Sunday, April 18, 2010

Sunday Suppers - Chicken, Ham & Broccoli Risotto

Risotto isn't a particularly difficult or time-consuming dish, but the time it takes is rather intensive. You have to stir the rice quite a bit - and if you don't, it can get away from you quickly (in my experience anyway). That's why I usually leave it for the weekends, when I'm not trying to make dinner, do laundry, feed the cats, etc. all at the same time.

One of the nice things about risotto, I think, is that you can really change it up however you want - or to use whatever you have on hand. No broccoli? Use asparagus or peas. Vegetarian? Leave out the meat - it'll still be great! I also love how colorful it ends up - no boring white rice here!

The one thing I wouldn't change is using freshly grated or shredded parmesan cheese. Really, the grated stuff in the green jar isn't going to cut the mustard this time.

Chicken, Ham & Broccoli Risotto
(Serves 3)

olive oil spray
2 small chicken thighs, cut into small pieces
4 oz. fully cooked ham, diced
1 large broccoli crown, chopped into florets
1 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. chopped chives (I used dried)
1 cup arborio rice
4 cups chicken broth
1 Tbsp. butter
1/3 c. freshly grated parmesan cheese
salt & pepper

Sprinkle basil and chives over chicken. Spray a large saute pan with olive oil spray and add chicken to pan over medium heat. Cook until chicken is no longer pink. Remove from pan and set aside.
To the same pan, add 1 c. arborio rice. Pour in about 1/2 c. chicken broth and stir to mix. Continue stirring every 30 seconds or so to help the rice absorb the liquid. Continue adding 1/2 c. chicken broth, stirring until fully absorbed each time, until the rice is tender and plump. (You may not use all the broth.)
While rice is cooking, steam broccoli until tender crisp.
When rice is plump and tender, stir in 1 Tbsp. butter. Add cooked chicken, ham and broccoli and heat through. Just before serving, stir in parmesan cheese. Add salt & pepper to taste, if desired.


Jenn said...

No matter how many times I say it myself that I have to make risotto, I'm always lazy to do it. Ok, must add to the market list: arborio rice. MUST. GET.

Nunzio Bruno said...

This was another great one! I sub'd out the ham for ground turkey and it was Ahh-mazing! I can't wait for the next one!!

kathryn said...

Yummy! You may cater a meal over at my place any time, sweetie!
I'll bet you don't set off the fire alarms once.