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Chicken with Tomatoes and Orzo

This Chicken with Tomatoes and Orzo is an exclusive recipe from Annabel’s Baby-Led Weaning Recipe Book

Is it pasta? Is it rice? If you haven’t used orzo before it looks like rice but it is in fact pasta and has a soft texture which is perfect for little ones. Sweet smoked paprika, balsamic vinegar and fresh thyme make this a tasty meal for the whole family.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Makes: 4 child portions
Great for:  Baby Recipes Toddler Recipes 12-18 Months 18 Months-2 Years Family Recipes
Suitable for Freezing
3 tbsp olive oil
1 red onion, diced
1 sweet red pepper, deseeded and finely diced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp sweet smoked paprika
1 tsp soft brown sugar (optional, for babies 12 months +)
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
125g orzo pasta
450ml hot unsalted or weak chicken stock
250g passata (sieved tomatoes)
1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
10 cherry tomatoes, quartered
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips or 2 ready cooked chicken breasts
A handful of basil leaves (optional)
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a deep frying pan, add the onion and pepper and fry for 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic and paprika and fry for 30 seconds, then add the sugar, balsamic vinegar and orzo. Stir to coat the pasta in the mixture, then add the stock and passata. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, until the pasta is cooked and most of the liquid has been absorbed.
  3. Add the thyme and cherry tomatoes and stir until the tomatoes have softened slightly.
  4. Season the chicken strips with salt and pepper (if using) and fry them in the remaining oil until lightly golden and cooked through. Alternatively add the ready cooked chicken cut into strips and heat through.
  5. Add them to the pasta and serve with steamed broccoli florets and baby carrots if you wish. Chop the basil leaves and add with the chicken (if using).

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