Green Goddess Chicken is one of my go to easy weeknight dinners. It is simply chicken baked with Tessamae’s Green Goddess Dressing. I decided to take that chicken and add it to an orzo salad. It turned out really delicious! For the orzo I added in lots of cherry tomatoes and basil because we have so many in our garden! I added a few other veggies, Parmesan cheese, plus a Lemon Vinaigrette and it turned out to be a really awesome orzo salad. Honestly the orzo was amazing alone if you don’t want to add chicken. And if you don’t want to bake the chicken you can easily grill it. Lots of possibilities, the orzo is the main star here!
Side note- if you can’t find Tessamae’s Green Goddess dressing (I buy mine at Whole Foods) you can use Primal Kitchen Italian, Sir Kensington Pepperoncini Vinaigrette or really any Italian or Greek vinaigrette. Enjoy!
G R E E N G O D D E S S C H I C K E N O R Z O S A L A D
1-1.5 pounds chicken breasts or chicken tenders
Tessamae’s Green Goddess Dressing
1.5 cups of orzo cooked according to package
1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
1/2 English cucumber diced
1/2 red onion diced
1/4 cup sliced green olives
2 handfuls arugula
3/4 cup shredded or shaved parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
D R E S S I N G
1/2 cup olive oil
juice of 3 lemons
2 garlic cloves minced
2 teaspoons dijon mustard
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Place cut chicken breasts into strips or use tenders and place in a baking dish season with salt and pepper. Pour the Tessamae’s Green Goddess dressing over the top enough to cover the chicken. Bake at 350 degrees about 30 minutes or until chicken is 160 with meat thermometer. Set aside and let cool then slice.
Cook orzo according to package. Drain and add in a large bowl. Add in arugula, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, red onion, basil and Parmesan cheese. Lightly toss all together.
In a jar combine the olive oil, lemon juice, dijon, garlic, oregano and salt and pepper. Shake or whisk. Pour all the dressing over the salad and toss to coat it all! Top with Green Goddess Chicken and enjoy! Add more Parmesan and salt and pepper if needed.