Although this dish is time consuming, it is not difficult to make. It is by far one of the best risotto's I have ever tasted. Because I do not like zucchini, I choose a different vegetable, I picked butternut squash simply for color. It was absolutely outstanding, as would it be with any veggie I imagine. Well worth the time it took.
Chicken Risotto with Spring Vegetables
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1 Hour, 10 Minutes
Total: 1 Hour, 15 Minutes
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1/2 pound fresh asparagus spears
- 3/4 pound skinned and boned chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch strips
- 1/2 teaspoon herbes de Provence
- 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
- 3 tablespoons butter, divided
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 2 medium zucchini, thinly sliced into half moons
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 2 1/2 cups uncooked Arborio rice (short-grain)
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup freshly grated fontina cheese
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- Garnish: Parmesan cheese
- 1. Bring chicken broth and 4 cups water to a simmer in a large saucepan over low heat. Snap off and discard tough ends of asparagus. Cut into 2-inch pieces.
- 2. Sprinkle chicken with herbes de Provence and 3/4 tsp. salt.
- 3. Melt 2 Tbsp. butter with 1 Tbsp. olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat; add chicken, and sauté 5 to 6 minutes or until done. Remove chicken; cover and keep warm.
- 4. Melt remaining 1 Tbsp. butter in Dutch oven; add zucchini, onion, and asparagus, and sauté 3 minutes or until tender. Remove vegetables; cover and keep warm.
- 5. Sauté rice in remaining 1 Tbsp. hot oil in Dutch oven over medium-high heat 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium. Add wine and remaining 1/2 tsp. salt, and cook, stirring often, until liquid is absorbed. Add 1 cup hot broth mixture; cook, stirring often, until liquid is absorbed. Repeat procedure with remaining broth mixture, 1 cup at a time. (Total cooking time is about 30 minutes.)
- 6. Stir in grated cheeses, chicken, and vegetables until creamy. Stir in parsley and pepper. Serve immediately.
Herbes de Provence can be found online (try mccormick.com) or at Whole Foods Market.
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