Sometimes we just can’t help the craving for comforts, well this comfort comes in really lite with a pesto grilled chicken breast and plum pea and tenderstem greens saucy risotto.

Ingredients

  • 4 Chicken Breasts
  • 80g Basil Pesto
  • 1 Onion – diced
  • 2 cloves Garlic – chopped
  • 200g Arborio Rice
  • 400g Peas
  • 200g Tenderstem Broccoli – each stem halved
  • 10g Pea Shoots
  • 30g Parmesan – grated
  • 20g Butter 
  • 4-6 cups Tepid Water 
  • Salt and Pepper 
  • Olive Oil 

How to :

  • Heat a large casserole pan over med-high heat, add a glug of olive oil and fry your diced onion and chopped garlic for 3-4 minutes until your onions are soft and translucent. Now add your arborio rice and cook until the rice looks translucent. Proceed to add a ½ cup of tepid water. Reduce your heat to a simmer and continue cooking while stirring regularly, until all the water is almost absorbed. Repeat the process of adding tepid water until you have no water left and the rice is al dente (tender with a slight bite). Your risotto should be done in 17-20 minutes, but if it isn’t cooked to your desired doneness, continue the process by adding more water. Gently fold in your grated parmesan once done, remove your pan from the heat and season to taste with salt and pepper. While your risotto is cooking and once your water in your medium saucepan has come to the boil, cook your peas for 2-3 minutes until tender, remove with a slotted spoon into a colander. Now cook your halved tenderstem broccoli for 4-5 minutes until tender and drain through your colander along with your peas. Once your vegetables are done fold them gently into your risotto along with your butter.

  • Season your chicken breast with salt only and rub with olive oil. Heat a large grill pan over med-high heat, once your pan is smoking hot, fry your butterflied chicken breast for 2-3 minutes on each side or until completely cooked through. Once all your chicken breasts are cooked rub them with your basil pesto.
  • Divide your greens risotto amongst your servings and top with our pesto butterflied chicken breast and pea shoots

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