One-pot chicken and sausage orzo

    31 min

    This one-pot dinner practically cooks itself with just a bit of stirring on your part. All you do is brown the sausage and add the chicken, tomato passata and the rest of the ingredients, and cook until done.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 2 teaspoons olive oil
    • 325g spicy Italian sausage, casings removed
    • 450g boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-size pieces
    • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
    • 700ml chicken stock, plus more as needed
    • 120ml tomato passata
    • 300g uncooked orzo (rice-shaped pasta)
    • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt, or to taste
    • 40g finely grated Parmesan cheese
    • 15g chopped flat leaf parsley
    • 2 tablespoons sliced fresh chives
    • 4 tablespoons ricotta cheese for garnish

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:16min  ›  Ready in:31min 

    1. Place a pot over medium-high heat; add oil. Brown sausage, breaking up pieces as they cook. Cook and stir until sausage is nicely browned, about 5 minutes. Add chicken pieces. Cook and stir until chicken begins to turn opaque, about 1 minute. Add salt.
    2. Stir in chicken stock and tomato passata. Raise heat to high and bring mixture up to simmer. Stir in orzo and a pinch of salt. Reduce heat to medium until pasta is almost tender and most of the liquid is absorbed, 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pot. Remove from heat. Add grated cheese, parsley and chives. Serve topped with a dollop of ricotta cheese.


    The size of the orzo 'grain' can really vary, so be sure to check for doneness early and stop when it's 95% tender. It will continue to soften as you complete the final steps.

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    Of all the things I have cooked from Allrecipes, I have never felt compelled to rate anything. This was easy easy easy, clean up was easy easy easy and most critical - My family DEVOURED it! They are not fans of Orzo - but they are converted now! Cooked as instructed. Thank you Chef John for the one pot recipes!! We can't wait to try another one AND we will make this again soon!  -  07 Apr 2016  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I followed the instructions as written and it was delicious.  -  16 Feb 2016  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is one of the best recipes I've found on this site! I added a cup of diced onion when I added the chicken and I did not add any additional salt. The flavors are perfect and it was super easy to make. We loved it and I'll definitely be making it again  -  04 Jul 2016  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)