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Chicken Risotto

User Rating 4 Star Rating (16 Reviews)


Chicken and basil risotto
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I love this recipe. Surprisingly, regular rice works in this risotto, which would probably be a shock to purists, who always use arborio rice. When I first made this recipe about 20 years ago, I couldn't find arborio rice so I just used long grain. I think it's just perfect. Even though I can now find the Italian short grain rice, I still prefer this recipe!

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 6-8 servings


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups uncooked regular long grain rice
  • 4 to 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp. dried basil leaves, if desired
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. butter


Cut chicken breasts into 1-1/2" pieces and sprinkle with salt and pepper. In heavy saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, and cook for 5 minutes until tender. Add chicken pieces, and cook and stir until chicken begins to brown, about 3 minutes. Add rice, and stir to coat.

Add 1 cup chicken broth, and cook until liquid is reduced, stirring frequently. Continue to add chicken broth to keep rice covered, stirring frequently. Add broth, stir, and cook for a total of about 25 minutes until rice is tender. Add basil, cheese, and butter just before serving and stir to melt.

Cover pot and let stand 5 minutes off the heat.

You can use as little as 4 cups or as much as 6 cups broth in this recipe. I don't like a runny risotto, so I use the smaller amount. If you like your risotto soupier, you'll need more broth.

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 4 out of 5
Great!, Member Noryale

Added bacon and mushrooms and used arborio rice instead - which soaked a lot more stock! It was delicious and has the household stamp of approval :)

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