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20151128 One Pot Chicken Risotto

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts diced to 1″ cubes, seasoned with salt and pepper

  • 1 large onion, diced

  • 1 bell pepper, bunch of asparagus, or other vegetable, diced

  • 2 1/2 cups arborrio rice (or short grain rice)

  • 2 packages beef or chicken stock (approximately 5 cups)

  • olive oil

  • salt and pepper

  • diced green onions or peas (1/4 cup)

  • 1 cup water

  • grated parmesan cheese (approximately 1/2 cup)

 

Directions:

  1. Heat a large pan or ceramic dutch oven over high heat.

  2. Add 1 tbsp olive oil. When oil is shimmery, add diced chicken. Cook until browned on all sides.

  3. Add diced vegetables. When vegetables are slightly browned, add butter and stir.

  4. Lower heat to medium-low, add rice, stir well. Let rice brown just slightly (think “toasted” for a little flavor).

  5. Add a little bit of stock and vermouth (optional) – just enough to keep the consistency liquid. Stir frequently until rice thickens.

  6. Add a little more stock until it is just barely liquid. Repeat stirring frequently until thickened and adding just enough stock to keep it from burning or becoming too thick.

  7. When your stock is gone, and the risotto has become thicker, taste a bit of it.

  8. If the rice is too crunchy for your taste, add a little water and proceed with the steps above. Risotto should be slightly al dente – just a slight, teeny crunch when bit. If you over cook the rice, it will become a bit gummy – but its all individual tastes.

  9. Add diced green onions just before your risotto is done cooking – you won’t want them to overcook. If using frozen peas, add them with the last addition of stock so they thaw and cook just briefly.

  10. When risotto is thick enough to not spread all over a plate, but not so thick you can shape it like mashed potatoes, it is ready.

  11. Serve warm. Grate fresh parmesan cheese over the top and enjoy!

  

Posted: 2015-11-28