Chicken and Leek Risotto
- 1 1/2 cups Arborio rice
- 1 lb (about 450g) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 3 large leeks, cleaned and thinly sliced
- 4 cups chicken broth, kept warm
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)
1. Prepare Ingredients:
- Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper.
- Clean and slice the leeks, chop the onion, and mince the garlic.
2. Sauté Chicken:
- In a large skillet or pan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.
- Add the seasoned chicken pieces and cook until browned on all sides. Remove the chicken from the pan and set it aside.
3. Sauté Aromatics:
- In the same pan, add butter and sauté the chopped onion until softened.
- Add the minced garlic and sliced leeks, cooking until the leeks are tender.
4. Toast Arborio Rice:
- Stir in the Arborio rice and cook for a couple of minutes until the rice is lightly toasted.
5. Deglaze with Wine:
- Pour in the dry white wine, stirring constantly, until the wine is mostly absorbed by the rice.
6. Begin Adding Broth:
- Begin adding the warm chicken broth, one ladle at a time, stirring frequently.
- Wait for the liquid to be mostly absorbed before adding the next ladle of broth.
7. Continue Cooking:
- Continue this process until the rice is creamy and cooked to al dente, usually about 18-20 minutes.
8. Add Chicken and Leeks:
- Stir in the cooked chicken pieces and sautéed leeks.
9. Finish with Cream and Cheese:
- Pour in the heavy cream and add the grated Parmesan cheese. Stir until the cheese is melted, and the risotto is creamy.
10. Season and Garnish:
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Garnish with chopped fresh parsley for a burst of color and added flavor.
11. Serve and Enjoy:
- Serve the Chicken and Leek Risotto immediately, ensuring each plate is generously topped with the creamy risotto.
This Chicken and Leek Risotto is a luxurious and satisfying dish that brings together the rich flavors of chicken, leeks, and Parmesan. It's sure to become a favorite for cozy dinners and special occasions.