This can be a cosy rooster risoni (orzo) that’s a whole one pot meal: risoni in a creamy tomato parmesan sauce with swirls of spinach and pops of nutty chickpeas with juicy pan seared rooster breast, sprinkled liberally with crispy salami bits. Describing the dish is prolonged. The making half just isn’t!

One pan chicken creamy tomato risoni with crispy salami (orzo)

One pan creamy tomato rooster risoni with crispy salami

This dish got here into existence as a result of I had a stick of salami left within the fridge and wished to make a dinner out of it. I did find yourself going to the grocery retailer for rooster and child spinach and risoni, however that’s not the purpose! *She declares insistently* 😂

The purpose is that I at all times really feel like salami is an neglected ingredient in cooking and I wished to make use of it in a dinner. For those who take the time to consider it (and these are the kind of issues I go to sleep dreaming about), it’s bought the identical traits as bacon and chorizo: salty, fries up crispy, and makes the whole lot higher. Bonus: it doesn’t spit fiery little bits of fats in your arms if you prepare dinner it (I’m obtrusive at YOU bacon!).

Crispy salami

So, right now’s recipe began with salami. And ended with a risoni in a creamy tomato-parmesan sauce with spinach and nutty pops of chickpeas stirred by way of, topped with juicy slices of seasoned rooster.

It’s very cosy, very simple, very scrumptious, and really a lot a crowd-pleaser that everyone will love.

One pan chicken creamy tomato risoni with crispy salami (orzo)

What you want for this One Pan Hen Risoni

Right here’s what you have to make right now’s rooster risoni.

Seasoned rooster

One pan chicken creamy tomato risoni with crispy salami (orzo) ingredients

This mixture of spices provides a pleasant savoury flavour to the rooster in addition to giving it a heat pink tinge. Don’t fear if you happen to don’t have sage, simply depart it out. I do know it’s not a pantry staple for most individuals, although if you happen to’ve made my home made pork sausage patties it is best to discover it at nighttime corners of your pantry. 🙂 (Or home made Sausage and Egg McMuffins, the pork seasoning combine or rooster burger, for that matter.)

The creamy tomato risoni

The hero ingredient right here is the salami which we fry up golden and crispy, then use the fats that renders out to prepare dinner the rooster and the risoni sauce. Win, win, win!

One pan chicken creamy tomato risoni with crispy salami (orzo) ingredients
  • Salami – I exploit a stick of salami so it may be lower into chunky batons. Fries up crispy on the skin with an honest meaty chew to it. Pre-sliced salami will even work however you’ll have a bigger quantity and they are going to be crispier, as a result of the slices are thinner. Not a foul factor, and useful as a result of no have to peel the paper off the salami and half the chopping has already been accomplished for you. Substitute with streaky bacon or chorizo. Each have comparable frying-up and consuming qualities!

  • Risoni – Additionally known as orzo, small rice-shaped pasta. Discover it within the pasta aisle. I prefer it as a result of it’s small so it cooks shortly, it’s simpler to make use of in one-pot dishes than bigger pastas, and there’s no have to relaxation it after cooking like rice. You’ll want 250g/8oz which is half a regular dimension 500g/1lb packet. Use the opposite half for any of those risoni/orzo recipes!

  • Chickpeas – I added the chickpeas on a whim so as to add some textural curiosity and a few pretty nutty flavour. It’s additionally bought extra dietary worth than risoni pasta (extra fibre, protein and it’s low GI) and it takes no effort to crack open a can – so why wouldn’t we? 🙂 Substitute with different beans or simply depart them out.

  • Hen inventory/broth – The risoni cooking liquid, else the sauce and risoni is bland. Vegetable inventory works nicely too. I exploit retailer purchased, however if you happen to use home made rooster or vegetable inventory, I’ll beam with delight!

  • Cream – Simply 3/4 of a cup which we stir in on the finish for a creamy contact. As a result of we’re not counting on the cream to thicken the sauce (the starch within the risoni takes care of this for us), be at liberty to make use of low fats cream or evaporated milk.

  • Parmesan – This provides a success of savoury flavour into the sauce. It doesn’t make it tacky.

  • Child spinach or kale – For stirring in on the finish. Our veg quota!

  • Garlic and onion – Fragrant flavour base.

Non-compulsory extras

Listed below are elective extras so as to add into the recipe, in case you have them. Don’t make a particular journey to the shop. Rationalization beneath!

One pan chicken creamy tomato risoni with crispy salami (orzo) ingredients

I added these within the first time I made this risoni as a result of I had them and so they wanted utilizing up: just a few limp stems of basil, an growing old jar of solar dried tomatoes and wine (nicely, this was at all times going for use up – in cooking or in any other case!). Wine for deglazing the pan, solar dried tomatoes stirred into the risoni and basil for sprinkling.

Then the second time, I didn’t have them, and the dish was nonetheless tremendous, tremendous scrumptious.

Whereas there’s no denying that they add much more to the dish, I take into account these elective extras. Don’t exit particularly to purchase them. Simply use them if you happen to’ve bought them!

Find out how to make this one-pan rooster risoni

Heads up: this isn’t the primary time I’ve fried up salami in a recipe and it’ll not be the final! Strive it as soon as and I wager you’ll be hooked too.

How to make One pan chicken creamy tomato risoni with crispy salami (orzo)
  1. Season rooster – Cut up every rooster breast in half horizontally so you have got 4 skinny steaks in complete. Thinner = cooks by way of extra evenly (no dry outer band). Combine the spice combine collectively then sprinkle on both sides of the rooster.

  2. Crispy salami – Begin off by cooking the salami till crispy and golden. This takes about 2 – 3 minutes over medium excessive warmth. Take away right into a paper towel lined bowl utilizing a slotted spoon to depart the salami fats within the pan. We’re going to make use of this to prepare dinner the rooster – free flavour!

    ℹ️ You want a pan massive sufficient to carry within the liquid to prepare dinner the risoni, a minimum of 26cm/10.5″ broad. I exploit a 30cm/12″ non-stick pan that’s 7cm / 2.8″ deep. I’ve this Pyrolux one (Australian retailer, not an affiliate hyperlink). I particularly prefer it as a result of it comes with a lid.

How to make One pan chicken creamy tomato risoni with crispy salami (orzo)
  1. Sear rooster – In the identical pan, prepare dinner the rooster for 3 minutes on both sides till deep golden and cooked by way of. The inner temperature ought to be 67°C/153°F. It’s going to rise to 71°C/160°F after resting. Take away the rooster onto a plate and loosely cowl with foil to maintain heat.

  2. Sauté & deglaze – Nonetheless in the identical pan (one pot cooking, bear in mind!), sauté the onion and garlic. Then deglaze* the pan utilizing the white wine (if utilizing, it’s elective), simmering quickly till virtually evaporated.

*This implies dissolving the tasty gold bits left on the bottom of the pan from searing the rooster and salami into the wine. It’s free flavour and can make our sauce tastier!

How to make One pan chicken creamy tomato risoni with crispy salami (orzo)
  1. Add the whole lot else – Cook dinner off the tomato paste for 1 minute, simply to take the uncooked bitter edge off it. Then stir to coat the risoni within the tomato paste, add the inventory, chickpeas, salt and pepper.

  2. Cook dinner 8 minutes – Carry to a simmer, then prepare dinner for 8 minutes, stirring each minute, till the risoni is nearly cooked. At first, the range ought to be on medium excessive so the liquid is simmering. However because the inventory is absorbed and the combination will get thicker, decrease the warmth to medium so the bottom doesn’t catch. The combination ought to be pretty oozy, however don’t fear if yours is a little bit thick because the cream will loosen it up.

  3. Cream + wilt spinach – Add the cream, parmesan, solar dried tomatoes (if utilizing) and spinach. Stir till the spinach is wilted. The risoni ought to nonetheless be superbly oozy.

  4. Serving – Reduce the rooster into thick slices. Spoon the risoni into bowls, prime with rooster, crispy salami, sprinkle of additional parmesan and basil (if utilizing). Then dig in!

    (The choice choice is to serve it help-yourself type on a giant platter: risoni topped with rooster, sprinkled with salami, parmesan and basil)

Chicken with creamy tomato chickpea risoni
One pan chicken creamy tomato risoni with crispy salami (orzo)

Yum. I like recipes like this. Simply one thing that I made up on the fly someday, maybe an uncommon mixture of elements (salami + risoni + chickpeas??).

But it surely simply works. It’s simple to make. It’s 100% scrumptious and the kind of meals that everyone loves!

I hope you give it a go. Let me know what you assume if you happen to do! – Nagi xx

PS OK, perhaps not everyone. Not low-carbers and never gluten-free. Not vegetarians, vegans, these on low-gi or lactose free diets. However saying “that is the kind of meals non-dieters with out meals allergy symptoms love!” simply doesn’t have the identical ring to it. 😂

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One pan chicken creamy tomato risoni with crispy salami (orzo)

One pot rooster risoni with crispy salami (orzo)

Servings4 – 5 individuals

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Recipe video above. Risoni – also referred to as orzo – in a creamy tomato parmesan sauce with juicy slices of seasoned rooster and plenty of superior crispy bits of golden salami! The higher bacon – bolder flavour, and it does not spit if you’re cooking it. 🙂 The addition of chickpeas provides a tender nutty crunch and one other layer of texture to this one-pan marvel that is a comfortable bowl of deliciousness! Complete crowd pleaser.


Creamy tomato parmesan risoni (orzo):


  • Spice Combine – Combine the elements in a small bowl then sprinkle each side of the rooster.

  • Crispy salami – Warmth the oil in a big non-stick pan over medium excessive warmth. Cook dinner the salami for two minutes, stirring always, till crispy and golden. Take away right into a paper towel lined bowl utilizing a slotted spoon, leaving the tasty salami fats within the pan.

  • Cook dinner rooster – In the identical pan, prepare dinner the rooster for 3 minutes on both sides till darkish golden and simply cooked by way of (inside temperature 67°C/153°F). Take away onto a plate and canopy loosely with foil to maintain heat.

  • Sauté – Nonetheless on medium excessive, prepare dinner the garlic and onion for 1 1/2 minutes till the onion is translucent. Add the wine and let it simmer quickly for a few minutes till largely evaporated, stirring to dissolve the fond (gold bits) on the bottom of the pan into the wine.

  • Risoni (orzo) – Add the tomato paste and stir for 1 minute to prepare dinner out the bitter uncooked flavour. Add the risoni and stir to coat within the tomato paste. Add the chickpeas, rooster inventory, salt, pepper.

  • Simmer – Carry to a simmer, then prepare dinner for 8 minutes, stirring each minute or so, till the risoni is nearly cooked. Decrease the warmth to medium because it will get thicker so the bottom does not catch.

  • Cream & spinach – Add the cream, parmesan, spinach and solar dried tomatoes (if utilizing). Stir till the spinach is wilted then take away from the warmth. The risoni ought to be oozy and tender. (Nonetheless agency? Notice 6)

  • End – Reduce the rooster into thick slices. (Bit cool? Notice 7) Spoon risoni into bowls. High with the rooster, sprinkle with numerous crispy salami, parmesan and basil (if utilizing). Dig in!

Recipe Notes:

1. Bacon and chorizo will each present comparable flavour pops on this dish in addition to tasty oil to prepare dinner the rooster in.
2. Hen – Skinless, boneless rooster thighs or tenderloins can be used, round 500 – 600g / 1 – 1.2lb.
3. Wine – Deglazing the pan with wine provides a slight edge of additional flavour. But it surely’s nonetheless very tasty with out.
4.  Risoni (aka orzo) – Small rice formed pasta, discover it within the pasta aisle. You’ll want half a regular 500g/1 lb packet, use the remainder for an additional risoni recipe! Rice and many others – Recipe as written gained’t work with rice, quinoa or dried beans. Nonetheless, it ought to work with different very small pasta, like alphabet or star pasta.
5. Basil and solar dried tomatoes – these do add an additional sparkle to this dish however don’t make a particular journey to the shop for both as a result of it’s 100% nice with out. I solely added them as a result of I had an growing old jar of solar dried tomatoes within the fridge and some limp stalks of basil that wanted utilizing.
6. Risoni not cooked?  Add a splash of sizzling water and maintain cooking. Risoni is so tiny, it cooks actually shortly.
7. Warming rooster – If the rooster has cooled a bit an excessive amount of on your style, plonk it on prime of the risoni and depart it for 30 seconds to heat by way of. Then take huge scoops of risoni + rooster to serve into bowls.
Leftovers will maintain for 3 to 4 days within the fridge. Pasta just isn’t the very best for freezing nevertheless it does work (3 months). The risoni is actually tasty to eat even with out the rooster.
Diet per serving. It’s a beneficiant quantity! 

Diet Data:

Energy: 623cal (31%)Carbohydrates: 49g (16%)Protein: 42g (84%)Fats: 28g (43%)Saturated Fats: 13g (81%)Polyunsaturated Fats: 3gMonounsaturated Fats: 9gTrans Fats: 0.01gLdl cholesterol: 126mg (42%)Sodium: 1497mg (65%)Potassium: 1372mg (39%)Fiber: 6g (25%)Sugar: 7g (8%)Vitamin A: 3847IU (77%)Vitamin C: 17mg (21%)Calcium: 174mg (17%)Iron: 4mg (22%)

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