One-Pot Chicken and Sausage Orzo


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.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
16 mins
Total Time:
31 mins
4 servings


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

  • 12 ounces spicy Italian sausage, casings removed

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-size pieces

  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste

  • 3 cups chicken broth, plus more as needed

  • ½ cup tomato sauce

  • 1 ½ cups uncooked orzo (rice-shaped pasta)

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste

  • ½ cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

  • ¼ cup chopped Italian parsley

  • 2 tablespoons sliced fresh chives

  • 4 tablespoons ricotta cheese for garnish


  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.

    close up view of Chicken and Sausage Orzo garnished with ricotta and fresh herbs in a white bowl
    Chef John

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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

713 Calories
30g Fat
61g Carbs
48g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 713
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g 39%
Saturated Fat 10g 52%
Cholesterol 131mg 44%
Sodium 2709mg 118%
Total Carbohydrate 61g 22%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 48g
Vitamin C 9mg 46%
Calcium 199mg 15%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 581mg 12%

* 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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