Orzo Chicken

January 21, 2011 3 Comments by admin

Alrighty, my second video, wooo! Got a pretty good hang of this video on the D7000 now and I’m loving it. The quality you can get from these video DSLR’s is quite amazing. What I really like is the interchangeable lens.

So this video of me cooking Orzo Chicken (recipe can be found below) was not really planed, I was both hungry and bored. Since living on my own I’ve gotten good at cooking (not so much baking) and I’m always looking for new crap to make. I asked around for some recipes and my coworker gave me a list of stuff they make. Going though the list this Orzo chicken caught my eye. As of now it’s my favorite thing. It’s light but filling, not greasy but very flavorful, you feel good after you eat it, and it’s freaking easy to make!

Since this is currently my favorite recipe I wanted to film the awesomeness of it. I would not recommend if you are by yourself to film something while your trying to cook, way harder than it seems…It was difficult to set up for the different shots as the food starts to burn…

All the video was shot on a 50mm f/1.4 to get the shallowest DoF I could get. The 50mm on a cropped sensor was pushing it as my kitchen area is very small and my body blocked some shots so I had to redo those. The shutter was at 50 sec and the iso was around 320.

The video was directly imported to Premiere’s time line, no transcoding. I went with fast cuts like the last video to keep the viewers attention as it’s a bit long for an interwebs video. This time I was smarter and set the white balance before I shot, and grading with Magic Bullet Looks was a lot easier to do.

I knew in this video I wanted to have some effects that required After Effects so I could test out how Premiere would work together, needless to say they integrated perfectly. The effects are nothing fancy but took about 2 hours to get right so it looked somewhat natural. Last, for music, I went though everything I had to see what fit. Nothing was really working till I found the gem in the video. It was the same length I needed, parts of the video synced up perfectly, and it’s epic like the Orzo Chicken! I find the music kind of funny :P

So there you have it. If you have any comments or constructive criticism I’d like to hear it!

Orzo Chicken Recipe
• 1 chicken brest, diced
• 1/4c Italian dressing
• 2Tbsp lemon juice
• 1/2 bag orzo pasta
• 1 bag frozen broccoli
• Grated Parmesan
Cook chicken and dressing over medium heat until done. Two minutes before the chicken is done drizzle lemon juice on top of chicken in pan.
Meanwhile, cook and drain orzo, and microwave broccoli.
In Bown layer orzo, broccoli, chicken, and parmesan cheese.


  1. Jon
    7 years ago

    You should always wash your hands before and after handling raw Chicken.


  2. Jason
    6 years ago

    That is too funny! I love it! Very creative.


  3. jen
    6 years ago

    such dramatic chicken. =)


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