Chicken and Wild Rice Orzo Pilaf

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What is Pilaf?

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Pilaf in simple terms is a rice dish. What makes pilaf different from rice is the liquid you cook it in. Rice is typically cooked in water, whereas pilaf is cooked in broths, stocks, or simmered meat and vegetables.

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Cook the chicken: Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a medium pan over medium heat. Add ¾-1 lb of boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into one-inch pieces into the pan. Cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently until fully cooked. Set aside.

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In a large pot, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Add ½ yellow onion (diced), 2 teaspoons garlic (minced), ¾ cup carrots (sliced), ½ cup celery (sliced), 1 chicken bouillon cube, and salt and pepper (to taste). Cook for 5-8 minutes, until the vegetables are softened.

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Add 3 cups chicken broth, the cooked chicken breast, and ½ cup wild rice (dry) to the pot. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, cover and reduce the heat to low. Cook for 40-45 minutes, until the rice is tender. 

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Add 1 cup spinach and ¼ cup orzo to the pot. Cook for 6-8 minutes, or until the orzo is al dente. Stir in ½ cup heavy cream. Remove from heat and serve warm.