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Chicken & Veggies Orzo Bake

Orzo is not rice, it is short grain pasta. Translated from Italian it literally means ‘barley’. In Italy is more known as ‘risoni’ and is mostly used in soups which I absolutely adore. Cooked it in a bit of broth and served with lots of grated parmigiano on top is pure soul food. I used to cook an orzo bake a long time ago and no matter how much i try and remember the recipe its just gone in the back of my mind but, seeing it almost everywhere on Instagram lately, I decided to do a bake with it…its cheesy, flavorful and comforting and I really hope you will give it a try. You can skip the chicken for a vegetarian version and add some mushroom instead and leafy greens like spinach…yammmm!!

Quantities are for 2-3 people.


  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 chicken breast, diced into small cubes
  • 1 cup orzo
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 cup peas, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 7 broccoli florets, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • A pinch of nutmeg
  • A bit of olive oil
  • A knob of butter


  • In a frying pan add a drizzle of olive oil and a knob of butter over medium heat.
  • Once the butter melts add the onions and cook till translucent.
  • Add the garlic and cook for a minute.
  • Add the chicken, season with salt and pepper to taste and fry till slightly golden.
  • Add the orzo and mix well so it toasts a bit, around 2 minutes.
  • When the orzo is nicely toasted and coated with the olive oil and butter add the wine and let it cook down for a couple of minutes scraping anything that is on the bottom of the frying pan.
  • Now add the stock and let it come to a simmer. Lower the heat and continue mixing for around 2 minutes.
  • Now add the milk and season with nutmeg.
  • When the milk gets creamy add the peas and broccoli and mix well.
  • Turn off the heat and add half of the cheeses and mix it in the orzo.
  • Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top and place the pan in preheated oven on 200 till golden, bubbly and has a nice crusty top!

NB: If cooking for more people transfer to a bigger baking dish, top with cheese and bake.

Buon Appetito!!!

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