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Quick and Easy Chicken Risotto Recipe

Updated on December 9, 2012

This really is a quick and easy chicken risotto recipe that even the most inexperienced cook can manage, and it tastes great!.

What better way to use up leftover roast chicken, than to turn it into a risotto. Risotto is just a fancy sounding name for rice. The Italians probably think we are mad to even consider the word risotto to be exotic, when it's something they eat every day, or maybe every second day because they are quite well known for their fondness of pasta.

I made this recipe up years ago when I didn't even know what a risotto was. When I first lived in an student flat, long before I got married, we used to live off rice and vodka. We never had any money for food, so we quickly learned a thousand and one ways to cook rice and make it interesting.

Ah those halcion days are long gone! We couldn't even afford chicken in those days, so we used to make rice dishes with curry powder, and packet stock, and dried vegetables and all sorts.

Tasted great too! What more do you need?

chicken risotto
chicken risotto | Source
Fry the vegetables in olive oil for a few minutes. At this point you would add the chopped up bacon or ham. I didn't have any in so we had to miss it out.
Fry the vegetables in olive oil for a few minutes. At this point you would add the chopped up bacon or ham. I didn't have any in so we had to miss it out. | Source

These days were long gone by the time I got married, and it was early in my marriage I discovered this great way to use up chicken and make it all taste more interesting.

The great thing about the ingredients list is that quantity doesn't really matter for anything except for the rice.

Just make sure you have enough rice for each person who you are going to be feeding.

No idea the weight.

I used to know just by looking that I had enough, but basically going by dry weight, you should serve 2 oz per person.

I had a little teacup for measuring that seemed to do the trick when serving smaller numbers than usual. You, I am afraid, are going to have to experiment.

Fry the dry, uncooked rice in the oil till the grains turn pearly white. If you like your vegetables crisp, remove them first. If not, leave them in through the whole cooking process.
Fry the dry, uncooked rice in the oil till the grains turn pearly white. If you like your vegetables crisp, remove them first. If not, leave them in through the whole cooking process. | Source
move the rice around a bit to make sure they all get coated with olive oil and fried evenly
move the rice around a bit to make sure they all get coated with olive oil and fried evenly | Source

What you want to make sure you have in the cupboard is:

  • rice (obviously) long grain, or whatever was the cheapest in the shops at the time
  • chicken (cooked)
  • a red or a green pepper
  • onion
  • a can of pineapple slices/pieces/chunks whatever
  • chicken stock
  • bacon or ham
  • salt
  • olive oil for cooking
  • dark soy sauce

If you are a color freak and you want more color, add thinly sliced carrots if you are using a green pepper, or peas if you using a red pepper. Or even add a whole host of vegetables that you and your family like.

The amounts again of each ingredient is left entirely to the imagination, except for maybe the salt.

Don't put more than 1 teaspoon in which should be enough unless you are feeding the cast of thousands.

1 teaspoon of salt should certainly be enough if you are feeding up to 8 people.

If you accidentally put too much salt in, you can add a whole potato to the pan which will absorb the salt.

Discard before serving.

add stock to just cover the rice (and vegetables if you've left them in)
add stock to just cover the rice (and vegetables if you've left them in) | Source
when it's all bubbling away, turn the heat down low, put a lid on it, and do something else for 10 minutes
when it's all bubbling away, turn the heat down low, put a lid on it, and do something else for 10 minutes | Source

Now this really is a quick and easy meal and takes the time it takes to cook rice (about 15 minutes), plus a few minutes for vegetable preparation.

Method

In a large heavy based frying pan, put in your chopped vegetables and bacon or ham with some olive oil.

Now you can chop yourveggies fine so they are small, which is probably a better idea if you are feeding fussy children, or into big chunks if you are feeding fussy men.

In the photos accompanying this recipe, I have chopped the vegetables big so that a certain person can pick them out if he so chooses.

Fry the veggies for a few minutes under a gentle heat to soften but not brown, then add the dry rice.

When the rice grains turn pearly white, add your stock.

Again I have no idea how much because I add ladles from the stock I would have made overnight from the bones of the chicken I stripped after the previous day's meal.

I think if I remember correctly, for every 8oz dry weight of rice, you should use 1 pint of stock or water.

If you salted your stock when preparing it, don't add more salt in.

This is very important. It will be too salty then.

If you haven't made stock and only have stock cubes to hand, just prepare your stock cube as normal, but don't add salt.

Proprietary stock cubes tend to be very salty.

If you have no stock cubes, nor stock, use water and salt.

add your vegetable back in, with bacon if you used it
add your vegetable back in, with bacon if you used it | Source

Chicken Risotto

add in your chopped, cooked chicken
add in your chopped, cooked chicken | Source
add your chopped pineapple and soy sauce, stir all through to mix in well
add your chopped pineapple and soy sauce, stir all through to mix in well | Source

When it is all bubbling away, make sure the heat under the pan is low and put a lid on it if you have one - just means less cleaning later.

Go and do something else for about 10 minutes.

Take the dog out for a quick walk, or watch the TV, or go online and have a chat on Facebook or whatever you normally do when you have 10 minutes to kill.

Keep an eye on the time.

No honestly, that bit is important. I have walked away and half an hour later been aware of a burning smell coming from the kitchen area. Just forgot!

When you return, you want to see that almost all of the liquid has absorbed into the rice.

Now is a good time to add the chopped up chicken pieces you stripped off the night before. They are cooked already so all you are really doing is heating them up. Don't forget to add back your vegetables if you took them out.

Mix them in a bit and close the lid while you chop up your pineapple, assuming you didn't buy ready chopped chunks.

Add them in, with about half of the juice from the can.

I hope at this point you remembered to buy pineapple in their natural juices and not in the syrup which has added sugar. No matter, if it has sugar just put a teeny-weeny bit of the juice in, unless you like your dinner really sweet.

Mix that in, gently so as not to damage the rice grains, then add about a tablespoonful of dark soy sauce if you have any in. If you don't, it doesn't matter too much.

Turn the heat off from under your pan and serve.

Delicious.

Footnote: I've just learned (because I tried it) that adding about 2 teaspoonfuls of lemon juice to the rice dish and mixing well in just before serving, really brings out the flavors.

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    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR

      IzzyM 

      7 years ago from UK

      Thanks David!! I love it myself - the recipe that is!

    • daviddwarren22 profile image

      daviddwarren22 

      7 years ago

      WOw! Fantastically delicious hub!

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR

      IzzyM 

      7 years ago from UK

      Now you need to try the recipe. When you do, come back and tell me how you got on :)

    • Sun-Girl profile image

      Sun-Girl 

      7 years ago from Nigeria

      Great article you actually shared in here which really made me to salivate a lot.

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR

      IzzyM 

      7 years ago from UK

      Thanks :)

    • RalphGreene profile image

      RalphGreene 

      7 years ago

      Yummy, I wanted to eat that delicious. Great Hub.

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR

      IzzyM 

      7 years ago from UK

      Carolp and TajSingh, you are both welcome, and you will love the blend of flavours!

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      TajSingh 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing this Risoto recipe.

    • carolp profile image

      Carolina 

      7 years ago from Switzerland

      Great idea!! My family loves Risoto. I have been cooking Risoto with chicken, but your recipe i have to try.

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR

      IzzyM 

      7 years ago from UK

      Come back and let me know how you get on!

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      Prosperity66 

      7 years ago

      Yep, it looks like something I could cook! Thanks for this chicken risotto recipe, I'll give it a try this weekend.

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR

      IzzyM 

      7 years ago from UK

      Italian, by any chance?

    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 

      7 years ago from the short journey

      I think we'll love it, too. Thanks. :)

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR

      IzzyM 

      7 years ago from UK

      You'll love it, and so easy to make :)

    • SUSIE DUZY profile image

      SUSIE DUZY 

      7 years ago from Delray Beach, Florida

      yum! can't wait to try this one.

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR

      IzzyM 

      7 years ago from UK

      It's a really nice combination with peppers and pineapple, you'll love it :)

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      silly me 

      7 years ago

      Always looking for new recipes. This one sounds great! I will be cooking risotto soon. Thanks!

    • profile image

      ViVi 

      7 years ago

      Good one. I'd love to try them at home....

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR

      IzzyM 

      7 years ago from UK

      Absolutely, and economical too!

    • CASE1WORKER profile image

      CASE1WORKER 

      7 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

      quick and delicious what could be better

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      ColmbnQn 

      7 years ago

      yum yum & yum!

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR

      IzzyM 

      7 years ago from UK

      It's lovely you will enjoy it :)

    • lindatymensky profile image

      lindatymensky 

      7 years ago

      Thanks! I always wondered what "risotte" meant. I'm thinking I'm going to try this recipe. Sounds quick a delicious.

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR

      IzzyM 

      7 years ago from UK

      It's great cold the next day if there are any leftovers :)

    • chspublish profile image

      chspublish 

      7 years ago from Ireland

      And the pineapple is a nice touch too. Delicious!

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR

      IzzyM 

      7 years ago from UK

      You're not even allowed chicken? I thought it was only vegans that didn't eat chicken and fish. What I've learned about vegetarians over the years is that they eat white meat and fish, so basically just drop the red meat. Vegans, on the other hand, do not eat anything that came from an animal, including milk and milk dishes. Ahhh, it keeps changing.

      Was never into it myself. Thanks for your comments :)

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Oh, yum! This looks amazing!!! Gosh, I need to quit being a vegetarian.

      Love the photos too, by the by! Just an AWESOME Hub.

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