Cajun Chicken Orzo

Cajun Chicken Orzo


Cajun Chicken Orzo – this one-pot chicken recipe is packed with flavor and easy to prepare. The perfect midweek meal, creamy and comforting!!
  • 3 chicken breasts , cut into small strips
  • 2 tbsp Cajun seasoning
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tbsp butter
  • 1 onion , finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • 2 tbsp chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste (tomato purée)
  • 1 cup (200g) Orzo pasta
  • 1 cup (240ml) chicken broth or stock made with a stock cube
  • 1 cup (30g) shredded spinach
  • ¼ cup (60ml) heavy cream (double cream)
  • 3 tbsp grated parmesan cheese , plus extra to serve
  1. Combine the chicken, Cajun seasoning and salt. Heat the butter and oil in a large pan (a Chef’s pan with a lid is ideal) and pan fry the chicken until it starts to color.
  2. Add the onion, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, tomato paste and stir to combine. Cook over low heat for five minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Stir in the orzo, cook for a minute or so then add the chicken broth. Bring to a simmer, cover the pan and cook for about 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Orzo absorbs liquid readily so keep an eye on the pan and add a little extra water, as needed, if the pan gets too dry.
  4. Uncover the pan and test the orzo – it should be almost tender but with a little bite to it. Stir in the shredded spinach so that it wilts.
  5. Stir in the cream and add the grated Parmesan. You should have a deliciously indulgent creamy dish. Check the seasoning and serve with extra Parmesan cheese.

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