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Greek marinated chicken with orzo

There is a restaurant near my home that makes Greek chicken wings, they are delicious. My husband and I crave them often, they are a hard to resist cheat meal. When I came across this Greek marinated chicken recipe on Budget Bytes I had to try it since it looked similar to the wings. It was an easy recipe – I added a little to it and paired it with orzo and it turned out absolutely amazing. Definitely rivaled those wings from up the street!

Side note: I love the Budget Bytes site, I have made quite a few recipes they’ve shared and I have yet to be disappointed.

You can make the chicken without the orzo, but I have to say they paired perfectly.

Greek marinated chicken legs with orzo

Greek marinated chicken legs with orzo

Ingredients:

– 1 cup plain yogurt (regular yogurt is fine, doesn’t need to be Greek yogurt)

– Italian parsley (fresh, chop about 1/3 of the bunch)

– 1/2 – 1 Tbsp Oregano (dried)

– 2 – 4 cloves garlic (minced)

– Salt & Pepper (about a 1/2 tsp each)

– 1 lemon

– 3 1/2 – 4 lbs chicken drumsticks

– 4 Tbsp butter (for the orzo)

– 1 16 oz. package orzo

– Feta for sprinkling on the chicken/orzo

 

In a bowl combine the first 5 ingredients, the yogurt through the s&p. Grab your lemon and grate lemon zest into the marinade. Then cut the lemon in half. Squeeze half of the lemon’s juice in the marinade. Save the other half of lemon for later.

Greek marinade

Once you’ve mixed everything together get a freezer bag and place the chicken legs in, then cover them with the marinade. Squish it all around, make sure the chicken is fully covered and try to get the air out of the bag as best as possible. Place this in the fridge for at least a half hour. I left mine in the fridge all day, I prepped in the morning and it turned out awesome.

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You will need to preheat the oven to 375. Put the chicken + marinade into a 9×13 pyrex and put that in the oven. It needs to bake for about 45 minutes – 1 hour. It will be golden brown when it is ready. Near the end of the bake time, prepare the orzo per the package instructions. Once the orzo is done, squeeze the other half of the lemon over it, add butter, and sprinkle some feta on it. Once the chicken comes out of the oven, sprinkle a little feta on that too and put it back in the oven for a couple minutes to get the cheese to melt a little over the chicken. When you make your plate, pour some of that delicious marinade from the bottom of the pyrex all over the orzo. Makes the orzo ridiculously rich and delicious!

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You can make this even healthier and use less butter on the orzo, use fat free yogurt, or even skip the feta. But even if you make it as listed above, it’s not an especially naughty dinner. I finally found a healthier version of those naughty wings we love to splurge on. Score!

 

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Progress – September to November 2014

I haven’t done an official “progress” post in months. Not much to report, other than I’m really dialed in with maintaining. Still hitting right in the 120-125 range I aim for.

Finally, cool weather! Hitting up my normal weekly runs, as well as mixing in some hiking and biking as well.

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South Mountain, gloomy day

Running South Mountain

Running South Mountain

Screen grab by Matt of me running South Mountain

Screen grab by Matt of me running South Mountain

I’ve been running at my work’s gym during the week a lot but now that the temperature dropped I think I will be able to just go running outdoors after work. Finally! I mean, it’s November already for Christ’s sake. It’s about damn time I can go running in the afternoon without roasting alive.

Hiked/ran a mountain new to me today. North Mountain.

North Mountain, view of Phoenix

North Mountain, view of Phoenix

It was cool, pretty steep but a little less intense than Camelback. Hiked up and ran down, nice little workout!

I mentioned a few posts ago that I was able to model for a local photographer, as she was looking for tattooed people to shoot. I got the photos back, and I really love them!

Photo by Araya Photography

Photo by Araya Photography

Photo by Araya Photography

Photo by Araya Photography

Photo by Araya Photography

Photo by Araya Photography

Photo by Araya Photography

Photo by Araya Photography

Photo by Araya Photography

Photo by Araya Photography

Photo by Araya Photography

Photo by Araya Photography

Photo by Araya Photography

Photo by Araya Photography

Thrilled. (If you are local to AZ and want a great portrait photographer, check out Araya Photography.) I don’t know how to say this without sounding a little lame: I feel pretty. It’s really fun to see photos of myself that look so nice! When I saw the first one, my mind was blown. I didn’t actually recognize myself at first. I recognized the tattoos before my own face. Weird, right?