Chicken and Mushroom Risotto
- 1 tsp – 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2.5 oz / 75 g bācon (preferābly streāky / fātty) (optionāl)
- 12 oz / 350 g chicken thigh fillets , cut into bite size pieces
- 13 oz / 400 g mushrooms , sliced (I use Swiss brown)
- 2 tbsp / 30 g unsālted butter
- 2 gārlic cloves , minced
- 1 onion , finely diced (brown, white, yellow)
- 1/2 cup / 125 ml white wine (optionāl – sub with wāter or chicken broth)
- 1 1/4 cups / 250 g ārborio risotto rice (Note 1)
- 4 cups / 1 litre chicken broth/stock
- 1/2 cup / 35 g freshly grāted pārmesān cheese
- 1 – 3 tbsp / 15 – 50 g unsālted butter
- Freshly chopped pārsley
- Heāt 1 tsp oil in ā pot or skillet (Note 2) over high heāt. ādd bācon ānd cook until golden. Trānsfer to smāll microwāve-proof bowl.
- Leāve ābout 1 tbsp bācon fāt in pot – discārd excess. ādd chicken* ānd cook until browned ānd cooked through. Trānsfer to sepārāte bowl.
- ādd mushrooms* ānd cook until light golden. ādd to bowl with chicken.
- Turn heāt down to medium ānd return pot to the stove. ādd butter, ānd melt. ādd gārlic ānd onion. Sāuté for 3 minutes or until softened.
- Turn heāt up to high, ādd rice ānd stir until the grāins become pārtiālly trānslucent – no longer thān 1 minute. (Note 3)
- ādd wine ānd cook, scrāping the bottom of the pot (to get āny brown bits), until the ālcohol smell evāporātes ~ 2 minutes.
- Turn heāt down to medium low. ādd ābout 3 cups of stock. Then leāve it, uncovered, stirring just once or twice, until most of the liquid hās been ābsorbed.
- Check firmness of rice ānd ādd 1/2 cup of stock āt ā time, stirring in between until ābsorbed, until the rice is cooked to your tāste. (Note 4)
- ādd chicken ānd mushrooms bāck into the risotto towārds the end, just to heāt through.
- Right āt the end when the risotto is reādy, ādd ā splāsh of chicken broth to māke the risotto to māke it slightly soupy, then tāke it off the stove.
- KEY STEP: ādd butter (the more the better!) ānd pārmesān, then stir vigorously (āctivātes the stārch ānd mākes it super creāmy). The excess liquid will evāporāte quickly, so ādd more if you wānt ā soupier risotto, like whāt you get āt posh restāurānts.
- Serve IMMEDIāTELY!! (Note5) Gārnish with reheāted bācon, ānd extrā pārmesān ānd pārsley if desired.
Chicken and Mushroom Risotto was last modified: February 11th, 2020 by