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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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

Tips

You can sub two boneless skinless chicken breasts for the chicken thighs.

Nutrition Facts

713.3 calories; 47.7 g protein; 60.6 g carbohydrates; 130.8 mg cholesterol; 2709.2 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
04/07/2016
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! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/16/2016
Good idea in theory; just way too salty as written. I think we will try again but will use low-sodium chicken broth and leave out the salt. Read More
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182 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 134
  • 4 star values: 37
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
04/07/2016
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/07/2016
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! Read More
(22)
Rating: 5 stars
07/04/2016
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 Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/04/2016
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/spices and I just kind of did my own thing so it was absolutely perfect and so easy! Great basic recipe that you can tweak to include whatever you have on hand Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/01/2016
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 not use extra salt as the broth was seasoning enough. Thanks Chef John! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/17/2016
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 recipes also we use the milder sausages and his recipes always turn out to our satisfaction. Again Thank You for another great dish. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/28/2016
We love this making for 2nd time tonight but used regular Italian instead of Hot and added 1/2 t of red pepper flakes...so it's got a bit of heat but not too much....also tonight didn't have tomato sauce so puréed diced tomatoes instead...just waiting for some garlic bread to go with it and trying to stay away from my pan (I use a wok for this)....easy weeknight homemade meal thanks Chef John! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/27/2017
This was a pretty easy and tasty dish - since I had bone-in thighs I browned the chicken which I think really helped. Will probably make it again and when I do I'll probably add some more veggies to give it a little more life. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2016
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 minutes to cook. This is a super easy and delicious dish with the added bonus of only one single pan to clean. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/08/2017
I am not generally one to review recipes but I had to say how good this one was! I made it pretty much as shown - but I used mild Italian sausage and watched how much salt I put in. It was delicious! My 6 year old son had two helpings and my husband said it is a definite do-over! That is a WIN! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/16/2016
Good idea in theory; just way too salty as written. I think we will try again but will use low-sodium chicken broth and leave out the salt. Read More
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