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One-Pot Chicken and Sausage Orzo

One-Pot Chicken and Sausage Orzo

Chef John

"There's something extra satisfying about a recipe like this one-pot chicken and sausage orzo dish where you just basically dump the ingredients in a pot and wait until it's cooked. Sure, you have to stir it a few times, and it helps if you add stuff in the right order. But for how delicious this comes out, you're doing very little actual work."
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31 m servings 713 cals
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  • Calories:
  • 713 kcal
  • 36%
  • Fat:
  • 30.3 g
  • 47%
  • Carbs:
  • 60.6g
  • 20%
  • Protein:
  • 47.7 g
  • 95%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 131 mg
  • 44%
  • Sodium:
  • 2709 mg
  • 108%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Nutritional Information

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Amount Per Serving
  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Place a pot over medium-high heat; add oil. Brown crumbled 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 broth and tomato sauce. Raise heat to high and bring mixture to a 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.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • 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.
  • You can sub two boneless skinless chicken breasts for the chicken thighs.

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  1. 46 Ratings

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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! The...

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We didn't care for the chicken in this dish. Thought it conflicted with the flavors. Orzo was good though. If I make it again I will omit the chicken and use mild spicy sausage.

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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! The...

Added half an onion and a clove of garlic when I put the chicken thighs in. Also added fresh tomato right at the end of cook time. I never pay much attention to exact measurements of salt/spic...

I followed the instructions as written and it was delicious.

Absolutely delicious ! I couldn't help adding some chopped onions and garlic before the browning of the sausage. Also, I used what ever beef sausage my Halal store carries. My orzo took 5 more ...

We love this, making for 2nd time tonight, but used regular Italian instead of Hot and added 1/2 t of red pepper it's got a bit of heat but not too much....also, tonight didn't have ...

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 eas...

Loved this recipe - did not have any chicken just used sausage, also used diced tomatoes instead of sauce. Absolutely delicious! Easy one pot recipe and very adaptable to ones taste. Also did ...

Excellent! This reminded me of Spanish Paella. So I added a hand full of frozen peas at the end. Since we are senior citizens, I always cut back on cayenne and crushed peppers in Chef Johns ...

Excellent! Easy to make and easy to eat. Whole family loved it. I added it to the "Make again" folder.

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