Chicken Neeka

Paprika-roasted chicken with Spanish onion, Roma tomatoes, sweet peppers, lemon, garlic and fresh herbs, served with pecorino-safflower orzo..

Chicken Neeka

Chicken Neeka

Serves 2-3

For the Orzo

1 cup orzo (semolina pasta)
1 1/2 cups chicken stock
1 1/2 cups filtered water
2 tablespoons safflower threads (Carthamus tinctorius), crushed
1/4 cup aged pecorino, shredded
2 tablespoons Italian parsley, chopped

Bring chicken stock and water to a boil.  Stir in orzo, reduce heat, cover and cook until barely tender (about 10 minutes).  Drain off all but a little water, then stir in the pecorino and parsley.

For the Chicken

2 pastured chicken breasts, cut in thirds
2 pastured chicken thighs, cut in half
melted butter
2 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small pieces
1 tablespoon roasted paprika
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon freshly-ground pepper
1 Spanish onion, chopped
4-6 sweet peppers, chopped
2 Roma tomatoes cut into wedges
2 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
1 tablespoon Italian parsley, chopped
1 fresh lemon

Rinse the chicken and pat dry.  Place chicken in a heavy skillet, brush with melted butter and season with roasted paprika, sea salt and pepper.  Chop tomatoes, onions and peppers and scatter around the pan.  Place in a 400 degree oven until the chicken is crisp and juices run clear, about 20-25 minutes.  Transfer the chicken to a side dish and put the skillet containing the vegetables on a burner over medium heat.

De-glaze the skillet with the juice of a lemon, then stir in garlic and sauté 30 seconds.  Stir in the chopped oregano, basil and parsley, then whisk in the butter, one piece at a time.

To serve

Spoon orzo into the center of a plate and place chicken pieces on top.  Spoon vegetables and sauce over the chicken, garnish with herbs and serve immediately.

11 thoughts on “Chicken Neeka

  1. Looks good! But…I haven’t heard the word pastured relating to food before (other than cow’s food), could you explain it to me? Thanks -Rance

    • Pastured chickens live outdoors, where they get lots of fresh air and sunshine as they scratch and peck for bugs. They are free from pesticides, insecticides, antibiotics and hormones.

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  3. my husband and i really enjoyed this. my husband almost ate the whole thing by himself! thanks for sharing this delicious recipe

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