Updated: May 9
Ladies and gents, and all in between, get ready for a flavor explosion with this creamy chicken and mushroom risotto recipe! I know, I know, it's not plant-based, but it's a special request as a family favorite that will have you licking your plate clean. The chicken, mushroom, and cabbage come together in a deliciously spicy blend that's perfect for those cozy nights in. So grab your apron and get ready to indulge in this mouth-watering dish! PS: For those patriotic plant-basers, just use plant-based chicken instead!
Time: 45 minutes | Servings: 4 ⠀ INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves of garlic (crushed) 1 onion (finely chopped) 400g chicken thigh fillets (diced)
8 brown mushrooms (sliced)
Half white cabbage (diced) 400g Arborio risotto rice 150ml white Wine 1 chicken stock cube (mixed with 1.5L of boiled water to make the stock) 120ml thick cream 1 bunch flat-leaf parsley (finely chopped)
1 teaspoon chili flakes 1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese ⠀ HOW TO MAKE IT
It’s a 2 part cooking process!
Part 1. 1st cook the chicken, mushrooms, and cabbage separately.
Part 2. Then cook the risotto, adding the chicken, mushroom, cabbage, and all the little friends halfway through.
Part 1: 1. Heat half the oil in a pan, chuck in the chicken, mushrooms, and cabbage, and saute for around 8-10 minutes until the chicken is cooked through, then lovingly set aside.
1. Get ready for some saucy action! In a large pan, heat up the rest of the oil and sauté that onion until it's soft and ready to mingle.
2. Stir in the garlic and cook for a minute. Give it a good stir, you know you want to.
3. Time to get that rice involved! Add it to the pan and stir continuously for a minute. Oh, the anticipation!
4. Add the white wine and let it sizzle for a minute. Give it a swirl, it's like a dance party in a pan!
5. Dissolve the stock cube in 1.5L of hot water to make the broth and pour in half of that boiling stock and let it simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to make sure nothing sticks.
6. Don't forget to add the cooked chicken, mushrooms, cabbage, salt, pepper, chili flakes, and parsley to really spice things up!
7. Keep simmering and adding stock until that rice is perfectly creamy and ready for the next step.
8. Take it off the heat and add the cream and half of that gorgeous grated Parmesan.
9. Give it a good stir and feel the excitement build.
~ Finally, the moment we've been waiting for - serve it up with a sprinkle of that remaining grated Parmesan. And get ready for a flavour explosion!
Bon appétit bébé!
WHAT IS RISOTTO?
Risotto, that Italian culinary masterpiece, is like the diva of the rice world. It's rich, creamy, and oh-so-comforting, making your taste buds do a happy dance with every spoonful.
It's like a luxurious rice spa treatment, with each grain being meticulously massaged in butter and wine until it reaches the perfect al dente texture. And just when you thought it couldn't get any better, it's showered with a flurry of Parmesan cheese, making it rain umami goodness. So go ahead, dive into a bowl of risotto, and let your taste buds sing operatic arias of delight!
BENEFITS OF THIS MEAL
This chicken and mushroom dish is packed with many benefits. Here are some of the benefits of this dish:
High in protein: The chicken in this dish provides a good source of protein, which is essential for building and repairing muscles, bones, and other tissues in the body.
Rich in nutrients: Brown mushrooms and white cabbage are both rich in nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and fiber, which are important for overall health and well-being.
Low in fat: Risotto is generally a low-fat dish, especially when made with chicken breast, which is a lean protein. The dish is also typically cooked in a low-fat broth, and the addition of white wine provides flavor without adding excess fat.
Antioxidant-rich: The brown mushrooms in this dish are a good source of antioxidants, which help protect the body against damage from harmful molecules known as free radicals.
Comforting and satisfying: The creamy texture and warm, comforting flavor of risotto make it a satisfying and filling dish that can help you feel full and satisfied after eating.
Easy to make: Although risotto may seem complicated, it is actually a relatively easy dish to prepare, and this particular recipe only requires a few ingredients.
Versatile: Risotto is a versatile dish that can be customized to suit your tastes and preferences. You can add other vegetables or proteins to the dish or use different types of mushrooms to create different flavors.
Delicious: Finally, the chicken, brown mushroom, and white cabbage risotto cooked in white wine and topped with grated parmesan cheese is a delicious dish that is sure to please your taste buds and leave you feeling satisfied.
A FICTIONAL STORY BY THE CHEF!
Maria's Fiasco Risotto: A Culinary Creation
Maria, affectionately known as Nonna Maria, was a vivacious and sassy Italian grandmother who lived in a quaint villa nestled in the rolling hills of Tuscany. Her kitchen was the heart of her home, filled with the tantalizing aromas of garlic, tomatoes, and fresh herbs. Nonna Maria took great pride in her culinary skills, but she also had a mischievous side and loved to add her own comedic flair to her cooking.