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One Pot Healthy Cajun Chicken Orzo

This one pot healthy cajun chicken orzo is packed full of veggies and ready in 30 minutes.  Plus: only one pot to wash up!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6
Calories: 332kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 oz uncooked orzo 1 ⅓ cups
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 19 oz can of diced tomatoes + juices see note 1
  • 2 bell peppers diced
  • 1 cup zucchini diced
  • 1 cup snap peas cut into small pieces
  • 1 red onion diced
  • 2 chicken breasts cut into ½ inch cubes, see note 2
  • 2 tablespoons cajun spice see note 3
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese shredded

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients except the parmesan in a large pot.
  • Bring to a boil reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring every 3 or so minutes, or until pasta is cooked through.
  • Stir in the parmesan cheese, and serve.

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Notes

1- a 15 oz can of diced tomatoes also works in this recipe
2- it's crucial that chicken breast is cut into small ½ inch cubes to ensure it cooks through properly. You may swap for boneless chicken thighs and cook for the same amount of time.
3- spiciness of cajun spice can vary greatly between brands, so proceed with caution! I used Club House brand for this recipe, which was quite mild. Consider starting with ¼ to ½ the amount, adding more in at the end to taste.
Storage + Reheat
  • Fridge– store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.
  • Reheat– heat *gently* in the microwave or in a pot. This means, do not use high power and do not stir vigorously. This orzo can become quite delicate after sitting gin the sauce for a few days.
  • Freezer– orzo does not freeze/that well. I do not recommend freezing this recipe.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/6 batch | Calories: 332kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 1134mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g