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Creamy Baked Orzo & Peas With Crispy Chicken

Creamy Baked Orzo & Peas With Crispy Chicken

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Prep Time

35 min



This easy recipe is so light on washing up! Plus, by baking orzo in the oven, it has enough time to absorb all the creamy, flavourful stock before you serve it with crispy, succulent chicken thighs.

Prep Time

35 min



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For 2 people (double for 4)
British Chicken Thighs With Skin on - re-touch
320g British chicken thighs, skin on
5g dill
chicken stock cube (new 5/18)
1 Knorr chicken stock cube †
Orzo pasta
150g orzo pasta †
soft cheese2
1 soft cheese pot (50g) †
35g grated Italian hard cheese
35g grated Italian hard cheese †
1 Dijon mustard pot (18g) †
160g blanched peas
160g blanched peas
You Will Need
Oven-proof dish, pepper, salt, vegetable oil

Nutritional Information*

Percentages are based on an adult's daily intake

  • 320g British chicken thighs, skin on
  • 5g dill
  • 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>
  • 35g grated Italian hard cheese<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 1 Dijon mustard pot (18g)<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 160g blanched peas
Typical Values per 100g per serving
Energy 1001 kJ
239 kcal
3750 kJ
895 kcal
of which saturates
11.8 g
4.4 g
44 g
16.7 g
of which sugars
19 g
2.9 g
71.1 g
11 g
Fibre 2.6 g 9.6 g
Protein 14.2 g 53.2 g
Salt 0.89 g 3.32 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
320g British chicken thighs, skin on
chicken thigh meat (100%)
5g dill
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
35g grated Italian hard cheese
pasteurised cow's milk, starter culture, salt, microbial rennet
1 Dijon mustard pot (18g)
water, mustard seed, spirit vinegar, salt, citric acid
160g blanched peas
  • Allergens highlighted by † (celery, gluten, milk, mustard)

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)

Preheat the oven to 220°C/ 200°C (fan)/ 425°F/ Gas 7

Boil a kettle

Add the orzo pasta to an ovenproof dish


Dissolve the Knorr chicken stock cube[s] in 400ml [800ml] boiled water

Stir through the Dijon mustard and soft cheese – this is your creamy stock


Pour the creamy stock over the orzo pasta and put the dish in the oven for 10 min

Tip: Make sure your oven is at temperature before you put the dish in!


Heat a large, wide-based pan (preferably non-stick) over medium-high heat with a drizzle of vegetable oil

Pat the chicken thighs dry with kitchen paper and season them generously on both sides with salt and pepper

Once hot, add the chicken, skin-side down, and cook for 7-8 min or until the skins have browned and crisped


Meanwhile, chop the dill finely, including the stalks


Once the orzo has had 10 min, remove the dish from the oven

Add the blanched peas, most of the chopped dill (save some for garnish!) and half the grated Italian hard cheese

Season with a generous grind of black pepper and give everything a good mix up


Top the orzo with the crispy chicken thighs (skin side up)

Return the dish to the oven for 15-20 min or until the chicken is cooked through (no pink meat!) – this is your creamy baked orzo & peas

Use this time to clear up, set the table, have a cup of tea or simply chill!


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Serve the creamy baked orzo & peas topped with the crispy chicken

Sprinkle over the remaining grated Italian hard cheese and chopped dill


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