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Chicken and broccoli risotto recipe

Chicken and broccoli risotto recipe

19 ratings

A good risotto is such a deliciously comforting meal, midweek or weekend, and this creamy chicken recipe is no exception. We've added broccoli for texture and vibrancy – it's one to have up your sleeve for risotto cravings! See method

  • Serves 4
  • Takes 50 minutes
  • 576 calories / serving


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 300g chicken thigh fillets, cut into 2cm strips
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 375g head of broccoli, cut into florets, stalk finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 125ml white wine
  • 300g arborio rice
  • 1 chicken stock cube, made up to 1ltr
  • 75g Parmesan or Grana Padano, finely grated
  • ½ lemon, zested and juiced
  • 10g fresh parsley, roughly chopped​
Risotto rice can always be swapped for paella rice

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    18g 26%
  • Saturates

    7g 34%
  • Sugars

    4g 4%
  • Salt

    1.7g 28%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 64.5g Protein 30.2g Fibre 5.5g


  1. Heat the oil in large, lidded pan over a medium heat. Fry the chicken for 8-10 mins until golden and cooked through. Transfer to a plate.
  2. Add the onion and broccoli stalk to the pan. Season and cook for 8-10 mins until softened. Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 min, then pour in the wine. Increase the heat to high and bubble for 1 min, scraping the bottom of the pan with the spoon.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium and stir in the rice to coat. Add a ladleful of stock, stirring well until absorbed. Repeat to use up all of the stock; about 15-20 mins. The rice should be creamy and tender but still with a little bite.
  4. Meanwhile, cook the broccoli florets in a pan of boiling water for 5 mins. Drain, rinse under cold water and transfer half to a bowl. Mash the rest with a fork.
  5. Stir the chicken, mashed broccoli and florets, most of the cheese and the lemon zest and juice into the rice. Remove from the heat, cover for 2-3 mins for the cheese to melt. Spoon into bowls and scatter with the parsley and remaining cheese.

Tip: Swap the chicken thigh fillets for leftover roast chicken.

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