Greek Orzo Frittata

May 24, 2010 · 12 comments

in breakfast/brunch,chicken/poultry,greek,healthy,pasta

Many people only think of eating frittatas for breakfast or brunch, but they can definitely work for dinner, too.  Personally, if I am eating a frittata for dinner, I do prefer it to have a little more bulk, by way of an additional protein or grain.  This one has both.  It’s a similar concept to the “spaghetti frisbee” (but more eggy) and the wild rice frittata (but, you know, without rice).

I chose chicken breast as the additional protein because I had 1 breast in the fridge.  Really any kind of meat you want to use in this would work, as would no meat at all. An Italian chicken sausage or sundried tomato sausage would be great, and lamb would make this even more Greek!

I used my cast iron pan for this, and it was the perfect vessel, as it often is. If you don’t have a cast iron skillet, I would recommend either baking the frittata at 350 in a nonstick pan (unless you have a nonstick pan that can go under the broiler), or else add a little more fat to the pain for a stainless pan, which can go under the broiler.

Greek Orzo Frittata

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1 cup orzo
6-8 oz. cooked, shredded chicken (I poached mine and seasoned it with some salt, pepper, and oregano)
1 Tbsp. butter.
1 clove garlic, minced
3 cups loosely packed fresh spinach
8 eggs
1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
1/2 cup seeded & diced tomatoes
3 oz. crumbled feta cheese, divided

Cook the orzo in boiling, salted water until al dente. Set aside to cool slightly (I usually leave just a little pasta water with it so it doesn’t stick together or, this is one time where rinsing the pasta would be fine).

Whisk the eggs together with the Greek yogurt.  Then, add in the cooked pasta, cooked chicken, parsley, tomatoes, 2 oz. of the feta cheese. Set aside.

Preheat the broiler.

Heat a broiler-proof pan over medium heat and melt the butter.  Stir in the garlic until fragrant and then add the spinach until wilted.

Pour the egg mixture over the spinach and cook until the sides and outer edges of the frittata have started to set.  Sprinkle the remaining cheese on the frittata, and place the pan under the broiler.  Broil until the frittata has set and eggs are cooked through, and the top has browned.

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