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Chicken & Chorizo Orzo

Yields1 Serving

This simple pan of comfort food consisting of crispy skinned chicken with a silky smooth paprika sauce and pasta. Cooking the orzo in the oven in the tomato sauce really gives it a velvety texture, you will know exactly what I mean when you try. Orzo is a pasta, although it looks remarkably like grains of rice. The starch it releases whilst it cook seeps into the sauce giving it a liquid velvet consistency. If you like your food spicy then please do use a spicy chorizo sausage and if you don't use a sweet smoked paprika style chorizo instead, you can if you like add a few chilli flakes if you want a mild heat.

Chicken & Chorizo Orzo

 8 Chicken thighs
 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
 1 tbsp Olive oil
 1 Onion
 3 Cloves garlic, peeled
 1 tsp Dried oregano
 Grated zest of 1 orange
 200 g Chorizo, chopped into small pieces
 300 g Orzo pasta
 1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes
 500 ml Water
 Salt & course cracked black pepper
 Small bunch parsley, chopped

Sprinkle the skin side of the chicken thighs with smoked paprika. Add the oil to a shallow casserole and place over a high heat. Place the chicken skin side down in the hot pan and cook for 4 - 5 minutes until the skin bronzes. Then transfer to a plate and set aside.


Meanwhile, chop the onion. Using the pan the chicken was browned in, turn the heat under the pan to low and add the onion. Stir the onions in the orange oil until they begin to become translucent. Using a fine grater, mince the garlic cloves into the pan as well as the orange zestand add the dried oregano and chopped chorizo sausage. Continue to cook for another minute until the oil from the chorizo begins to be released from the sausage.


Stir the orzo into the pan. Stir in the can of tomatoes and water scraping any bits up from the bottom of the pan as you do.


Using tongs, transfer the chicken thighs back into the pan skin side up. Allow it to come back to boiling point, then put the lid on and transfer to the oven cook for 1 hour, 45 minutes with the lid on and a further 15 minutes with the lid off.


Allow to sit for 10 minutes before serving. stir up the orzo between the chicken thighs and to release the sticky bits from the bottom. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve.