Mediterranean Chicken Orzo

Chicken and pasta what’s not to love right. If you have never had orzo before you may be fouled into thinking its rice due to it look but it’s not its a small but delicious pasta. So be sure to look for it in your next food shop. This recipe is full of flavour and makes a great Mediterranean style fest.

Prep Time: 30 mins

Cook Time: 30 mins

Portions: 4

Ingredients

  • Chicken Thighs (2 per person)
  • 75g Orzo per person
  • 2 Tsp Turmeric
  • 2 Tsp Paprika
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 Onion
  • 3 Cloves of garlic
  • 1 Carrot
  • 1 Pepper
  • Half a courgette
  • Chorizo(Optional)
  • 100ml Chicken stock

Method

  1. I find this dish works best in a casserole dish as it make it even more tasty and full of flavour but you can us a sauce pan if that’s all you have. Fist you will need to marinade your chicken so put your chicken thighs in a large bowl and add the salt, pepper (as much as you personally like) turmeric and paprika and mix with the chicken until coated well, then put to one side
  2. Whiles your chicken is marinating chop all your vegetables (onion, garlic, carrot, pepper and courgette ) and chorizo into finally diced pieces. Now put your pan or casserole dish on a medium heat ready for your chicken
  3. Now your chicken has had time to marinate, it’s time to get it nice and crispy. So put a small amount of oil (any you have will do) into your pan and then when it’s hot put your chicken in skin faced down, resist the temptation to move it around. Leave it a few minutes to crisp up. Then turn the chicken and do the same to the other side. Now your chicken is nice and crisp put it to one side in a separate bowl
  4. Now in the same dish you cooked your chicken in put your onion and garlic in and cook until it softens then add your chorizo and the rest of your vegetables. Cooking it in the same pan as you cooked the chicken in will ad extra flavour.
  5. Now add your orzo and mix well then place your chicken on top and add your chicken stock
  6. Now place this in the oven and cook for 20-30 mins until your pasta and chicken is cook all the way through
  7. Now plate up and enjoy x

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