chicken and asparagus risotto

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chicken and asparagus risotto

Another risotto dish, another asparagus dish. Cheap and tasty. Leave out the chicken to make this a vegetarian dish. I love asparagus season and try to cook with it as much as possible while it’s fresh and cheap.

Yield: 4

Chicken and Asparagus Risotto

chicken and asparagus risotto
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 300g fresh asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 chicken breast, sliced
  • 1/2 onion, finely diced
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1.5 cups of arborio rice
  • zest and juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1-2 litres vegetable stock, warmed (or use chicken)
  • 1/4 cup parmesan, grated or more to taste


  1. Steam asparagus until just tender. Set aside.
  2. Brown chicken in batches over high heat until just cooked through. Set aside with asparagus.
  3. Heat a little olive oil or butter in a saucepan and sauté onion over medium heat until translucent. Add garlic and cook for a further minute. Stir in rice so that it is coated with the oil.
  4. Stir in lemon zest and juice until absorbed. Add the stock, a ladle at a time and stir through until absorbed. Continue to do this until the rice is al dente or cooked to your liking. You may need more or less stock.
  5. Stir in the parmesan cheese. Season to taste, then gently stir in the chicken and asparagus before serving.


For a vegetarian version, leave out the chicken and add extra vegetables. Use vegetable stock.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 254Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 1593mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 2gSugar: 12gProtein: 16g

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