Cajun Chicken Orzo

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Cajun Chicken Orzo – this one-pot chicken breast recipe is packed with flavor and easy to prepare. Deliciously creamy and comforting and one of my favorite midweek meals.

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Creamy orzo with chicken and Cajun seasoning… I know, it doesn’t sound all that exciting but this quick one-pot meal is incredibly tasty. 

If you are looking to expand your chicken breast recipe repertoire then this is a MUST make. And with the orzo and chicken cooking together in one pot it also cuts down on the washing up. A truly winning chicken dinner!

Cajun Chicken Orzo in a pan

Here’s What You Will Need

Chicken breasts cut into strips or bite sized pieces. Skinless chicken thighs can also be used, if you like.

Cajun seasoning – this delicious blend of paprika, cayenne, garlic powder, pepper and oregano is always in my spice drawer. It adds depth of flavor and a little bit of spice and can be used in so many ways.

Orzo – this small pasta shape resembles rice or grains of barley. It’s used a lot in Italian and Greek recipes – I grew up eating it and love it! Orzo is best cooked in broth, similar to risotto, for maximum flavor and creaminess.

The rest of the ingredients are olive oil, butter, onion, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, tomato paste, chicken broth, shredded spinach, cream and Parmesan cheese. 

How to make Cajun Chicken Orzo

Full measurements and instructions can be found on the printable recipe card at the bottom of the page. Please take a look at the steps and video before attempting this recipe!

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.

cooking chicken strips in a pan

Add the onion, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, tomato paste and stir to combine. Cook over low heat for five minutes, stirring frequently.

Chicken, onion, tomato paste and sundried tomatoes cooking in a pan

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.

orzo cooking in a pan with chicken

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.

stirring spinach into chicken and orzo

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.

stirring cream into cajun chicken orzo in a pan

Storing Leftovers

This creamy Cajun chicken orzo tastes best as soon as cool enough to devour! Leftovers will keep for a couple of days in the fridge.

To reheat, add a splash of water or broth and bring to a simmer in a saucepan. Alternatively reheat in a microwave until piping hot, stirring halfway through.

chicken and orzo served in two blue bowls

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Cajun Chicken Orzo

Cajun Chicken Orzo – this one-pot chicken breast recipe is packed with flavor and easy to prepare. Deliciously creamy and comforting and one of my favorite midweek meals.

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Course: Main Course

Cuisine: American

Keyword: Cajun Chicken Orzo

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Servings: 4

Calories: 633kcal

Instructions

  • 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.

  • Add the onion, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, tomato paste and stir to combine. Cook over low heat for five minutes, stirring frequently.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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Notes

This creamy Cajun chicken orzo tastes best as soon as cool enough to devour! Leftovers will keep for a couple of days in the fridge.
To reheat, add a splash of water or broth and bring to a simmer in a saucepan. Alternatively reheat in a microwave until piping hot, stirring halfway through.

Nutritional Info

Sodium: 15029mg | Calcium: 199mg | Vitamin C: 9mg | Vitamin A: 2858IU | Sugar: 15g | Fiber: 4g | Potassium: 1209mg | Cholesterol: 140mg | Calories: 633kcal | Trans Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Fat: 25g | Protein: 54g | Carbohydrates: 48g | Iron: 3mg



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