled outdoors or stove-top indoors. (I grilled mine outdoors!)   The chicken is first seasoned with a store-bought Greek Seasoning blend.  (If you can't find one that is already prepared, this recipe on Allrecipes is a great alternative.) The topping on the chicken is a sort of a fresh "Greek salsa" made with cucumber, peppers, olives tomatoes, garlic, lemon juice, feta, oregano and chopped fresh parsley.  It's served with orzo pasta that has been cooked to al dente then dressed with extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, Parmesan, and salt and pepper. You can enjoy this entire meal for around 500 calories!  Wow.

Grilled Greek Chicken Thighs w/Lemon Parmesan Orzo:  Dinner Done Easy.  Company worthy meal in about 30 minutes! #perfectportions #chicken

Trust me when I say, this dish is "company worthy" but only you will know how little it took to pull it all together.  It's DINNER DONE EASY thanks to Perdue Perfect Portions®!

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Grilled Greek Chicken Thighs w/Lemon Parmesan Orzo

Renee's Kitchen Adventures
Grilled Greek Chicken Thighs w/Lemon Parmesan Orzo
Easy, Quick and elegant chicken dish made with Perdue Perfect Portions® boneless, skinless, chicken thigh filets.

Ingredients

  • For Chicken Thighs:
  • 1- (2 lb.) package of Perdue Perfect Portions® Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thigh Filets
  • 1-2 tsp. Greek Seasoning ( I used Jane's Krazy All Purpose Mixed-Up Greek Seasoning)
  • For "Greek Salsa":
  • 3/4 cup chopped English cucumber
  • 1/2 cup chopped red, orange, or yellow bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup halved grape tomatoes
  • 2 TBS. sliced olives (green, black, or kalamata)
  • 1/4 cup fresh, chopped parsley
  • juice of 1/2 fresh lemon
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 2 TBS crumbled feta cheese
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • For Orzo Pasta:
  • 8 oz. dry orzo pasta
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 TBS. Extra Virgin Olive oil
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • salt and black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Remove chicken from wrap. Season with Greek Seasoning. (if using Greek Seasoning recipe found on Allrecipes, also season with salt and pepper.) Set aside.
  2. Combine all ingredients for "Greek salsa" in small bowl. Set aside to let flavors meld.
  3. Heat grill to med-high heat. Grill chicken 3-4 minutes per side or until done and internal temperature reads 170 degrees F. Place on platter, loosely covered with foil.
  4. Cook orzo pasta according to al dente according to package directions. Drain and mix in Parmesan cheese, extra virgin olive oil, juice of 1/2 a lemon and salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Serve the chicken on top of the pasta and top each serving with 1/4 of the "Greek salsa"
  6. Enjoy!
Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 15 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 15 mins.
Total time: 30 mins.
Tags: Perdue, PerfectPortions, chicken, thighs, orzo, lemon, feta, cucumber, Greek

An original recipe developed for Perdue® by Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Servings - 4   Serving Size - 1/4 of recipe   Points Plus per Serving - 12 Points+
Calories - 467,   Total Fat - 15.1g,   Carb. - 47.3g,   Protein - 38.9g,   Fiber - 2.7g

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22 comments:

  1. Renee, your recipe looks awesome and so pretty! We have been using chicken thighs more often lately also. I like that they are not as dry as breast and have great flavor. I love that these pouches are individually wrapped and in serving portions. That is so important for these times when people tend to overeat because they don't know their portions! Great post and great recipe!

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    1. thanks Shelby! Yes, I agree, to have it all portioned out is a wonderful convenience.

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  2. Two beautiful recipes in one package. I love that this is colorful and packed with flavor.

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    1. Thank you Patty! It is so colorful, isn't it?

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  3. Wow, you've done your sponsor proud. Beautiful dish and I love the textures and colors! Congrats on this one!

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    1. Thank you Kc! I think you could turn this one into a chopped! lol

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  4. I LOVE those individually packaged chicken breasts and thighs! Since my schedule is nutso, they're so awesome for individual portions for me, the peanut or Josh. Your dish is gorgeous too. Happy (almost) 4th

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    1. Me too Erica! I love that if they are frozen, you can easily defrost them in half the time it takes to defrost regularly packaged chicken! Happy (almost) 4th to you as well!!

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  5. I agree, I love the individual packages, they defrost quickly, it really helps to eliminate waste. It is so easy just to pull another pack out if you end up having more people show up for dinner. Your recipe looks delicious! Thanks!

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    1. I agree!! Use what you need! Thanks for stopping by Baking Nana!

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  6. This sounds delicious! I may choose a Greek theme for my next supper with this as the main dish.

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    1. thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoy this recipe for your next themed supper. What a great idea!

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  7. Gorgeous and so nicely done! We will be trying this recipe; great job here!!

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  8. Grilled Greek Chicken Thighs with Lemon Parmesan Orzo---can you say I am in love? This recipe seems so direct and easy to follow. I love the combination of Lemon and Parmesan! I have a ton of chicken thighs I purchased and am so happy I found this!

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    1. It seems like it has a lot of components, but it comes together quickly. Thanks Heidy!

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  9. So many of my faves all in one dish! Love it!!!

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  10. Lovely dish Renee! Made my mouth water!

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  11. This recipe looks absolutely amazing! I just love that salsa!!

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  12. Yummy! This dish looks delish! Thanks so much for sharing on Wined Down Wednesday!
    Cathy

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  13. It looks like a great meal! I like that Greek salsa :)

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  14. Sounds delicious! I need to try more dark meat chicken, I really like all the veggies in the mix. Great idea for a summer meal.

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