Chicken with orzo pasta  (Tom Hirschfeld)Chicken with orzo pasta (Tom Hirschfeld) © Copyright

Fuel your body // Chicken with orzo pasta

Striking a fantastic balance between fats, proteins and carbs, this dish is perfect to keep your body fuelled all the time

As the nutritionists behind the book Feed Your Fitness know, fuelling your body properly is all about balance. That’s why they recommend this chicken and orzo pasta dish as a fantastic all-rounder if you’re looking to lose weight, keep your energy levels ticking over or just refuel your muscles after a session in the gym.

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 450g chicken breasts, cubed
  • 115g orzo pasta
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • ¼ tsp crushed chilli flakes
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 60g fresh baby spinach
  • 50g Parmesan cheese
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper

 

Method

  • – Fill a large pan with water, set over a medium-high heat, and bring to the boil
  • – Add the pasta, and cook for eight to ten minutes or until al dente. Drain
  • – Heat the oil over a medium-high heat. Add the garlic and chilli, and cook until the garlic is lightly golden
  • – Stir in the chicken, salt and black pepper, and cook for two to five minutes or until the chicken is lightly browned and cooked through
  • – Reduce heat to medium, and mix in the parsley and the pasta. Add the spinach, and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for about five minutes. Grate the Parmesan, stir it in, and serve hot

 

Nutritional info per serving

  • Calories: 387
  • Protein 35g
  • Fat: 10g
  • Carbs: 39g

 

This delicious recipe is taken from Feed Your Fitness by Rowena Visagie, Karlien Duvenage and Shelly Meltzer.  (DK, £12.99) – DK.com

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