Orzo, chicken and sage simmer pot

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PREP TIME

10 min

Makes

4 to 5 servings

* PLUS Cooking time: 17 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves , or 1 tbsp bottled chopped garlic
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 tbsp dried sage leaves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 796-mL can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 500-g pkg orzo , about 1 1/2 cups
  • 170-g bag baby spinach , about 4 cups
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan , optional

Instructions

  • Slice chicken into large bite-size pieces. Lightly coat a large wide saucepan with oil and set over medium-high heat. Add chicken and stir-fry until golden-tinged, 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, mince garlic and chop onion, then add to pan. Stir often until onion begins to soften, 2 to 3 minutes. Crumble sage overtop and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Stir in tomatoes and water. Bring to a boil.
  • Stir in orzo. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer, uncovered and stirring often, until most of liquid is absorbed, about 10 minutes. Stir in spinach, then remove from heat. Cover and let stand until liquid is absorbed, 3 to 5 minutes. Spoon into bowls and sprinkle with Parmesan.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 300,
  • Protein
  • 21.7 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 49.3 g,
  • Fat
  • 2.2 g,
  • Fibre
  • 5.3 g,
  • Sodium
  • 531 mg.

Chunks of moist chicken and orzo (rice-shaped pasta) cooked with sage and tomatoes make this a saucy, satisfying one-bowl meal. It’s sure to become a family favourite.

Nutrient-packed canned tomatoes

This is the time of year to open a can of tomatoes. Compared to fresh, canned tomatoes have more iron, potassium and lycopene, a plant pigment linked to aiding the prevention of heart disease.