Risotto With Chicken and Caramelized Onions

"This is the delicious risotto Brian cooked at the last cooking club. A great time-saving trick: use rotiserie chicken purchase at the grocery store!"
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  • In a large, heavy saucepan, heat 1/4 cup of the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions and leeks and saute until the onions turn golden brown (about 15 minutes).
  • Add the Madeira to deglaze the pan, stirring to scrape up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Cook over medium-high heat to reduce the liquid by half.
  • In another saucepan, bring the chicken stock to a gentle simmer and maintain over low heat.
  • Add 1 cup of the simmering stock to the onion mixture and continue cooking over medium-high heat until the liquid has reduced and the mixture is quite thick (about 15 minutes longer). Set aside.
  • While the onions simmer, in another large heavy saucepan, heat the remaining 1/4 cup olive oil over medium heat. Add the rice and stir until each grain is well coated with oil and translucent with a white dot in the center (about 3 minutes).
  • Add the simmering stock a ladleful at a time, stirring frequently after each addition. Wait until the stock is almost completely absorbed (but the rice is never dry on top) before adding the next ladelful. Save 1/4 cup of stock to add at the end.
  • When the rice is tender to the bite but slightly firm in the center and looks creamy (about 20 minutes), stir in the chicken. Cook to heat through, about 1 minute.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the butter, caramelized onion mixture, and reserved 1/4 cup of stock. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve at once.

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  1. rainbow.rubatino
    This is the best thing I have ever cooked. Seriously. Next time (and a million times after that) I will probably change the order to see if I can make it any faster. I will try 1) get broth simmering 2)saute onions 3) saute rice 4) start adding broth to rice 5) carmelize onions. The rest is the same. I'll write another review when I have done it. I used meat from leftover chicken legs and it was good, although I didn't get the meat off properly because I kept finding cartalidge in my food :( I would also use more like 10 cups broth because the rice was still crunchy after all the broth was absorbed. I don't like leeks so I just used onions. Fabulous. Thanks for the detailed instructions so I can cook like an expert chef even though I'm a novice. Such good food.
  2. Recipe Reader
    This is so good! I cut the recipe in half, skipped the salt, and topped it with a little parmesan cheese. Delicious. Risotto is a little work, but it is so worth it. I did use a portion of a rotisserie chicken and I also used the microwave for heating the chicken broth, and it worked fine.
  3. ElaineAnn
    I LOVE risotto! This is the best I've ever made. The carmelized onions are the key addition. I used Recipe #101403 for the chicken and arborio rice, and the result is creamy and delicious. Made for Alphabet Soup Game. Thanks for posting.
  4. kcsandy
    This was easy, tasty and used the last of my Thanksgiving turkey instead of chopped cooked chicken. I don't follow directions too well, so I put the turkey into the onions, wine and stock reduction instead of into the rice, and it didn't matter a bit. I also steamed left-over rice from a previous meal, so I used stock for the reheating liquid. It probably would have been even better if I'd followed the directions for the rice, but absolutely nobody complained!



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