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One-Pot Chicken and Sausage Orzo

Rated as 4.62 out of 5 Stars

"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
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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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.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 713 calories; 30.3 60.6 47.7 131 2709 Full nutrition

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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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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.

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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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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 veg...

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 ...

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 deli...

I managed to screw this one up pretty bad and accidentally added way too much chicken broth and tomato sauce (shame on me for being in a hurry and not reading serving sizes properly!). I think ...