Mediterranean Chicken and Orzo Salad In Red Pepper Cups Recipe


1/2 pound uncooked orzo pasta
1/4 cup olive oil
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
3/4 teaspoon dried basil
3/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup grape tomatoes, cut in half
1/4 cup black olives, cut in half lengthwise
2 ounces crumbled feta cheese
1 grilled chicken breast half, diced
2 red bell peppers, cut in half lengthwise and seeded
4 sprigs fresh oregano


Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the orzo, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink, transfer to a bowl, and let cool in the refrigerator.

In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, garlic powder, oregano, basil, onion powder, salt, and pepper. In a large bowl, stir together the cooked orzo, tomatoes, olives, feta cheese, and chicken breast meat until thoroughly combined. Pour the dressing over the orzo mixture, lightly mix to coat all ingredients with dressing, and spoon into the red pepper halves. Garnish each serving with an oregano sprig.