I’ve only made this quick, delicious treat a couple of times and the optimal cook time for the pasta is yet to be determined. I would guess it is between 12 and 15 minutes, depending on the microwave.
Quick buttery curry chickeny pasta in the microwave
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup chopped fresh yellow or white onion
- 3 Tablespoons butter
- 4 teaspoons chicken broth base powder
- 2 teaspoons curry powder
- 1/2 to 1 cup chopped pre-cooked chicken (or other protein source of choice)
- 1 cup orzo pasta (these are the small, almond-shaped pastas used in Rice-a-roni)
- 2 cups water
- Optionally, add peas or carrot slices
- Place 1/4 to 1/2 cup chopped onion and 3 Tablespoons butter in microwave safe bowl
- Microwave onions on high for 1 minute. Stir and cook 1 or more additional minutes, as desired, in 1 minute increments.
- Remove bowl from microwave onto heat-safe surface.
- If using a glass bowl please let it cool down before adding cold water. The change in temperature can cause the glass to shatter in a spectacular and dangerous manner.
- Stir in 4 teaspoons chicken broth powder, 2 teaspoons curry powder, 1/2 to 1 cup chopped pre-cooked chicken, and 1 cup orzo pasta.
- Stir in 2 cups of water. (Make sure glass bowls have cooled before adding!)
- Place a plate over the top of your bowl.
- Microwave on high for about 12 minutes and check. Microwave ovens vary in how quickly they cook food. Better safe than sorry. If you added more chicken, the corn and/ or peas then cooking time will be longer, up to about 22 minutes.
- Using hot pads, remove bowl from microwave, remove plate, stir, and check pasta for done-ness. The water should be absorbed, the pasta plump, and you should be able to easily cut an orzo piece in half with a fork or spoon. Stir.
- Cook additional minutes, as needed, up to about 22 minutes total cook time, or until water is all absorbed and orzo is plump and tender.
- Using hot pads, remove bowl from microwave and allow to sit, covered, for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Eat it up; yum!
Normally I don’t suggest any particular brand of any product, but here I make an exception. After many years of trying different curry powders and powdered chicken broth bases I happened across two that I like immensely: Sun Brand Madras curry powder, by Merwanjee Poonjiajee & Sons Private Ltd, which I initially found at Safeway but my husband now buys it for me in bulk online, and Orrington Farms Chicken Broth Base and Seasoning, which I found at our local Walmart.
The Sun Brand curry powder has a pleasant, gentle yet complex, warm combo of spices that blend and compliment each other, without one or two dominating the others and that is amenable to a variety of dishes. Their use of ginger is ginger and the fenugreek is discernible, but not overpowering. A favorite curry powder is a highly subjective and personal matter, but if you haven’t tried the Sun Madras it is worth a try. It eclipsed my previous favorite by several magnitudes of enjoyment. As to the Orrington Farms chicken broth, I haven’t tried their other products, but the chicken plainly tastes like the broth I get when I cook chicken and isn’t hiding behind a bunch of salt or filler. It’s the first and only powdered chicken broth I’ve ever tried that I would willingly eat by itself as a cup of soup. I receive no product, compensation, or consideration for these product endorsements, but I’d be totally willing to do so. 🙂