Worried that risotto is too hard to make? Jo Pratt’s simple chicken risotto recipe couldn’t be easier and the warming flavours make it the perfect comfort food fix.
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 2 large chicken breasts cut into bite-size pieces
- 350g risotto rice
- A couple of stalks of rosemary
- 1 large glass of dry white wine
- 1–1.2 litres hot vegetable or chicken stock
- 200g broccoli, cut into 2-3cm pieces
- 50g finely grated parmesan cheese
To make this chicken breast recipe, heat the olive oil in a deep, heavy-based frying pan or sauté pan. Gently cook the onion and garlic until they are soft but not colouring at all. This should take about 5 minutes. Stir in the chicken, and fry for 3-4 minutes.
Add the rice and rosemary and stir for about a minute until the rice looks slightly translucent. Pour in the wine and stir continuously until it has cooked into the rice. Add a good ladle of hot stock and season with salt and pepper. Turn the heat down so the risotto is simmering gently and then keep adding ladles of stock as it cooks into the rice, stirring and moving the rice around in the pan.
After about 12-15 minutes, stir in the broccoli and continue stirring and adding the stock for 5-8 minutes until the rice is soft but still with a bit of bite left in it. The texture of the risotto should be thick and creamy, but not too loose. Add extra stock or hot water if necessary.
Remove the cooked risotto from the heat, and stir in the parmesan cheese and add any extra stock if the risotto seems particularly thick.
Spoon the risotto into warmed bowls and serve.
Make a double batch and refrigerate the rest for lunch the next day