Easy Freshers’ Recipes: Chicken and Mushroom Risotto

By Charlotte Gaines

If you make enough, this tasty recipe can last you for a couple of meals and is a really filling meal after a long day of lectures.

Preparing: 15 mins
Cook: 30 mins

Ingredients: 5 sliced mushrooms, 2 tbsp olive oil, 350g pack chicken breast fillets – sliced, 1/2 diced onion, 2 x 28g chicken stock pots, 1 clove crushed garlic, 250g risotto rice, 150ml dry white wine (optional), cheese to top.

You can also throw in: peppers and peas.

Switch out the meat for veggie chicken and stock pots if you’d prefer.

  1. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a large, wide pan over medium heat, then add the chicken and fry for 5 minutes until cooked through.
  2. Remove chicken from pan and set aside
  3. Add remaining tbsp of oil to pan and add onion to fry for 2 minutes until softened
  4. Stir the stock pots into 1 litre of boiling water.
  5. Add the garlic, some mixed herbs (if available) and the risotto rice to the pan and stir together until the oil has coated the rice
  6. Pour in wine and allow to bubble, then slowly begin adding the stock, a ladle at a time
  7. Stir stock in and allow each ladleful to be absorbed before adding another one
  8. Add the mushrooms, peppers, peas and chicken to the pan and simmer for another 8 minutes – make sure to stir and add any stock still left.
  9. When the rice is tender with a slight bite and the risotto has a creamy texture then remove pan from heat and stir in a small knob of butter and your chosen cheese (I just use cheddar)
  10. Top with more cheese and a small amount of black pepper

The true beauty of this dish is that it only requires one big pan when cooking, so you’re saved from doing a load of washing up.

Image: Risotto by Garret Alfert is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Tell Us What You Think!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s