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Cajun Chicken Orzo

This cheesy Cajun chicken orzo pairs ground chicken with the Cajun holy trinity, garlic, lemon juice, Tabasco hot sauce, orzo, and two kinds of cheese to make a hearty one skillet meal.

bowl of Cajun chicken orzo topped with cheddar cheese

There’s a recipe card below for you to print. Drop any questions you have in the comments below.

If you’re looking for another recipe to make with orzo, check out my brown butter mushroom and ground turkey orzo next. And if love this Cajun ground chicken and orzo, I always appreciate recipe reviews!

Yield: 8 Servings

Cajun Chicken Orzo

cast iron skillet with cheddar cheese topped Cajun chicken orzo

Ground chicken and orzo join forces in one skillet with the Cajun trinity and seasoning, Tabasco, two types of cheese, and fresh herbs.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon Olive Oil, divided
  • 1 pound Ground Chicken
  • 1 large White Onion, diced
  • 4 hearts Celery, diced
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper, diced
  • 4 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Cajun Seasoning
  • 2 1/2 cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Tabasco Hot Sauce
  • 1 1/3 cup (220g) Orzo

For Finishing

  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 2 oz Grated Parmesan
  • 1-2 handfuls Freshly Chopped Parsley
  • 2-3 Scallions, thinly sliced
  • 4 oz Shredded Cheddar Cheese


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat with 1/2 tablespoon olive oil. Once hot, add the ground chicken and brown one side for 3-4 minutes before flipping and pushing to one side of the pan.
  2. Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil, followed by the onion, celery, bell pepper, garlic, and cajun seasoning. Stir everything together with the chicken and cook until the chicken is fully cooked.
  3. Add the orzo, hot sauce, lemon juice, and chicken broth, stirring everything together. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the orzo is cooked and little liquid remains, about 12 minutes. (Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of broth if needed.)
  4. Turn off the heat and stir in the milk, parmesan, and herbs. Top with the cheddar cheese and cover to melt or place under the broiler for 3-5 minutes. Serve with fresh lemon juice and additional hot sauce, if desired.


Even with the hot sauce, this is a milder dish. Feel free to add ground cayenne pepper to the cajun seasoning or more hot sauce.

If you don't have orzo on hand, any rice should work fine as a substitute. You can also use pasta. See my one pan bacon cheeseburger pasta or cheesy ricotta ground turkey pasta for examples.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

about 8 oz

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 300Total Fat: 11gCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 25g


Thursday 23rd of February 2023

For the grated Parmesan, are you talking about the pregrated kind, or freshly grated? And what milk did you use for your macros - 2%, while, or nonfat? Thank you in advance!

Mason Woodruff

Saturday 25th of February 2023

I used freshly grated, but pre-grated should work okay. And for the macros, I believe I used skim milk.

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