One-Pot Mexican Chicken & Orzo (And A Book – My Life Inscribed)
At the Corner of Happy and Harried
At the Corner of Happy and Harried
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  • 5 mins Cook time
  • 30 mins Total time
  • 35 mins A cheesy, easy peasy one
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  • ½ tsp Black pepper powder - ¼ tsp Red bell pepper - 1, sliced thinly Onion - 1 large, chopped Garlic - 3 cloves, finely chopped Orzo pasta - 1 cup Tomato paste - 2 tbsp Tomato - 1, chopped Cayenne powder - 1 tsp Dried oregano - ½ tsp Chicken stock - 2 cups Sweet corn - ½ cup or 1 small can, drained Pinto beans or black beans - ½ cup or 1 small can, drained Shredded cheese - ½ cup, plus extra for serving Cilantro - 2 tbsp, chopped Lime - 1, cut into wedges for serving How to: Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large, deep pan. Add chicken, sprinkle salt and black pepper and cook chicken till brown on all sides. This should take around 5 minutes on medium-high heat. Remove to a plate and set aside. Heat another tablespoon of oil. Add red peppers and any other vegetables you wish to use. Saute for a couple of minutes, remove to the plate with the chicken. Now heat the third tablespoon of oil. Add onions and garlic and saute till onions are soft and garlic is fragrant. Now add the orzo and fry lightly for a minute, stirring constantly. Add tomato paste, chopped tomato, cayenne powder and oregano. Stir well to combine. Add the chicken stock, bring to a boil and cook uncovered on medium heat. Stir once in a while. When orzo is halfway done, around 7-8 minutes, return chicken and peppers to the pot. Stir in beans and corn as well. Cook till all the liquid is absorbed and orzo is soft. Add more stock or water if required. Stir in the cheese and cilantro leaves and remove from heat. Keep covered till ready to serve. Serve warm with more cheese and wedges of lime on the side. Notes: 1. The chicken stock does a good job of seasoning the orzo. But you can always taste and adjust seasoning to your liking.2. Feel free to add more cayenne powder as per taste. I have kept it relatively mild so that it appeals to kids as well.3. You can also add any other vegetables you like. 3.4.3177



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