Chicken And Mushroom Imperial Recipe

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Chicken and Mushroom Imperial

CAROL GORNTO

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@labrescue

I started out with the intention of making Mushroom Gnocchi, but found that the package of gnocchi had "gone over". I substituted chicken for the main ingredient, and orzo for the gnocci. Wow!!!!! Was my family impressed with this dish! It's not only beautiful, but really, really tasty!


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Serves:

4-6

Prep:

45 Min

Cook:

35 Min

Ingredients

2 large
boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into thirds
1 pkg
dried, wild mushrooms
1 pkg
orzo pasta
2-4 slice
bacon
1 medium
onion, chopped
2 Tbsp
fresh thyme, chopped (one palmful-or 1tsp. dried)
2 Tbsp
fresh sage, chopped (one palmful-or 1tsp. dried)
1 tsp
salt & pepper or to taste
1/2 c
heavy cream (substitute sour cream, if you wish)

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Bring one quart of water to a boil and pour over the mushrooms to reconstitute - cover and leave for 30-45 minutes. (It is important to let the mushrooms stay in the water at LEAST 30 minutes.) Meanwhile, cook bacon, drain, and chop it up.
2
Drain and chop mushrooms, RESERVING ALL THE STOCK FROM THE MUSHROOMS - and use the brown mushroom water to cook the orzo. Add more water if necessary and take this opportunity to add salt to the water.
3
While the orzo cooks, saute' the onion and the cooked, chopped bacon together until the onion is soft, 3-5 mins. Remove from the pan, add 1 Tbls. oil, if necessary, and add the chicken over medium heat until just cooked through (don't overcook). Set aside until the orzo is done.
4
Drain the pasta, RESERVING THE JUICE, ONCE AGAIN - return the onion & bacon and the chicken to the frypan, on medium heat. Add chopped mushrooms, thyme, sage, cream, and 1/2 cup of the mushroom starchy water. Stir until you get a creamy consistency...if it starts to get too thick, add more of the mushroom water for a sauce-like texture.
5
To serve: Place a bed of orzo in the middle of the plate, add one or more pieces of the chicken, and spoon mushroom sauce over the top. Enjoy!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chicken, Pasta