The BEST Chicken and Tomato Risotto recipe ever! Seriously delicious and seriously easy to make! Perfect for a special dinner or easy weeknight meal!
Course Main Meal
Keyword risotto recipe, tomato risotto
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 25minutes
Total Time 35minutes
Author Muna Kenny
350gm chicken breast cut in bite-size
5cupchicken brothread the notes for substitute
1small onion finely chopped or shallot
3garlic cloves mincedPlease read the notes
To prepare the stock
In a saucepan, add the chicken stock and the tomato paste and let it boil. Reduce the heat and let it simmer. Or add two low sodium chicken bouillon to 5 cups of water and let it come to a boil and then add the tomato paste and let it simmer.
To prepare the risotto
In a medium pan, Add the olive oil and butter. When the butter melts and the pan is hot, add the chicken. Don’t flip the chicken until the bottom has brown patches. Flip the chicken and cook the other side.
Add the chopped onion and stir until it's translucent, then add the minced garlic and stir for a minute until you smell the aroma of the garlic.
Now, add the arborio rice and stir; this step is crucial because it will prevent the rice from turning mushy—Cook for two minutes on medium heat.
Pour a ladle from the simmering stock into the rice mixture and stir the rice every few seconds. Stirring continuously will make the rice mushy. When the rice fully absorbs the stock, add another ladle and repeat the step until no stock is left.
It’s time to add the black pepper, parmesan cheese, and cream. At this stage, check if your risotto needs more salt and add if required. Mix well and immediately serve and garnish with fresh parsley.
You can reduce the amount of heavy cream to 3 tablespoons and the Parmesan cheese to two tablespoons for a little less creaminess and lower calories.
Instead of or Arborio rice, use Vialone Nano or Carnaroli.
If the tomato paste is on the sour side, add half a teaspoon of sugar to the recipe to balance the flavors.
In some countries, whipped cream or heavy cream is sweetened. Make sure you are using the unsweetened cream.
You can skip adding Parmesan cheese.
Arborio rice does not need washing or soaking.
If you don’t have chicken stock, then add two chicken bouillons to 5 cups of boiling water.