Creamy Chicken Vegetable Orzo in a skillet, fresh off the stove. Quick one pot chicken dinner - 15 minutes!
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One Pot Chicken, Vegetable & Parmesan Orzo (Risoni)

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Pasta
Cuisine: Western
Keyword: orzo recipe, quick dinner, risoni
Servings: 4 - 5 people
Calories: 536kcal
Author: Nagi | RecipeTin Eats


  • 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


  • More parmesan
  • Parsley or chives, if desired


  • 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!


** 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 try making Muffin Tin Spaghetti Nests with the leftovers which kids absolutely adore!
4. Nutrition per serving, assuming 4 very big servings!


Serving: 558g | Calories: 536kcal | Carbohydrates: 64.5g | Protein: 36.9g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 5.2g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 858mg | Potassium: 608mg | Fiber: 5.3g | Sugar: 14.7g | Vitamin A: 7300IU | Vitamin C: 94.1mg | Calcium: 380mg | Iron: 3.8mg