NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31:  Author Ina Garten attends Ina Garten in Conversation with Danny Meyer at 92nd Street Y on January 31, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
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The Nigella Lawson Tip That Transformed Ina Garten's Chicken Orzo
Food Network chef and author Ina Garten recently shared her version of chicken and orzo, which calls for cooking an entire chicken in the pot. To ensure the whole pot ends up flavorful, Garten borrows from a chicken in a pot with lemon and orzo recipe found in fellow celeb chef Nigella Lawson’s cookbook "Cook, Eat, Repeat."
To up the dish's flavor at the start of the cooking process, Lawson suggests searing the chicken skin before simmering it with the other ingredients. The process of browning meat creates "fond," the delicious browned bits of flavor found at the bottom of the pan, which adds so much more flavor compared to starting with uncooked chicken.
Garten loves the flavor added by using Lawson's prep method, and uses it to improve her own simmered chicken orzo recipe. Garten's recipe doesn't include lemon, but still builds on the unique savory flavor imparted by the fond and uses other ingredients to add "brightness" to the chicken and orzo, such as a bundle of fresh dill.