I got this recipe for Chicken and Mushrooms with Balsamic Cream Sauce from a girl on a cooking board I frequent. It looked (and sounded) so yummy yet so simple:
It couldn't have been easier to make and SP was a huge fan. He said anything I want to make in the future that involves orzo and a cream sauce is OK in his book.
I served some sauteed spinach on the side. For some reason it was very bitter. It was spinach we got from my parent's veggie box, but I don't see why that would matter.
Chicken with Wild Mushroom and Balsamic Cream Sauce
As seen on Erin's Eats, adapted from Rachael Ray
1/2 pound orzo pasta
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 2 turns of the pan
1 pound boneless skinless chicken tenderloins
2 tablespoons butter
1 package of white mushrooms, chopped
3 large cloves garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon thyme leaves, a couple of sprigs, chopped
2 large shallots, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups chicken stock
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, eyeball it
3 tablespoons heavy cream or half-and-half, a couple turns of the pan
Heat a large pot of water to a boil. Salt the water and add orzo pasta. Cook to al dente.
Preheat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and add extra-virgin olive oil, 2 turns of the pan. Season chicken liberally with salt and pepper and add to the hot skillet. Cook the chicken for 5 to 6 minutes on each side. Remove the chicken from the pan and cover with foil to keep warm.
Return the skillet to the heat, turn heat back a bit, and add the butter. Once the butter melts add the mushrooms and brown stirring occasionally for about 4 to 5 minutes. Once the mushrooms are brown season with salt and pepper then add the garlic, thyme and shallots. Cook stirring occasionally for about 2 minutes or until the shallots are wilted. Sprinkle the flour into the pan and cook 2 minutes more. Whisk in the stock, balsamic vinegar and the cream. Turn the heat up to high and simmer for about 2 minutes or until thickened. Slice the chicken on an angle. Add the chicken back to the skillet to heat up, about 1 minute.
To serve, pile orzo on dinner plates and top with the sliced chicken and sauce.