Quick Chicken & Vegetable Risoni recipe (Orzo) (2024)

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Tastes just like risotto…. except it’sfar quicker to make! Also known as Orzo, this risoni recipe comes with juicy chicken, a creamy parmesan sauce and plenty of hidden vegetables. It’s a quick one pot recipethe kids are sure to love. (And grown ups too!)

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Creamy Chicken and Vegetable Risoni (Orzo)

This is a quick dinner recipe that will tick all your boxes:

✅ fast and easy to make – 10 minute cook!
✅ made with everyday pantry staples
✅ highly customisable – use whatever vegetables and proteins you want
✅ complete meal – protein, vegetables, carbs, dairy!
✅ the sort of food that’s universally appealing, one that bigand little people love

Is there a difference between Orzo and Risoni?

Nope, they’re the same thing! Tiny rice shaped pasta that’s widely available nowadays, it’s calledrisoni here in Australia but most countries in the world call itorzo.

A quick Risoni recipe that’s a complete dinner made in one pot!

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How to make it

If you’re wondering how on earth this risoni recipe can be cooked so quickly, here’s why – risoni / orzo takes a mere 8 minutes to cook from start to finish.

So we only have it on the stove for 7 minutes, then the tiny rice-like grains keep cooking while you’re faffing around getting bowls out, serving it up, sprinkling on parmesan and yelling for everyone to get to the table for dinner. 😂

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This one pot method of cooking is an excellent quick-meal option for busy nights. It works for long strand pasta (like this One Pot Chicken Alfredo and One Pot Bolognese) as well as other short pastas (like in this One Pot Vegetable Pasta and Broccoli Pasta).

What you need

And here’s what you need for this Creamy Chicken and Vegetable Risoni. There’s plenty of substitution and customisation options – see below.

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LOADS of substitution options!

Loads and loads… even the risoni!

  • Risoni / orzo – sub with other very small pasta (like kiddie alphabet, tiny macaroni)

  • Chicken – any protein, or skip it

  • Frozen veg – I use this for convenience, sub withany diced vegetables

  • Baby Spinach – I throw in a couple of handles to get extra nutrition in. Use any wilt-able veggies (even the leafy end of Asian greens!) or add more veggies

  • Parmesan – any grated cheese!

  • Flour – any type of flour (white, brown, self raising, cake flour)

  • Milk – dairy or non dairy! Or a mix of cream and water, or evaporated milk

  • Chicken stock (broth) – stock cube with water. In emergencies, use water and lots more cheese! 😂

  • Onion – leeks, extra garlic, geen onion, shallots

  • Garlic – garlic powder, extra onion

This recipe makes enough for 4 to 5. Leftovers will keep for a few days – but note that leftover pasta is never quite as saucy. Or trymaking Muffin Tin Spaghetti Nestswith the leftovers which kids absolutely adore! ~ Nagi x

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More risoni / orzo recipes

I love risoni because it’s so quick to cook – making it super handy for quick dinners!

  • One Pot Italian Chicken Orzo / Risoni Pasta– cosy, saucy one pot chicken and risoni dinner

  • Orzo / Risoni Bolognaiseone pot bolognese pasta dish!

  • Greek Lemon Orzo Salad – a bright fresh pasta salad loaded with Greek flavours

  • Creamy Salmon Risoni / Orzo (15 Minute Meal)– tastes like risotto, except MUCH faster to make!

  • Creamy Mushroom and Spinach Orzo (Risoni) (One Pot)tastes like a creamy mushroom risotto

  • Baked Greek Chicken Orzo (Risoni)Greek chicken AND orzo made in one pot!

  • Pea, Zucchini and Pesto Orzo / Risoni– a wonderful quick side dish

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One Pot Chicken, Vegetable & Parmesan Orzo (Risoni)

Author: Nagi | RecipeTin Eats

Prep: 5 minutes mins

Cook: 10 minutes mins

Total: 15 minutes mins

Pasta

Western

4.96 from 68 votes

Servings4 – 5 people

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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1/2 onion , diced
  • 250g / 8oz chicken thigh or breast , cut into bite size pieces
  • 2 1/2 cups frozen diced vegetables (carrots, peas, corn, capsicum/peppers, anything!)
  • 1 1/2 cups orzo / risoni (Note 1)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp flour
  • 2 1/4 cups (565 ml) milk , any fat %
  • 2 cups (500 ml) chicken or vegetable stock / broth (low sodium)
  • 3 cups baby spinach (packed)
  • 3/4 cup (75g) parmesan (grated)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Serving

  • More parmesan
  • Parsley or chives, if desired

Instructions

  • Heat oil in a large pan over high heat. Make sure the pan is reasonably deep – around 5cm / 2.5″ or more. Otherwise, use a large pot.

  • Add garlic and onion, cook for 1 minute.

  • Add chicken, sprinkle with salt and pepper then cook for 2 minutes until cooked on the outside (raw inside).

  • Add frozen vegetables (still frozen ok) and flour, stir until flour is incorporated.

  • Add risoni/orzo, stock and milk, then stir well.

  • Bring to simmer then adjust heat so it’s bubbling gently (see video). Cook for 7 minutes (no lid), stirring every now and then, until risoni is almost tender (still quite soupy at this stage).

  • Add parmesan and spinach, stir through. Add salt and pepper to taste.

  • Consistency should be like a loose risotto (it absorbs liquid and thickens quite quickly when serving), nice and creamy.

  • Serve, garnished with parsley and more parmesan if desired!

Recipe Notes:

** Loads of substitutions and customisation options, see in post **

1. Risoni/orzo is a rice shaped pasta. Brilliant for quick meals because it cooks in about 8 minutes! 7 minutes on the stove, then while it’s being finished off.

2. Frozen veg – Feel free to switch the frozen veg with fresh. I used frozen for convenience because this is a handy super quick meal.

3. Leftovers will keep for a few days – but note that leftover pasta is never quite as saucy. Or trymaking Muffin Tin Spaghetti Nestswith the leftovers which kids absolutely adore!

4. Nutrition per serving, assuming 4 very big servings!

Nutrition Information:

Serving: 558gCalories: 536cal (27%)Carbohydrates: 64.5g (22%)Protein: 36.9g (74%)Fat: 15g (23%)Saturated Fat: 5.2g (33%)Cholesterol: 67mg (22%)Sodium: 858mg (37%)Potassium: 608mg (17%)Fiber: 5.3g (22%)Sugar: 14.7g (16%)Vitamin A: 7300IU (146%)Vitamin C: 94.1mg (114%)Calcium: 380mg (38%)Iron: 3.8mg (21%)

Keywords: orzo recipe, quick dinner, risoni

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Originally published June 2014. Updated June 2019 with fresh new photos, new writing, new video added and most importantly, Life of Dozer section added!

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  1. Quick Chicken & Vegetable Risoni recipe (Orzo) (8)Kathy says

    Quick Chicken & Vegetable Risoni recipe (Orzo) (9)
    Fabulous! I did add a good sprinkle of vegeta to it and sautéed a heap of fresh veg instead of frozen. Well done Nagi

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  2. Quick Chicken & Vegetable Risoni recipe (Orzo) (10)Veronica says

    Quick Chicken & Vegetable Risoni recipe (Orzo) (11)
    Delicious, fast and easy! Love the use of frozen vegetables – great for clearing out the freezer. 🙂 I will definitely make again!

    Reply

  3. Quick Chicken & Vegetable Risoni recipe (Orzo) (14)Susan King says

    Quick Chicken & Vegetable Risoni recipe (Orzo) (15)
    We love this one pot meal! I add extra chicken. It is a nice alternative to chicken noodle soup also 🙂

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  4. Quick Chicken & Vegetable Risoni recipe (Orzo) (17)Ian Archbell says

    Note that while many countries do use the terms or orzo and rusoni interchangeably, Risoni is more accurate as orzo actually means barley in Italian. So Italians would use Risoni not orzo as the term for the ingredient in this dish.

    Reply

  5. Quick Chicken & Vegetable Risoni recipe (Orzo) (18)Sharyn Harris says

    Quick Chicken & Vegetable Risoni recipe (Orzo) (19)
    Made this today absolutely delicious such a great comfort food for a cool night

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  6. Quick Chicken & Vegetable Risoni recipe (Orzo) (20)Lana says

    Quick Chicken & Vegetable Risoni recipe (Orzo) (21)
    Will definitely make again! Super easy, and made of staples we usually keep on hand. My toddler loved it. Forgot to pick up some garlic so seasoned the chicken with some garlic powder. Will add bacon next time too.

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  7. Quick Chicken & Vegetable Risoni recipe (Orzo) (22)Ron says

    yum…yum….
    Had some issues finding Risoni here in Morocco…..but found a sub….. worked great!!! Enjoy

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  8. Quick Chicken & Vegetable Risoni recipe (Orzo) (23)Lee-Anne Hanney says

    Quick Chicken & Vegetable Risoni recipe (Orzo) (24)
    New household favourite. My teen finished went back for 2nds and said you need to make this again.
    Had to stir while simmering due to sticking but other that everyone when perfect.

    Reply

  9. Quick Chicken & Vegetable Risoni recipe (Orzo) (25)Carolyn says

    Quick Chicken & Vegetable Risoni recipe (Orzo) (26)
    Delicious and empty bowls all round! Just love your recipes and love this warm comforting pasta that.’s easy to make meat free. I’m grateful for you!

    Reply

  10. Quick Chicken & Vegetable Risoni recipe (Orzo) (27)Tracy Wilkinson says

    Quick Chicken & Vegetable Risoni recipe (Orzo) (28)
    A tasty quick meal that satisfies a mid week meal with leftovers! Winning for everyone. Thanks Nagi ❤️❤️

    Reply

  11. Quick Chicken & Vegetable Risoni recipe (Orzo) (29)Sue Heddle says

    Quick Chicken & Vegetable Risoni recipe (Orzo) (30)
    An easy and nutritious feed enjoyed by all. Especially me because it keeps well for a few days. Thanks.

    Reply

  12. Quick Chicken & Vegetable Risoni recipe (Orzo) (31)Nean says

    Hi Nagi,

    Would this work for a group dinner (ie, made in advance for a shared dinner party)?

    But I will do it at home. Just concerned that it may get too overcooked while resting.

    Thanks, love your posts

    Reply

  13. Quick Chicken & Vegetable Risoni recipe (Orzo) (34)Sarah says

    Quick Chicken & Vegetable Risoni recipe (Orzo) (35)
    This one is on repeat in my house. My two year old loves it and so do I! Delicious and quick. Thank you.

    Reply

  14. Quick Chicken & Vegetable Risoni recipe (Orzo) (36)Paula says

    Thank you for this recipe! I know it says it serves 4 but it served one hungry husband for dinner and kept enough leftovers for him to bring lunch to work today! Will definitely make again! <3

    Reply

  15. Quick Chicken & Vegetable Risoni recipe (Orzo) (38)Kirsty Moore says

    Quick Chicken & Vegetable Risoni recipe (Orzo) (39)
    Made this tonight. Turned out so good. Love the Parmesan flavour Yum

    Off to find my next recipie 😁

    Reply

  16. Quick Chicken & Vegetable Risoni recipe (Orzo) (40)Beverley Greenaway says

    Loved it, I put a bit of lemon juice. Left out cheese and milk as it doesn’t agree with me. Next time I will put diced potatoes, chicken broth and no flour.

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  17. Quick Chicken & Vegetable Risoni recipe (Orzo) (42)Faith says

    My daughter LOVES LOVES LOVES this dish (so do I) so I make it often but maybe I’m doing something wrong: after I add the flour, the orzo always sticks to the bottom of the pot, every one minute I have to scrape the bottom to unstick the orzo… yes, it is a non-stick pot.

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    • Quick Chicken & Vegetable Risoni recipe (Orzo) (43)Nagi says

      If it is not a heavy duty non stick pot then it’s more likely to stick Faith. You will need to try a heavier pot or stir more often! N x

      Reply

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