Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Tasty Tuesday!

It's that time of the week again, and I have another of my favorite recipes for you. In winter, I tend to make more hearty dishes and ones that require the use of my oven or stove. Come summer, it's crock pot or the grill!

Again, I'm linking up with Blessed With Grace and Tempt My Tummy Tuesday. There's such a huge variety of recipes out there, and you really should go check it out if you want some variety in your cooking.

So without further ado, let me introduce you to me Chicken and Pea "Risotto." It isn't real risotto, but it has a similar taste and is super easy to make. Plus, it's one of the adult-type foods I make that the wee ones really enjoy.

Ingredients:

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3 c chicken stock (stock, not bouillion or other overly salty stuff)
2 c basmati rice
2 c milk
2 oz freshly grated Parmasean or other hard cheese
2 c frozen peas
Salt and pepper to taste (little needed)



Makes 8 good size servings (~1 1/2 c)

Cook rice as directed or using a rice cooker. If you are using stock, use stock in place of 3 c of the needed water.

While the rice is cooking, poach your chicken.


Once the chicken is done, shred/cut up the chicken into bite size pieces and add to a large, deep pan (e.g., boulliabase). Place the rice atop the chicken and stir to mix together.



Turn the heat to medium low and add the milk. Stir briefly to incorporate (using a rice paddle is most effective) and continue stirring every 2 to 3 minutes until milk has cooked down.

Add the cheese in batches and stir to avoid having clumps of cheese in the mixture. Taste and determine if pepper and/or salt is needed. Salt and pepper to taste. Add peas and stir to combine. In 2-3 minutes, the peas will be heated through, and you're ready to serve.


This keeps well and is good cold or reheated for the next 2-3 days.



Enjoy!

14 comments:

Cookie January 27, 2009 at 10:16 AM  

How do all of your recipes always look so good?!

Melissa January 27, 2009 at 11:03 AM  

Hmm, I guess I've never thought to add chicken to my risotto...thanks for the idea!!

I can also get the little one to eat risotto...odd, huh?

Brenda January 27, 2009 at 11:45 AM  

That looks so easy!

Linda January 27, 2009 at 3:53 PM  

Sounds great. Well, all except for the peas, but they can easily be left out. Thanks for the recipe!

Life with Kaishon January 27, 2009 at 6:08 PM  

This looks great. I love peas. I love risotto : ). I LOVE cheese. There is nothing in this recipe not to love : ).

Live.Love.Eat January 27, 2009 at 6:11 PM  

I LOVE basmati rice and I love the fact that there is parm cheese in this. Thanks for coming by!!!!

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace January 27, 2009 at 7:41 PM  

I am excited to try this recipe. Thanks.

Michelle January 27, 2009 at 7:56 PM  

Cookie - Ummm, because I'm a picky eater so when I am willing to eat something, it must be good? ;)

Melissa - Ohhh yeah. It adds a lot with the chicken. Plus, I need to get my protein in wherever I can.

Brenda - It's totally easy! That's the best part about it -- and only one of the reasons risotto is in quotes!

Linda - Yeah well... it's possible that Mister Man picks the peas out of his serving ;) He likes it just fine without them!

Life with Kaison - I'm with you. Go for it and let me know what you think!

Live.Love.Eat - Always a good combination, isn't it? Now I'm hungry for it!

Lisa - I hope you like it. It's a fun one.

Jennifer January 27, 2009 at 8:14 PM  

This looks delicious and easier than I would have thought! It's one for my list of To Makes!

Brenda January 28, 2009 at 4:57 AM  

For the cookie recipe on my blog, it was supposed to be 3/4 cups sugar. Thanks for catching that!

Michelle January 28, 2009 at 9:29 AM  

Jennifer - It is totally easier than you think -- that's why I love this. It's one of the sneaky ones that looks like it's way harder than it is!

Brenda - Great, thanks for the clarification.

Veggie Mom January 28, 2009 at 12:23 PM  

Yummy! We have a lot of chicken and rice fans around here, so I'll bet I'll be headed to the store for the ingredients soon!

Angela January 28, 2009 at 8:59 PM  

Sounds great! I too like chicken and rice dishes, and this is a nice change from chicken and mushroom. We'll definitely try it!

While I'm reading blogs, I am watching a Giada episode with weeknight meals. One of the ones in this episode is the whitefish with lima beans that I love so much. I could eat that every night!

Happy Wednesday! I'm a little late, but it's been that kind of week! LOL!

Michelle January 28, 2009 at 10:45 PM  

Veggie Mom - Enjoy it. But ummm really you don't have these all on hand? Oh, that's right. I'm the one with the cheese fetish who has eight kinds of cheese in my fridge right now :)

Angela - I know how those weeks go. I will have to try that whitefish dish you talked about. I haven't made fish in awhile!

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