This chicken recipe is great for using leftovers from your Sunday roast and will really make a quick and easy week night dinner. It’s a risotto recipe that’s creamy and full of flavour thanks to the garlic, shallots and thyme.
- 1.3 litres light chicken or vegetable stock
- 75g butter
- 1tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion or 4 shallots, finely chopped
- 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
- 1tsp thyme leaves, chopped
- 300g risotto rice
- 250g cold, roast chicken, torn into chunks
- 2tbsp freshly grated Parmesan, plus extra to serve
- 1tbsp flat-leaf parsley, chopped
- Place the stock in a saucepan and heat gently to simmering point. Melt 50g butter with the olive oil in a large, heavy-based saucepan. Add the onion and cook on a gentle heat until soft but without any colour. Add the garlic and thyme and cook for a further minute.
- Add the rice and stir well so that every grain is coated with the buttery juices. Start adding the stock a ladleful at a time, stirring continuously. After 15 minutes, add the chicken to heat it through, with the remaining stock. After 20 minutes, the rice should be cooked through with just a slight bite in the middle. Remove the pan from the heat, season and add the remaining butter and Parmesan. Cover and leave for 2 minutes. Give the risotto a final stir and spoon into warmed bowls. Scatter with the parsley and serve with extra Parmesan.
Top tip for making Chicken Risottto: Leeks make a nice addition to chicken risotto. Finely slice 2 large leeks and cook until soft with the onion.