Chicken Primavera Risotto

January 11 at 7:00 pm Leave a comment

This recipe initially came from the Pampered Chef Fall/Winter 2007 collection. I’ve made a few changes to make the recipe a touch healthier (and easier to read!)

We enjoyed this for dinner tonight and look forward to the leftovers later this week (recipe serves 6). We did a lot of the veggie prep as we went along, which threw our cooking time off a bit. Even still, the dish came out delicious! Tastes both fresh and full and really hit the spot on a cold evening.

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 lemon, cut in half crosswise
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 8.8-oz packages pre-cooked chicken-flavored rice*
1 medium carrot, peeled and sliced into julienne strips
1 medium zucchini, sliced
2 plum tomatoes, seeded and diced
2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup grated Asiago cheese
1/4 cup snipped fresh basil

Use meat tenderizer to flatten chicken to 1/2-inch thickness. Season both sides with salt and pepper. Heat 1/2 Tbsp oil in 12-inch skilley over medium-high heat. Arrange chicken and lemon halves (cut sides down) in skillet. Cook chicken 3-4 minutes on each side or until center of chicken is no longer pink; remove chicken and lemon from skillet. After chicken has cooled slightly, slice into 1/2-inch pieces.

Heat 1/2 Tbsp oil in same skillet. Cook onion and garlic over medium heat 4-6 minutes or until onion is tender. Add rice. Juice onion halves into skillet (beware of seeds!). Cook and stir 3-4 minutes or until juice is absorbed into rice. Add broth and remaining vegetables and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer 4-5 minutes or until broth is slightly thickened. Stir in chicken and cook until heated through.

Remove skillet from heat and add cheese and basil. Stir until cheese is melted and sauce is thickened.

*we used Uncle Ben’s whole grain

Chicken Primavera Risotto

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