The Month of Italian – Curried Chicken Risotto

Curried Chicken Risotto

Curried Chicken Risotto

 

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This was something that I kind of threw together at the last moment, and it turned out to be quite tasty and easy to make. It’s the month of Italian, and risotto is a traditional Italian dish made from arborio rice.  Curry is Indian, but I’m sure Marco Polo probably brought the spice back to Italy from his year-long stay in India, so this is fusion cuisine.  Please enjoy this easy to make Curried Chicken Risotto with your own garnishes.

You really need to use Arborio rice to make this and good curry powder. Arborio rice is usually available in major supermarkets and can be found in international and Italian markets.  Find out more about Arborio rice on Wikipedia.

If you don’t have chicken, shrimp would be great in this. You can make it vegetarian by omitting the chicken and using vegetable base, or even vegan by using oil instead of butter. Serve it with your choice of accompaniments, chutney, chopped tomato, chopped apple, raisins, coconut, or whatever you like to serve with a curry.

Let’s Make Curried Chicken Risotto

The Month of Italian - Curried Chicken Risotto

The Month of Italian - Curried Chicken Risotto

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian/Indian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 301kcal
Author: Adrienne Boswell

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup Arborio rice
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 onions, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1/4 cup bell pepper , chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, minced
  • 2 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1/4 cup peas, frozen or fresh
  • 1 cup cooked chicken
  • 1 tablespoon chicken base
  • 5 cups hot water
  • 2 tablespoon cream

-- Optional Garnishes --

  • 1 tomato , chopped
  • 1 apple , cubed
  • 2 tablespoon raisins
  • 1/4 cup coconut , shredded
  • 2 tablespoon chutney

Instructions

  • Mix the water and the chicken base together and put into a saucepan on low heat.
  • Melt some butter in a large saucepan and cook the onions until they are translucent
  • translucent onions
  • Add the other aromatics, ginger, garlic, peppers
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  • Cook them down then add the curry powder
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  • Now its time to add the rice. Make sure the rice gets all stirred in nicely
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  • Add a ladleful of the chicken base to the pot
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  • Let it simmer until you can pull a spoon through and it leaves a mark.
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  • Continue adding a little of the broth at a time, stirring occasionally until the rice is soft and all the broth has been used. When most of the liquid has been absorbed, add the chicken
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  • Then add the peas and stir until they are heated through
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  • Now add the cream and let that cook down it also has been absorbed.
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  • Serve it with chutney, or you can add chopped tomato, raisins, coconut, and chopped apple as garnish.
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    Curried Chicken Risotto
  • Enjoy with a salad.

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Notes

You can omit the chicken and use a vegetable base to make this vegetarian.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
The Month of Italian - Curried Chicken Risotto
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 301 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 49mg16%
Sodium 103mg4%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 14g28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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5 Responses to The Month of Italian – Curried Chicken Risotto

  1. Richard says:

    Good day! I made this and it was really good, had enough for lunch the next day to share at work. My friends liked it a lot, too. Thanks!

  2. Marion Cox says:

    3 stars
    Not sure what happened. Maybe my curry was old, but this was kind of boring.

    • arbpen says:

      Marion, it’s important to go through your spices periodically to see which ones are old and need to be tossed. They won’t hurt you, but their flavor will be gone. My suggestion is to get little stickers you can write the date you bought the spice and stick in on the bottom of the jar. That way, you will know which ones should go out. Amazon has some. Spices last about a year or so before they start to degrade. Better luck next time, right?

  3. Wendy Blum says:

    Wow! My whole family liked this. Thanks for posting.

  4. Vivian Stoddard says:

    I love curry. This is just great because it’s just one dish. Less cleaning up! I like coconut, apple, and tomato with my curry, and some super hot chutney to go with it. I’m not afraid!

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