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Fast & Easy Dinner: Chicken Risotto with Basil and Parmesan

Fast & Easy Dinner: Chicken Risotto with Basil and Parmesan

In the summer, I use natural basil almost everyday. It's deliciously fragrant and adds an incredible freshness to almost every dish. In tonight's quick and simple dinner, the basil plays a key role in flavoring and coloring a creamy risotto. Be sure to grill a few extra chicken breasts the next time you cook, because you can use it in this recipe instead of purchasing a rotisserie chicken. Sliced tomatoes topped with oil and vinegar make a healthy side, as does a chunk of crusty Italian bread. For the recipe please



Chicken Risotto with Basil and Parmesan
From Mealtime

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small white onion, chopped
1 cup Arborio rice
1 can (15 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup white wine
1 can (8 ounces) peas, drained
6 ounces cooked chicken, in chunks
1/2 cup chopped, fresh basil
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper, to taste

  1. Heat olive oil in a medium, non-stick saucepan over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir for 5 minutes, until onion is translucent. Add rice; stir, coating rice with olive oil and onions.
  2. Pour in broth and wine. Simmer covered until stock is absorbed, about 20 minutes.
  3. Stir in peas, chicken, basil and Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

Serves 4.

Nutritional Information Per Serving: Calories 290; Total fat 8g; Saturated fat 2.5g; Cholesterol 45mg; Sodium 740mg; Carbohydrate 30g; Fiber 3g; Protein 21g; Vitamin A 6%DV*; Vitamin C 6%DV; Calcium 15%DV; Iron 8%DV; Folate 3%DV; Potassium 8%DV

*Daily Value

Join The Conversation
dior_show dior_show 10 years
this one sounds amazing! basil is perfect to use in the summer time.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
chicken dishes are the best! you can't go wrong!
meeshy meeshy 10 years
goin to the store right now to cook up this storm
Hope5 Hope5 10 years
I'll try this!
craving_vintage craving_vintage 10 years
This sounds so good and simple. Thanks for the recipe. :)
Scarlet Scarlet 10 years
Mmm, I'm going to definitely try this tonight.
j9nd2000 j9nd2000 10 years
ok, i've decided to make this for dinner TONIGHT! i literally can't wait :)
nlw nlw 10 years
Yummy, I really want to try this one.
ccsugar ccsugar 10 years
Yum this sounds really good! I saw the name and thought it might be difficult to make, but it sounds pretty simple.
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Sounds great!
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