Chicken Risotto Recipe from Italy with Parmesan Cheese

Chicken Risotto

Chicken Risotto Recipe from Italy with Parmesan Cheese
Region / culture: Italy | Preparation time: 10 minutes | Cooking time: 30 minutes | Servings: 4


Chicken Risotto
Chicken Risotto

Chicken risotto is a classic Italian dish that combines creamy arborio rice with tender pieces of chicken and flavorful vegetables. This dish is perfect for a cozy night in or a special dinner with friends and family.


Risotto has been a staple in Italian cuisine for centuries, with origins dating back to the 14th century. Originally from Northern Italy, risotto was a way to make the most of the region's abundant rice crops. Over time, different variations of risotto have emerged, including the popular chicken risotto.


How to prepare

  1. Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
  2. Cook the chicken in oil in a large skillet until browned; remove and set aside.
  3. Cook the onion, carrots, and celery in butter in the same skillet over medium-high heat until tender-crisp.
  4. Add the rice and stir for 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Add the wine and stir until absorbed.
  6. Stir in 1 cup of stock.
  7. Cook, uncovered, stirring frequently, until the stock is absorbed.
  8. Continue stirring and adding the remaining 1 cup of stock and 3 cups of water, allowing each to be absorbed before adding another, until the rice is tender and the mixture has a creamy consistency.
  9. It will take approximately 25 to 30 minutes.
  10. Stir in the tomato, cheese, and reserved chicken.
  11. Garnish with cheese, if desired.


  • Add mushrooms or peas for extra flavor and texture.
  • Use different herbs like thyme or rosemary for a different flavor profile.
  • Substitute the chicken with shrimp or sausage for a different protein option.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Use arborio rice for the best results, as it has a high starch content that creates a creamy texture.

- Stir the risotto frequently to release the starches and create a creamy consistency.

- Add the liquid slowly, allowing each addition to be absorbed before adding more.

- Use homemade chicken stock for the best flavor, but store-bought stock works well too.

- Don't overcook the chicken, as it can become tough and dry.

Serving Suggestions

Serve chicken risotto with a side salad or crusty bread for a complete meal.

Cooking Techniques

The key to making a perfect chicken risotto is to slowly add the liquid and stir frequently to release the starches from the rice.

Ingredient Substitutions

Use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth for a vegetarian version.

- Substitute the chicken with tofu or tempeh for a vegetarian option.

- Use different vegetables like bell peppers or zucchini for a different flavor profile.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare the chicken risotto ahead of time and reheat it on the stovetop with a little extra broth to maintain its creamy consistency.

Presentation Ideas

Garnish the chicken risotto with fresh herbs like parsley or basil for a pop of color and flavor.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair chicken risotto with a crisp white wine like Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc for a perfect match.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftover chicken risotto in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat on the stovetop with a little extra broth to maintain its creamy texture.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of chicken risotto contains approximately 350 calories.


Each serving of chicken risotto contains approximately 40 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of chicken risotto contains approximately 12 grams of fats.


Each serving of chicken risotto contains approximately 25 grams of proteins.

Vitamins and minerals

Chicken risotto is a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and iron.


Chicken risotto contains dairy (parmesan cheese) and gluten (arborio rice).


Chicken risotto is a balanced meal that provides carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, along with essential vitamins and minerals.


Chicken risotto is a comforting and flavorful dish that is perfect for any occasion. With a creamy texture, tender chicken, and flavorful vegetables, this dish is sure to become a favorite in your household.

How did I get this recipe?


The first time I saw this recipe, I was captivated by it. It was a warm summer day, and I was visiting my friend Maria in her cozy little kitchen. The aroma of garlic and onions filled the air as she stirred a pot of creamy risotto on the stove. I had never tried risotto before, let alone chicken risotto, and I was eager to learn how to make it.

Maria had learned the recipe from her Italian grandmother, who had passed it down through generations. As she added the chicken broth to the rice, she explained the process to me in her soothing voice.

"You have to be patient with risotto," Maria said. "It takes time and constant stirring, but the end result is worth it."

I watched as Maria added the cooked chicken pieces, peas, and Parmesan cheese to the creamy rice mixture. The colors and textures blended together beautifully, creating a dish that looked and smelled absolutely delicious.

After the risotto was done, Maria dished out generous portions for us to enjoy. The first bite was a revelation - creamy, savory, and comforting all at once. I knew right then and there that I had to learn how to make chicken risotto for myself.

Over the years, I collected recipes like a treasure hunter searching for gold. Each new dish I learned to make added to my culinary repertoire, but chicken risotto held a special place in my heart. I made it for family gatherings, potlucks, and even just for myself on lazy Sunday afternoons.

One day, I was invited to a cooking competition at a local fair. The theme was Italian cuisine, and I knew immediately that I would make my famous chicken risotto. I spent days perfecting the recipe, adjusting the seasonings and cooking times until I was confident it was the best it could be.

The day of the competition arrived, and I nervously prepared my station. The other contestants were seasoned chefs with years of experience, but I was determined to show them that a grandmother with a passion for cooking could hold her own.

As the judges tasted each dish, I watched anxiously from the sidelines. When they finally reached my station and took a bite of my chicken risotto, I held my breath. To my surprise and delight, their faces lit up with delight.

"This is incredible," one of the judges exclaimed. "Creamy, flavorful, and perfectly cooked. You've truly mastered the art of risotto."

I beamed with pride as they awarded me first place in the competition. I couldn't believe that my humble chicken risotto had won against such tough competition. It was a moment I would never forget.

From that day on, my chicken risotto became a staple at family gatherings and special occasions. People would ask for the recipe, and I would gladly share it with them, passing on the knowledge that Maria had shared with me all those years ago.

As I grew older, my hands became a little less steady and my memory a little less sharp. But whenever I made chicken risotto, my mind would clear and my heart would swell with pride. It was a dish that brought me joy and satisfaction, a reminder of all the wonderful moments I had experienced in my kitchen over the years.

Now, as I sit here reminiscing about the past, I can't help but feel grateful for all the recipes I have collected and the people who have shared them with me. Each dish tells a story, a memory of a moment in time that I will always cherish.

And so, as I prepare my chicken risotto once again, I know that it will always hold a special place in my heart. It is more than just a dish - it is a symbol of love, tradition, and the joy of sharing something delicious with the ones we hold dear. And for that, I am truly grateful.


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