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One Pot Chicken & Orzo Bake

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One Pot Chicken & Orzo Bake

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Today I have learnt two things. Firstly there is a type of Pasta called Orzo and secondly two of my kids didn't like it! How can I get to 43 years old and have never heard or tried a type of pasta before?

Anyway, this was fairly easily to prepare and cook. The recipe (in a magazine provided free from my local supermarket) said the whole meal could be cooked for £4, they clearly don't look at their own yellow sticker section, I managed it for just over £3.

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Yields4 Servings
Prep Time10 minsCook Time45 minsTotal Time55 mins

 4 bone in chicken thigh
 2 onions, finely chopped
 1 carrot, finely chopped
 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
 1 tsp fennel seeds
 200 g orzo
 1 chicken stock cube, made up in hot water (600ml)
 300 g broccoli florets
 handful of fresh dill, chopped

1

Firstly, I heated a little oil in my wok and placed the four bits of chicken in skin down and fried for about 10 minutes until the skin went crispy, I then turned them a cooked for another five minutes. I took the chicken out and discarded most of the oil, leaving about half a tablespoons worth in the wok

2

I chucked in the garlic, onion, carrot and fennel seeds and cooked for a few minutes to soften, then added the stock and orzo and gave it all a stir. I put the chicken back in (skin side up) and brought it all to the boil and then simmered for about 5 minutes.

3

I added the broccoli and let it cook for about 20 minutes or so until the chicken was cooked through. Stirring occasionally to stop the orzo sticking to the wok. This gave me enough time to help the middle one with his grammar homework before serving and sprinkling some dill over when on the plate.

4

As I mentioned at the start, this was hit with mixed reviews from the kids! The middle one and myself loved it, the other two really didn't like it. I will try orzo again, but with different ingredients. Dill and fennel together may have been an acquired taste and possible a bit much for some of the younger palettes perhaps .......

Nutrition Facts

Servings 4


Amount Per Serving
Calories 402
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11.3g18%
Saturated Fat 2.8g14%
Cholesterol 58mg20%
Sodium 575mg24%
Potassium 534mg16%
Total Carbohydrate 49.7g17%
Dietary Fiber 5.5g22%
Sugars 7.5g
Protein 25.1g51%

Calcium 6%
Iron 19%
Vitamin D 0%

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Ingredients

 4 bone in chicken thigh
 2 onions, finely chopped
 1 carrot, finely chopped
 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
 1 tsp fennel seeds
 200 g orzo
 1 chicken stock cube, made up in hot water (600ml)
 300 g broccoli florets
 handful of fresh dill, chopped

Directions

1

Firstly, I heated a little oil in my wok and placed the four bits of chicken in skin down and fried for about 10 minutes until the skin went crispy, I then turned them a cooked for another five minutes. I took the chicken out and discarded most of the oil, leaving about half a tablespoons worth in the wok

2

I chucked in the garlic, onion, carrot and fennel seeds and cooked for a few minutes to soften, then added the stock and orzo and gave it all a stir. I put the chicken back in (skin side up) and brought it all to the boil and then simmered for about 5 minutes.

3

I added the broccoli and let it cook for about 20 minutes or so until the chicken was cooked through. Stirring occasionally to stop the orzo sticking to the wok. This gave me enough time to help the middle one with his grammar homework before serving and sprinkling some dill over when on the plate.

4

As I mentioned at the start, this was hit with mixed reviews from the kids! The middle one and myself loved it, the other two really didn't like it. I will try orzo again, but with different ingredients. Dill and fennel together may have been an acquired taste and possible a bit much for some of the younger palettes perhaps .......

One Pot Chicken & Orzo Bake

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