Wednesday, 19 June 2013

A favourite risotto recipe

This is one of our favourite risotto recipes which I wanted to share so you too can enjoy the magnificent flavours.

Don't be scared by the word RISOTTO. Its not one that you are tied to the stove stirring for most of the night. Most of the absorption is done in the oven. Now I will admit, not being made the traditional way, its probably not the most succulent risotto ever but if you're not a fussy Italian, then I'm sure you'll love it all the same.

Enough with the sales pitch, here's whatcha do:

1 tbsp oil
500g chicken breast or thigh (i used breast)
1 onion finely chopped
1 long, red chilli finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
4 kaffir lime leaves (i left whole and removed but you can finely slice and keep in the mix)
1 1/2 cup aborio rice
1/4 cup red curry paste
2 cups chicken stock
1 cup coconut cream
2 tbsp fish sauce
200g green beans

note: missing chicken and onion as I remembered to take this AFTER they were added!
 Preheat oven to 180C
Heat oil in an ovenproof dish and brown off chicken.

Remove chicken and reduce heat slightly on the stove. Add in the chilli, garlic, lime leaves and onion.

Cook stirring contstantly for 2-3mins until onion is soft.

Then add in the curry paste and rice, coating the rice with the paste for a further minute

Return the chicken to the pan along with the stock and another 1/2 cup water. Bring to a simmer then cover and place in the oven for 25mins or until the liquid has almost been absorbed

Remove from the oven and stir in the coconut cream, fish sauce and beans.
Cover and stand for another 10mins

 Then VOILA, you're done!

This recipe serves 4-6 people. Its also great to double up so you can keep extras in the freezer for those lazy nights.

Enjoy, let me know what you think!

Disclaimer: This is not my own recipe but one i found in the local paper so I cannot link up to original source


  1. This looks amazing, I am so excited to try it out. Quick question, do you freeze it after you have cooked it? I am loving your blog :)
    Jess - Forever Organised

  2. Hi Jess, thanks and welcome :) Yes, I have been known to freeze the leftovers and it defrosts fine. Sometimes the chicken might become a little dry when reheated in the microwave but I still eat it. Depends how fussy you are haha. Im loving your blog too :)