Creamy Cajun Chicken Orzo

Our Creamy Cajun Chicken Orzo is a must try and the absolute epitome of comfort food!

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Cook: 25 MINS

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Preheat oven to 200°C/ 400°F. Place chicken breasts in an oven proof dish, add olive oil and coat with cajun seasoning. Bake for 20-25 mins. Baste chicken breasts once or twice throughout cook time.
Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large deep pan, add onion and red pepper and cook for 5 mins, until soft. Add garlic and cook for 1 min, then add cajun seasoning and paprika and stir into vegetables.
Add orzo to pan and mix into vegetables and seasoning, then add milk and chicken stock. Mix everything together, bring pan to a low simmer and leave orzo to cook until al dente, approx 8-10 mins. The liquid should reduce to create a lovely thick and creamy sauce.
Once cooked, season taste, add chilli flakes and parmesan, then stir once more. Finally, stir in basil and a squeeze of lemon juice. Slice your baked chicken breast and serve on top of creamy cajun orzo.

Nutritional Info

Per serving:

Cals – 622

Carbs – 74g

Protein – 40g

Fat – 15g

Ingredients

Serves 4

For Cajun Chicken:

  • Tbsp of extra virgin olive oil.
  • 3-4 small chicken breasts.
  • Tbsp of cajun seasoning.

For the Orzo:

  • Tbsp of extra virgin olive oil.
  • 1 onion - finely chopped.
  • 1 red pepper - think sliced.
  • 3 cloves of garlic - chopped.
  • Tbsp of cajun seasoning (can add more if you like).
  • Tsp of smoked paprika.
  • 350g of orzo.
  • 1 litre of semi-skimmed milk.
  • 400ml of chicken stock.
  • 25g of parmesan - grated.
  • A handful of fresh basil - chopped.
  • A pinch of chilli flakes.
  • A squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

To Garnish:

  • Fresh chopped basil.
  • Grated parmesan.

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