oops-it's not rice-soup

★★★★★ 1 Review
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By Beth M.
from M.V. Island, MA

A rice dish was planned and it resulted in orzo, then into a chicken stir-fry, and today it's a soup. When I reached for rice, I took down a jar of orzo, and I cooked it and noticed it was not rice. The recipe was for Rice with cilantro and lime juice, with squash served on top. I cooked chicken in a stir-fry method, added the veggies and served them on top of orzo. This morning I combined chicken broth with all, and it became soup! I learned from mom, nothing goes to waste, and this is really delicious soup.

★★★★★ 1 Review
serves 4-6
prep time 25 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For oops-it's not rice-soup

  • 1 1/2 lb
    skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1 clove
    garlic
  • 2 c
    water
  • 1 c
    orzo (thought it was rice)
  • 1/2 tsp
    salt
  • 1
    lime, squeezed
  • 1/4 c
    minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 md
    summer squash, cut into large chunks
  • 2 md
    zucchini squash, cut into large chunks
  • 3 c
    chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp
    brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp
    butter
  • salt and pepper to taste
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How To Make oops-it's not rice-soup

  • 1
    Heat olive oil in a large skilled, add chunks of chicken and stir often, add minced garlic and cook a few minutes more, until chicken is golden brown on all sides.
  • 2
    Meanwhile cook the orzo, I used a steamer, but it can be boiled. I used a steamer, but you can boil the chunks of squash separately, for perhaps twenty minutes. Drain thoroughly.
  • 3
    Combine the orzo, lime juice and cilantro. Stir the butter and brown sugar into the squash and mash it a little, add veggies to the chicken. *NOTE: I served the squash and chicken over the orzo the first meal. In the morning I took what was left and combined this with the chicken broth and heated it to make a delicious hot soup.
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