Another one-pan show-stopper! But this time we’re going the Texish-Mexish route. (it’s a thing.)
I’ll tell you the background of how this recipe came to be. (you’re like, “you don’t have to.) I was perusing the pantry a while back, trying to find something for something else, when I found the green enchilada sauce next to the can of diced chiles. And the ORZO was right below it on another shelf. And I was like, “Hmmmmm. That would be good.” And then I remembered some JALAPENO-flavored chicken sausages in my freezer. And it was like, “Hey now there we go.”
It’s a gift, my compelling storytelling.
I’ve got a few of these one-pan orzo wonders on my site. Make your way through this one first, then try the one with chicken and sun-dried tomatoes! It’s truly a favorite around here. And then try the one with grains and broccolini. CRAZY delish.
But for now, let’s go this Tex-Mex route. It’s like enchiladas meets a skillet sausage party. I shouldn’t have typed out the words sausage party just now. My friend Lacy is going to text me later, “Just no.”
Another pantry-friendly weeknight pal, but with some fresh toppings added in for vibrancy. You know the drill these days.
First up just slice and sear the chicken sausages. If you can’t find any jalapeno flavored ones, just grab a flavor that you love and I’m sure the world will not blow up. You WILL be putting Mexican flavors in this with the chiles and enchilada sauce, so just amend if you need to.
Add a green bell pepper and sauté it for a nano.
And then it’s really just so dern (my mom says dern – remember?) simple from here on out. You’ll add dried orzo, the canned chiles, the enchilada sauce and two cups chicken stock. Brilliant, dahling.
Give that a stir to fully incorporate, with a nice peench (my sister says peench – remember?) of salt to carry the flavors, slap a lid on it and reduce the heat to a medium-low. Simmer for 20-25 minutes, you know, nothing aggressive. But HARK THIS – get your wooden spoon in there every five minutes to make sure nothing is sticking on the bottom. You want all that orzo to absorb the liquid, becoming a creamy-ish skillet of blisseroo.
And I think we got there.
At this point, squeeze half the lime in and give it all a gently stir. Lil’ bit of citrus lurve. ‘Atta girl.
Jush it up with fanned-out avocado BECAUSE WHY NOT, some torn cilantro leaves here and there, some freshly diced tomato (because I had one left and it was going to go bad otherwise but it’s totally optional.), and you’re set, Chet.
(I have a friend named Chet so that was for him. He doesn’t read my blog though, so never mind.)
This is SUCH a crowd pleasure, you guys. Familiar flavors, nothing overly spicy, comforting with all that orzo and seared sausage, but fresh with the hit of lime and bright garnishes. SO GOOD. You’ll see.
OH YOU WILL SEE.
Hope you enjoy your new life.
Texish-Mexish. It’s absolutely a thing.