To accompany seared chicken spiced with fragrant, herby za’atar (a traditional Middle Eastern blend), we’re tossing together tender orzo and sautéed vegetables with our flavor-packed salsa verde, which highlights a blend of parsley, capers, garlic, and more.
Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash, dry, and peel the carrots; halve lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Halve, peel, and medium dice the onion. In a bowl, whisk together the harissa paste, fig spread, and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper.
Add the pasta to the pot of boiling water. Cook, uncovered, 7 to 9 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot. Cover to keep warm.
Meanwhile, pat the chicken dry with paper towels; season on both sides with salt, pepper, and the za’atar. In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned chicken. Cook 5 to 7 minutes per side, or until browned and cooked through.* Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a plate.
In the pan of reserved fond, heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sliced carrots in an even layer; season with salt and pepper. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the diced onion; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes, or until softened. Turn off the heat.
To the pot of cooked pasta, add the cooked vegetables and salsa verde; stir to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished pasta topped with the cooked chicken and sauce. Enjoy!