Chicken and mushroom risotto

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Chicken and mushroom risotto

A really creamy, rich and delicious chicken and mushroom risotto.

Each serving provides 633 kcal, 24g protein, 55g carbohydrates (of which 4g sugars), 24g fat (of which 11.5g saturates), 2g fibre and 1.5g salt.

Ingredients

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a wide saucepan or flameproof casserole over a medium–high heat. Season the chicken with a little salt and lots of pepper and add to the pan. Fry for 4–6 minutes, turning occasionally, until lightly browned and cooked through. Transfer to a plate.

  2. Return the pan to the heat and add half the butter, the onion and mushrooms and fry for 5 minutes, stirring regularly, until the onion is softened and the mushrooms are lightly browned. Add the garlic and bay leaf and cook for 1 minute, stirring.

  3. Add the rice and cook for 20–30 seconds, stirring constantly, then pour in the wine and boil until reduced by half.

  4. Add a ladleful of the hot stock and stir well. Cook, stirring constantly, until the liquid has almost disappeared. Continue adding stock a ladleful at a time, stirring constantly and simmering until absorbed, for about 15 minutes, or until the rice is tender and creamy, with a slight bite.

  5. Return the chicken to the pan along with the final ladleful or two of stock and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes, or until hot throughout. The risotto should look quite sloppy at this point, but it will continue to absorb the stock. (Add a splash more just-boiled water if your risotto is looking dry.)

  6. Remove the pan from the heat, stir in the Parmesan and remaining butter. Cover with a lid and leave to stand for 5 minutes. Before serving, stir well, and scatter with the parsley, if using.

Recipe Tips

If you use button mushrooms, halve rather than quarter them.

Stirring constantly will help release the starch from the rice and make the risotto extra creamy, but if you need to get on with other things you can add all the stock at once and stir regularly, especially towards the end of the cooking time.

Cut the chicken pieces no larger than 2cm/¾in, so they cook quickly and stay tender when reheated in the risotto.

Nutritional data calculated using 400g/14oz chicken breast.