Tempt My Tummy Tuesday…. Garlic Chicken, Orzo Pasta, and a Watermelon Margarita!

by Lisa on May 21, 2012

Tempt my Tummy Tuesdays

Welcome to TMTT.  So glad you could stop by.  It has been a super busy and exciting weekend which has caused my Monday to be much busier than expected as I care for our new 8 week old puppy.  Yea me.  (She is really cute, so I am not really complaining.)  Among our weekend events was a fabulous dinner at my friend Sarah’s home.  She is an excellent cook and we always enjoy her meals.  Saturday’s meal including “Melt In Your Mouth Chicken”, orzo pasta with garlic and spinach, steamed broccoli a tasty salad, and the BEST watermelon margarita.  Doesn’t that sound wonderful?  Oh, it was!  I knew as soon as we started eating, I would be sharing this meal for TMTT.
Sarah found the chicken recipe as well as the margarita recipe on Pinterest.   The orzo pasta recipe is her own, and one she made back during the courtship with her  husband which she says caused him to “fall in love with me”.  🙂  I am going to share the link to the margarita recipe and give the recipes for the chicken and pasta.

If you are a margarita fan… you MUST try this!

Watermelon Margarita to die forWatermelon Margarita

orzo pasta with red pepper, garlic, and spinach

Orzo pasta with red pepper, garlic, and spinach

Orzo Pasta with Red Pepper, Garlic, and Spinach

  • one red bell pepper, small diced
  • one bunch of cilantro, finely chopped
  • bag of fresh baby spinach
  • 3-4 cloves fresh minced garlic
  • garlic powder to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • butter and olive oil
  1. Cook orzo pasta according to package.
  2. While pasta is cooking, saute the red peppers in butter and olive oil.  After the peppers have softened, add the garlic to the saute.  Cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add the cooked orzo to the red pepper and garlic mix, combining all ingredients.   Add cilantro, garlic pepper, salt, and pepper to taste.
  4. Finally, just before serving, add the spinach and cook until it is wilted.

Melt In Your Mouth Chicken (original recipe from Food.com)

  • 4 boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons seasoning salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Mix mayonnaise, cheese and seasonings.
  2. Spread mixture over chicken breast and place in baking dish.
  3. Bake at 375°F for 45 minutes.

A fabulous meal!

And, if you are wondering why my post is so late this evening….. I blame her! (The newest member of our family.)

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Lyuba May 21, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Thank you for the party! Your new member of the family is adorable!


Miz Helen May 21, 2012 at 9:38 pm

Hi Lisa,
Ohhhhh your puppy is just precious! That Pasta dish looks delicious. Thank you for hosting and have fun with that precious pup!
Miz Helen


Rachelle May 21, 2012 at 10:52 pm

Oh my gosh what a little cutie pie your doggy is! Thank you for your linky list, I am sharing a gluten free chicken quiche. =)


Alana May 21, 2012 at 10:58 pm

Thanks for hosting!


shari@myjudythefoodie May 22, 2012 at 5:42 am

I love your orzo dish. I linked up one too! hope you enjoy.


Jen May 22, 2012 at 6:15 am

She’s adorable!!!! I love it! This chicken looks great too. I have seen that recipe around a lot lately. Maybe I should try it out… 🙂 Thanks for hosting!


Diane Balch May 22, 2012 at 6:54 am

Good luck with your puppy. An 8 week old dog is more work than an 8 wk old baby.


Michelle May 22, 2012 at 2:15 pm

You realize how lucky you are that I managed to get past the watermelon margarita to read the rest of the post? Yummmmm. I’m definitely adding this one to my summer cooking list 🙂


Lisa May 23, 2012 at 9:56 am

Michelle, it is SOOO good!


caroline May 22, 2012 at 4:38 pm
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