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Chicken and Mushroom Brown Rice Risotto

A delicious, nutty Chicken and Mushroom Brown Rice risotto that's easier to make than traditional risotto and more nutritious. 
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 10 g dried porcini mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 clove/s garlic -diced
  • 1 onion/s (large) diced
  • 2 stick/s celery -finely diced
  • 500 g boneless and skinless chicken thighs -diced
  • 200 g mushrooms -sliced (an assortment is nice, Swiss brown, shiitake, oyster)
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 zucchini/s -julienned or ribboned
  • 60 ml white wine (¼ cup)
  • 2 cups leftover cooked brown rice (1 cup or 185 g when uncooked)
  • 250 ml chicken stock or bone broth (1 cup)
  • 100 g parmesan cheese -grated (1 cup)
  • 30 g baby spinach (optional)
  • ½ bunch/s flat leaf parsley -chopped

Serve

  • Salad (to serve)

Instructions

  • Place the porcini mushrooms in a small bowl and just cover with a little boiling water. Set aside.
  • In a large non-stick pan, melt the butter over a low heat. Add the garlic, onion and celery and cook with the lid on for a few minutes just to sweat and soften (not too brown).
  • Add the chicken and continue to cook for a few more minutes until the chicken just starts to turn opaque.
  • Remove the porcini mushrooms from the water, reserving the soaking water.
  • Chop the porcini mushrooms then add to the pan with the rest of the mushrooms, zucchini, and thyme leaves and cook for a few minutes until the mushroom starts to soften.
  • Add the rice and a splash of white wine, the reserved porcini liquid, followed by the stock and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring often until the stock is almost all absorbed.
  • Turn off the heat and stir in the spinach and cheese. Once the spinach has wilted and the cheese melted through the dish, top with parsley and serve immediately.

Thermomix method

  • If cooking the brown rice in the Thermomix, add enough water to cover the blades. Place the rice in the basket and cook 20 minutes (if un-soaked) or 18 minutes if soaked, Varoma temp, speed 4.
  • Place the porcini mushrooms in a small bowl and just cover with a little boiling water. Set aside.
  • In a dry thermomix bowl, grate the parmesan, 10 seconds, speed 7-8. Set aside. 
  • Now chop the garlic, 3 seconds, speed 7. Add the onion and celery and chop 10 seconds, speed 4. 
  • At this point I personally transfer it to the stove top as the volume of chicken and mushrooms makes it very hard to cook evenly in the the thermomix. Also it's not like a regular risotto that requires lots of stirring. Once the chicken and mushrooms are cooked, it is only 5 minutes away from serving. 

Make-ahead

  • Re-heat in a pot over a low heat until just hot.

Store

  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.

Notes

Dairy-free

Replace the butter with ghee or macadamia or olive oil and the cheese with cashew nut cream (savoury version) and nutritional yeast.

Vegetarian

Replace the chicken with an extra cup of mushrooms and a handful or two of walnuts. Replace the chicken broth with vegetable stock.

Vegan

Use dairy-free and vegetarian options.

Onion-free

Replace the onion with a small bulb of finely diced fennel. 

Garlic-free

Replace the garlic with a pinch of chilli powder.
 

I prefer this brown rice version more than regular risotto - do you agree?  Post your thoughts in the comments below.