One-Pot Creamy Tomato Risoni with Chicken


One-Pot Creamy Tomato Risoni with Chicken

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This One-Pot Creamy Tomato Risoni with Chicken is a culinary gem that effortlessly transforms your midweek dinner into a delightful gourmet experience. This dish is a testament to simplicity and bold flavours. This one-pot wonder seamlessly melds marinated chicken tenderloins, risoni pasta, and vibrant cherry tomatoes into a creamy tomato symphony, achieving a perfect harmony of big flavours and freshness. The best part? It’s ready in under 30 minutes, making it an ideal choice for a stress-free midweek dinner that doesn’t compromise on taste. 

Nutrition Profile:

  • Protein Powerhouse: The chicken tenderloins provide a high-quality source of lean protein, essential for tissue repair, muscle maintenance, and overall growth.

  • Carbohydrate Balance: Risoni pasta delivers complex carbohydrates, offering sustained energy release while keeping blood sugar levels stable.

  • Fiber-Rich Veggies: The inclusion of zucchini and peas adds dietary fiber, supporting digestive health and providing a feeling of fullness.

  • Tomato’s Nutrient Bounty: Cherry tomatoes contribute vitamins like A, C, and K, as well as antioxidants such as lycopene, known for its potential role in reducing the risk of chronic diseases.

  • Creamy Yet Balanced: The creamy sauce, made with Philadelphia cooking cream, offers a satisfying texture while adding a touch of indulgence.

  • Herb Boost: Dried oregano and thyme not only enhance flavor but also provide small amounts of essential nutrients and antioxidants.

  • Optional Parmesan: Parmesan cheese, when used in moderation, lends a savory note and a source of calcium and protein.

one pot orzo

One-Pot Creamy Tomato Risoni with Chicken

Creamy Tomato Risoni with Chicken is a culinary sensation that blends succulent chicken tenderloins, risoni pasta, and zesty cherry tomatoes together in a deliciously creamy sauce. Topped with fresh basil and a sprinkle of Parmesan, it's the flavour party you can whip up in just one pot.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Dinner, Entertaining, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Fusion, Italian
Servings 6


  • 500 g chicken tenderloins
  • 300 g risoni pasta also known as orzo
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion finely diced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic crushed
  • 200 g mushrooms sliced
  • 1 400g can of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 large zucchini cut into half moons
  • 1.5 cups green peas fresh or frozen
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh basil leaves for garnishing
  • Parmesan cheese for garnishing

Chicken Marinade:

  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • In a bowl, combine the ingredients for your chicken, including the minced garlic, dried thyme, dried oregano, olive oil, salt, and pepper, and coat the chicken tenderloins.
  • In a large skillet or fry pan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the marinated chicken tenderloins and cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side, until just cooked through and nicely browned. Once cooked, remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside.
  • In the same skillet, add the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the chopped onion and sauté until translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Add the minced garlic and sauté for an additional 1 minute.
  • Add the sliced mushrooms to the skillet and cook for about 3-4 minutes, until they start to soften.
  • Add the risoni pasta, and pour in the can of cherry tomatoes, including their juices. Top with about 2 cups of boiling water, or until just covered. Stir in the dried oregano and dried thyme and season with salt and pepper.
  • Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer, constantly mixing to ensure it doesn’t stick or clump. Add in your Philadelphia cooking cream (or regular cream) and mix it through.
  • After the risoni has simmered for about 5 minutes, add the zucchini to the skillet. Stir to incorporate it into the mixture and simmer for another 5 minutes.
  • By now the pasta should be al dente, so stir in the green peas until heated through and the risoni is creamy and tender.
  • Add the cooked chicken tenderloins back to the skillet to bring them back up to temperature.
  • Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper as needed.
  • Served garnished with fresh basil and grated parmesan cheese.
Keyword apd, dietitian, marianne hudson, Nutritionist, one-pot orzo, one-pot recipes, one-pot risoni, orzo, pasta, risoni


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