Friday, January 28, 2011

Herbed Risotto with Chicken and Caramelized Onions

This picture might not show how delicious this dish really was, so just try it and you will not be disappointed. I love risotto!

1/2 yellow onion, thinly sliced
Pinch of sugar
3  cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup water
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 tbsp. unsalted butter, divided
salt and pepper
2-3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup Arborio (medium grain) rice
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tbsp. minced fresh parsley

Maybe this picture is a bit better... Risotto not so jumbled.....

Add 1½ teaspoons of the olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the sliced onion and sugar, stirring to coat.  Allow the onion to cook, stirring occasionally, until deep golden brown and caramelized.  Remove the onions to a plate and set aside.

In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the chicken broth and water and bring to a simmer. 

Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Add 2 tbsp of olive oil to the skillet used to cook the onions set over medium-high heat. Transfer the chicken to the heated skillet and cook, turning once, until each side is a light golden brown.  Remove from the heat and transfer the chicken pieces to the saucepan with the simmering broth mixture.  Let cook until no longer pink. Remove the chicken from the broth and transfer to the plate with the onions.

Add 1 tablespoons of the butter to a Dutch oven set over medium heat.  Once melted, add the garlic and cook just until fragrant, about 30 seconds.  Add the rice to the pan, stirring to coat.  Cook, stirring frequently, until the grains are translucent around the edges, about 3 minutes.

Stir 2.5 cups of hot broth mixture into the rice.  Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until almost all liquid has been absorbed and the rice is cooked, stirring twice during cooking.

Add a few tablespoons of the remaining hot broth mixture to the risotto and stir gently and constantly until the risotto becomes creamy, about 3 minutes.  Stir in the Parmesan.  Remove the pot from the heat, cover and let stand for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, shred the chicken into bite-sized pieces.  Stir the shredded chicken and caramelized onions into the risotto with the remaining 1 tablespoons of butter, lemon juice, and parsley.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  If desired, add more of the remaining broth mixture to add moisture and loosen the texture.  Serve immediately.

Source: adapted from Cook’s Illustrated, May/June 2010
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