Creamy Cacio e Pepe Orzo Risotto with Rosemary Chicken

Creamy Cacio e Pepe orzo risotto is a super easy and completely delicious dinner served with juicy lemon rosemary chicken breasts.

Creamy Cacio e Pepe Orzo with Rosemary Chicken

Ingredients

Full recipe with amounts can be found in the recipe card below.

  • Olive oil.
  • Onion.
  • Garlic. 
  • Orzo.
  • White wine. Substitute with stock and a squeeze of lemon juice.
  • Chicken stock/broth.
  • Cream. Heavy/whipping cream.
  • Parmesan cheese. 
  • Pepper. 
  • Salt. 
  • Chicken breasts. 
  • Fresh rosemary. 
  • Paprika.
  • Lemon juice.

Cacio e pepe orzo

How to make cacio e pepe orzo risotto

  1. Marinate the chicken: Mix together the olive oil, lemon juice, rosemary, garlic, paprika, salt and pepper. Carefully slice the chicken in half, resulting in two thin cutlets. Pour the marinade over the chicken and allow to marinate while you make the orzo risotto.
  2. Make the orzo risotto: In a large, deep pan or braiser, heat the olive oil. Add the onion and garlic and cook until soft and fragrant. Add the orzo white wine and allow to reduce. Pour in the stock and cream then season with salt and pepper. Reduce the heat and partially cover with a lid then allow to simmer for 10 minutes until the orzo is cooked and creamy. Add the Parmesan cheese and adjust seasoning if necessary.
  3. Cook the chicken: In a large pan set over high heat, cook the chicken for 2-3 minutes per side until golden and cooked through.
  4. Serve: Serve the orzo with the chicken with lemon wedges and extra Parmesan grated over the top.

Can I make orzo risotto ahead?

The chicken can be marinated up to 24 hours in advance. The risotto can be made a few hours in advance however a good idea is to undercook the orzo if you plan on making it ahead. The orzo will continue absorbing liquid as it sits so undercooking it will prevent it from being overcooked and mushy when you reheat it. Reheat the orzo with a splash of stock until hot throughout before serving.

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Cacio e pepe orzo with lemon rosemary chicken

Creamy Cacio e Pepe Orzo Risotto with Rosemary Chicken

Creamy Cacio e Pepe orzo risotto is a super easy and completely delicious dinner served with juicy lemon rosemary chicken breasts.
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Cacio e pepe, orzo recipe, Orzo risotto
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Calories: 439kcal
Author: Alida Ryder
Servings: 4

Ingredients

For the orzo risotto

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ onion finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves crushed
  • 2 cups orzo
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup cream
  • tsp black pepper
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • salt to taste

For the chicken

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp rosemary finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper

Instructions

  • Mix together the olive oil, lemon juice, rosemary, garlic, paprika, salt and pepper.
  • Carefully slice the chicken in half, resulting in two thin cutlets.
  • Pour the marinade over the chicken and allow to marinate while you make the orzo risotto.
  • In a large, deep pan or braiser, heat the olive oil. Add the onion and garlic and cook until soft and fragrant.
  • Add the orzo white wine and allow to reduce. Pour in the stock and cream then season with salt and pepper.
  • Reduce the heat and partially cover with a lid then allow to simmer for 10 minutes until the orzo is cooked and creamy. Add the Parmesan cheese and adjust seasoning if necessary.
  • In a large pan set over high heat, cook the chicken for 2-3 minutes per side until golden and cooked through.
  • Serve the orzo with the chicken with lemon wedges and extra Parmesan grated over the top.

Nutrition

Calories: 439kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 763mg | Potassium: 665mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 262IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 111mg | Iron: 2mg

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