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Risotto with Asparagus and Chicken

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course dinner, entrée, Lunch
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 6 tbsp olive oil, divided (3 tbsp for rice, 3 tbsp for chicken)
  • 4 - 5 shallots finely chopped
  • cups uncooked Arborio rice
  • ½ cup white wine optional
  • 6 - 8 cups homemade salted chicken stock heated
  • 1 large chicken breast finely sliced
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • 1 large bunch asparagus
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 4 tbsp chopped Italian parsley
  • 25 g Parmigiano Reggiano finely grated
  • Drizzle of good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Snap woody ends off asparagus stalks and discard. Cut asparagus into 3cm pieces. Wash well, drain, and set aside.
  • Slice chicken breasts very thinly and place in bowl. Season with salt, pepper, oregano, and a drizzle of olive oil. Set aside.
  • Heat the oil in a heavy, wide pan on medium heat. Add shallots and cook gently for 5 mins or until soft, not browned, stirring often. Add rice and stir continuously for a few minutes until it turns glossy and cream-coloured. This step is very important.
  • Stir in wine, if using. Reduce heat slightly to simmer gently. Once evaporated, add stock, one to two ladlefuls at a time, stirring between each addition. The stock will absorb within 5 to 7 minutes. Continue this cycle of adding stock, stirring, simmering for about 3 to 4 cycles.
  • As rice is cooking, cook the chicken. In a medium-sized pan, heat oil. Add chicken and saute until cooked and golden. Remove from pan and set aside.
  • In the same pan as chicken, add asparagus with a ladle of stock. Place lid on pan and let cook for about 2 minutes.
  • Taste the rice for doneness. It should be creamy with a slight bite.
  • Add the chicken, asparagus (and stock that it cooked in), butter, parsley, and grated cheese. Stir to incorporate well. Add one last ladle to moisten if rice looks dry. Taste for seasonings. Drizzle with a little olive oil. Serve immediately.

Notes

If you wish to make this a vegetarian dish, omit the chicken and use vegetable stock.
The quality of stock is very important in this dish. 
If omitting the wine, add a little more stock. 
Keyword asparagus, chicken, rice, risotto, stock