Wednesday, November 5, 2008

What I Cooked Today… Risotto with Chicken, Roasted Tomatoes and Artichoke


chicken breast - chunks of chicken
artichoke hearts
cherry tomatoes
½ cup arborio rice
½ cup yellow onion diced
½ cup white wine (and a glass for you while you cook!)
2 cups chicken stock
½ stick butter
¼ cup grated parmesan
1 box mushrooms (any type)
salt and pepper to taste


In a sauté pan add a little bit of olive oil and sauté the onions. Make sure that they are glossy and soft. It is very important that they are cooked well – if not you will bite into crunchy onion. Next, heat the chicken stock in another pot. I always forget to do this, but it is really important because it cooks into the rice faster. Now, add the Arborio rice to the pot with onions. Salt a little bit and toast slightly.

Take this off the fire and add the wine. Wait for the wine to evaporate and cook into the rice then slowly add your chicken stock. Make sure the heat is on medium low. Stir with a flat edged spoon to scrape all of the fond off the bottom. Repeat this cooking process until the rice is soft but not mushy. A good way to tell if you are finished is by squishing a piece of rice in between your fingers easily resulting in three beads on your fingers.

At this point you’ll want to sauté your chicken chunks, artichokes and cherry tomatoes in another pan. Once cooked, add these items to the risotto. Also add the cheese and butter. Then call it a day. And drink the rest of the wine!