One Dish Meal from Better Homes and Gardens

I rarely try a new recipe other than those I concoct myself from foods we have on hand. The main thing that determines whether I’ll make a recipe that I see in a book or magazine is “Do I have all (or most) of the ingredients?”  Well August’s Better Homes and Gardens magazine has a recipe for which I had everything necessary.

The magazine’s serving suggestion.

Grilled Chicken and Peaches with Green Beans and Orzo

  • 8 oz dried orzo (1-1/3 cups) (I used half of package)
  • 8 oz green beans (about 2-1/2 cups) (I didn’t measure these.)
  • 1 lb chicken tenders (Our package was 1-1/2 lbs.)
  • 2 peaches, cut in wedges (We used 3 peaches.)
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil (I didn’t measure.)
  • 4 oz feta cheese (Also didn’t measure.)
  • Fresh thyme

    Fresh picked lemon thyme from the herb bed.

We used the team approach to prepare the food.  I worked the kitchen while Charlie manned the grill. Charlie picked some French filet green beans from the garden while I cut some fresh thyme.

Add the beans to the orzo with about 5 minutes left to cook.

No need to dirty 2 pots: cook the beans and orzo together and drain well.

Beans and orzo are ready for the platter.

I prepared the orzo and green beans while Charlie grilled the peaches and chicken tenderloins.

Charlie grilled the olive-oiled chicken and peaches keeping them separated.

Grill everything for 4 to 6 minutes until you can see the grill marks and the chicken is fully cooked.

The chicken and peaches grill quickly.

The recipe called for tossing everything together in a large bowl but I opted to lay it out on a platter and top it with chopped thyme and feta cheese.

Grilled chicken and peaches over a bed of orzo and green beans topped with feta, thyme and a drizzle of olive oil.

The next time we make this (and we will) I’ll forego the salt and add a little teriyaki sauce. This recipe would be good using other stone fruits (plums, nectarines, apricots), substituting rice for the orzo and other vegetables for the beans. A very versatile recipe.

Do you try new recipes? Are you a tweaker?

Sidebar: from Better Homes and Garden’s website:

Nutrition Facts (Grilled Chicken & Peaches With Green Beans & Orzo)

  • Servings Per Recipe 4,
  • Calories 526,
  • Protein (gm) 38,
  • Carbohydrate (gm) 55,
  • Fat, total (gm) 17,
  • Cholesterol (mg) 93,
  • Saturated fat (gm) 5,
  • Monosaturated fat (gm) 6,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (gm) 2,
  • Dietary Fiber, total (gm) 5,
  • Sugar, total (gm) 10,
  • Vitamin A (IU) 632,
  • Vitamin C (mg) 13,
  • Thiamin (mg) 1,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 17,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 1,
  • Folate (µg) 161,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 0,
  • Sodium (mg) 604,
  • Potassium (mg) 810,
  • Calcium (DV %) 40,
  • Iron (DV %) 3,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

2 thoughts on “One Dish Meal from Better Homes and Gardens”

  1. I made this tonight and used the team approach as well. We enjoyed it and it was quick and easy to make. Like you, I like the recipe because it’s very easy to make substitutions. We used chicken breasts because that’s what was on hand. Also like you, I didn’t measure most of my ingredients either!

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