You’ll be surprised just what younger family members will be willing to try when everyone sits down and eats together. And this is the ultimate failsafe family pleaser. Orzo is a great alternative to pasta and this quick dish is pure comfort in a bowl and full of goodness.
Percentages are based on an adult's daily intake
|Typical Values||per 100g||per serving|
of which saturates
of which sugars
|Fibre||1.4 g||8.6 g|
|Protein||8.6 g||52.4 g|
|Salt||0.57 g||3.48 g|
In addition to the recipe specific allergen information provided, due to production and packing methods Gousto boxes may also contain low levels of the following allergens: Cereals containing gluten; Crustaceans; Eggs; Fish; Peanuts; Soya; Milk; Nuts: almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews ,pecan nuts ,brazil nuts, pistachio nuts, macadamia nuts; Celery; Sesame; Sulphur dioxide and Sulphites; Lupin; Molluscs; Mustard.
Cut the chicken breast[s] into thin strips
Heat a large, wide-based pan (preferably non-stick) with a matching lid with a drizzle of olive oil over a medium-high heat
Once hot, add the chicken strips with a pinch of salt and pepper and cook for 4-5 min or until golden and cooked through
Once done, transfer the chicken to a plate, but keep the pan!
Meanwhile, peel and finely dice the red onion[s]
Deseed the red pepper[s] (scrape the seeds and pith out with a teaspoon) and dice finely
Return the pan to a medium heat with a drizzle of olive oil
Once hot, add the chopped onion and pepper with a pinch of salt and cook for 5 min or until softened
Meanwhile, boil a kettle
Peel and finely chop (or grate) the garlic
Dissolve the chicken stock cube[s] in 200ml [400ml] boiled water
Once softened, add the chopped garlic to the pan with the smoked paprika and cook for 1 min or until fragrant
Add the orzo pasta, balsamic vinegar and brown demerara sugar and cook for 30 sec
Add the chopped tomatoes and chicken stock, increase the heat to high and bring to the boil
Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and cook, covered, for 15-20 min or until most of the liquid has absorbed and the pasta is cooked
Tip: give it an occasional stir to stop the pasta from sticking!
Meanwhile, strip the thyme leaves from their stems and chop roughly
Chop the cherry tomatoes in half, then chop the basil finely, including the stalks
Grate the cheddar cheese
Once the pasta is cooked, add the thyme leaves, cooked chicken and cherry tomatoes and give everything a gentle mix
Serve the chicken & tomato orzo topped with the grated cheese
Garnish with the chopped basil