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Now that the weather has cooled down and fall is in full swing, my bank account is begging to cool off from my carefree (read: irresponsible) summer spending. Much of this means I have to limit how often I eat out and invite friends over for dinner instead. When I saw Ina Garten posting her recipe for chicken in a pot with orzo (from her new book go-to dinners) on Instagram I immediately knew that this would be the perfect dish for a cozy evening indoors.
Every Tuesday, a group of friends and I, affectionately known as the Bachelor Nation Babes, get together to watch The Bachelor franchise show that’s happening right now (we’re currently watching Bachelor in Paradise, in case you were wondering). These Tuesday nights have become one of the highlights of my week. We gather in one of our apartments to dine, drink wine and take a lot of light risqu . to doIt is commentary.
Last week it was my turn to host, and I decided Justin’s return to Paradise to win Rodney’s Eliza was television worthy enough for Ina’s delicious-looking chicken and orzo. My friends and I have many opinions — emphasis on a lot – and I knew this group would give their most honest thoughts on the dish. Here’s what the Bachelor Nation Babes had to say.
How to Make Ina’s Chicken in a Jar With Orzo
You start by preheating the oven to 350°F. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a Dutch oven large enough to hold all the ingredients. Pat the whole chicken dry with paper towels, place the bird breast side down in the pan and sear until the skin has turned brown. Turn the chicken over and repeat on the other side, then remove the chicken and place on a plate.
Then add the fennel, carrots, leek and celery and fry until they start to brown. Add the minced garlic and cook for about a minute or so. Place the chicken back in the Dutch Oven, add the saffron, as well as enough chicken stock and water to cover the chicken until only about an inch of the sternum is visible. Tie thyme, parsley and dill together in a bouquet garni and stir with salt and black pepper. Bring everything to a boil and then place covered in the oven for about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Remove the chicken from the oven and remove the bouquet garni. Stir in orzo and cover Dutch oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until orzo is tender. Remove the lid and break the chicken into quarters, using a fork to gently pull the meat from the breastbone. Reheat if necessary and serve in large, shallow bowls.
The Bachelor Nation Babe’s Honest Review of Ina Garten’s Chicken with Orzo in a Pot
This recipe got a big 10/10 from my viewing group. It happened to be a cold night so the timing was perfect. The food was still cooking when my friends arrived, but one by one they commented on the delicious smell of the chicken coming out of the oven. We opened a bottle of wine and played on the ever unfolding saga Bachelor in Paradiseand waited eagerly for the food to be ready.
While it is a dish that sounds So simple and unassuming, it packs an incredible amount of flavor. The saffron in particular raises the flavor profile directly. Our overwhelming consensus as a group was that Ina’s chicken in a pot of orzo is very spark plug chicken noodle soup – in the best, most delicious way.
Talk about a lofty play on a classic! The orzo feels a bit more refined than your typical noodles, the whole chicken gives a ton of delicious flavor, and saffron makes it feel a little fancy. However, Ina’s dish is still just as cozy and comforting as a classic bowl of chicken noodle soup. The Bachelor Nation Babes give these two thumbs up.