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One-Pot Creamy Chicken & Spinach Orzo

One-Pot Creamy Chicken & Spinach Orzo

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Prep Time

20 min



For a tasty risotto in half the time, you'll swap rice for a rice-shaped pasta called orzo, and simmer it in a garlic-infused cream sauce. Finish with basil, and it's ready. Buon appetito!

Prep Time

20 min



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For 2 people (double for 4)
1 brown onion
1 garlic clove
British Chicken thigh fillets x4 2
320g British chicken thighs
40g cheddar cheese †
basil 3.18
5g basil
120g baby leaf spinach
chicken stock cube (new 5/18)
1 Knorr chicken stock cube †
Orzo pasta
150g orzo pasta †
soft cheese2
1 soft cheese pot (50g) †
You Will Need
Milk, olive oil, pepper, salt

Nutritional Information*

Percentages are based on an adult's daily intake

  • 1 brown onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 320g British chicken thighs
  • 40g cheddar cheese<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 5g basil
  • 120g baby leaf spinach
  • 1 Knorr chicken stock cube<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 150g orzo pasta<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 1 soft cheese pot (50g)<span class="strong">†</span>
Typical Values per 100g per serving
Energy 754 kJ
179 kcal
2947 kJ
702 kcal
of which saturates
7.4 g
3.4 g
29.1 g
13.3 g
of which sugars
15.4 g
1.5 g
60.3 g
5.8 g
Fibre 1 g 3.8 g
Protein 12.6 g 49.3 g
Salt 0.78 g 3.04 g
*Gousto’s nutritional information only applies to ingredients supplied by Gousto. The cooking process and additional ingredients added at home (listed under “What you’ll need”) will affect total values.
Ingredients contain
1 brown onion
brown onion
1 garlic clove
320g British chicken thighs
chicken thigh meat (100%)
40g cheddar cheese
pasteurised cows milk, cream, salt, vegetarian rennet, lactic acid culture
5g basil
basil (100%)
120g baby leaf spinach
1 Knorr chicken stock cube
Salt, potato starch, vegetable fats (palm, shea butter, sal butter), yeast extract, sugar, chicken fat (2%), chicken (1%), spices (turmeric, pepper CELERY seeds), flavourings, onion powder, maltodextrin, lemon juice powder, parsley, caramel syrup, antioxidant (extracts of rosemary).
150g orzo pasta
durum wheat semolina (gluten), water
1 soft cheese pot (50g)
cream, skimmed milk, salt, lactic acid culture
  • Allergens highlighted by † (milk, celery, gluten)

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.

Cooking Instructions
Instructions for 2 people (double for 4)
1 One-Pot Creamy Chicken & Spinach Orzo

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 thighs with a pinch of salt and pepper and cook for 3 min on each side or until browned

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Boil a kettle

Peel and finely dice the brown onion[s]

Peel and finely chop (or grate) the garlic

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Once the chicken thighs have browned, add the chopped onion and garlic and cook for 2-3 min or until beginning to soften

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Dissolve the Knorr chicken stock cube[s] in 400ml [700ml] boiled water and 100ml [150ml] milk – this is your stock

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Add the orzo pasta to the pan and cook for 1 min

Then add the stock and soft cheese and cook, covered, stirring frequently, for 10-12 min, or until the orzo is cooked with a slight bite

Tip: Stirring the orzo will release the starch from the pasta, making it creamier!

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While the orzo is cooking, grate the cheddar cheese

Chop the basil leaves finely

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Wash and pat the spinach dry with kitchen paper

Once the orzo is cooked, add the spinach and cook for a further 1-2 min, stirring until wilted

When the chicken is done (no pink meat!), shred it apart in the pan using two forks – this technique is known as ‘pulling’

Give everything a good mix up – this is your creamy chicken & spinach orzo


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