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Chicken & Mushroom Risotto

Chicken & Mushroom Risotto

Porcini mushrooms, earthy, meaty flavour make a great paring with the tender chicken.

No special equipment required.

Ingredients

  • 30g dried porcini mushrooms (we use Waitrose porcini mushrooms but other suppliers are available).
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 350g chicken breast mini fillets, halved
  • 2 × echalion shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 × 28g chicken stock pots
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 sprigs thyme, leaves picked
  • 250g risotto rice
  • 150ml dry white wine
  • Small knob of butter
  • 50g Grana Padano or Parmigiano Reggiano, grated, plus extra to serve
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

Method

  1. Soak the dried porcini mushrooms in hot water for 10 minutes, then drain. Meanwhile, heat 1tbsp of the olive oil in a large, wide saucepan over a medium heat, then add the chicken and fry for about 4–5 minutes until cooked through with no pink meat. Remove from the pan and set aside. Add the remaining oil to the pan, then add the shallots and fry for 1–2 minutes until softened and just beginning to colour.
  2. Stir the stock pots into 1 litre of boiling water. Add the garlic, thyme and risotto rice to the pan and stir well for a further minute, until the oil has coated the grains of rice. Pour in the wine and allow to bubble, then add a ladleful of stock. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes, continuing to add ladlefuls of stock. Stir and allow each one to be absorbed before adding another.
  3. Add the porcini mushrooms and cooked chicken to the pan, and simmer for a further 6-8 minutes, stirring and continuing to add extra stock as necessary. When the risotto is creamy and the rice is tender with a slight bite, take the pan off the heat and stir in the butter and cheese. Serve topped with a little extra cheese and a good grinding of black pepper.