No stir chicken and mushroom risotto

No stir chicken and mushroom risotto

I love a risotto but it’s not practical for me to stand at the cooker ladling stock into a pan and stirring religiously.  One day I decided to try a throw it all in approach and I have to admit I was delighted with the final result.  This recipe for me delivers all the flavour without the endless stirring!  Winner winner chicken risotto dinner!

Ingredients for 1 serving

277g chicken breast, chopped into chunks
76g risotto rice
1 chicken stock cube
400ml boiling water
46g onions, chopped
116g mushrooms, sliced
6g olive oil
75g spinach
74g mange tout
25g reduced fat sour cream
 5g parmesan cheese
salt and pepper

(Example ingredient amounts given, adjust accordingly to your requirements)

Method

  • Put a frying pan on a medium heat.
  • Add the oil and when it has warmed add the onion.
  • Take a few minutes to soften the onion being careful not to colour it.
  • Add the mushrooms with a sprinkle of salt, this will help release the mushrooms natural juices eliminating the need for more oil.
  • After a couple of minutes add the rice and stir this into the onions and mushrooms.
  • Add the stock cube to the boiling water and add 3/4 of it to the pan.
  • Bring the mixture to the boil, then lower the heat to a medium simmer adding the chicken and the parmesan if you want to.
  • Give the mixture the very occasional stir to move the chicken around the pan.
  • The rice should take around 15-20 minutes to cook aldente but add more water if you feel there’s not enough liquid to cook the rice. Eventually you want the pan to be on the dry side, no one likes a soggy risotto!
  • When you feel the rice is almost cooked, stir through the sour cream to add a creamy note to the dish.
  • Add the spinach to the pan giving it a stir to incorporate it into the rice then add the mange tout.
  • After a couple of minutes the risotto will be ready to serve.
  • Season to taste and serve.

Notes

  • For anyone following older BC plans, rice will be included as part of your carbs list, but the swaps page does not distinguish between varieties of rice and the macros for basmati and risotto rice are very similar.
  • Parmesan cheese it a totally optional ingredient for this recipe, but even the smallest amount will intensify the flavour!
  • If you poach the chicken as per the method above it will be lovely and juicy.  Alternatively you can pan fry the chicken and top the risotto with it as illustrated.
  • I prefer to use low salt stock cubes.
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