Leftover Chicken Recipe 2 – Chicken Risotto

Risotto is one of my favourite comfort foods, so it’s a no brainer that some of my leftover chicken should go into making it The night after the roast I made huge quantities of this, but I’m scaling down the recipe for a more normal sized meal, as I doubt many other people will have 4 chickens to use up…

Risotto for eight people needs two pans!

To serve 4

you will need:

– The bits of chicken you salvaged before making stock (depends how much meat was left on there, but you should have a decent handful at least)

– 1 large onion

– 6 rashers of bacon

– 6 large closed cup mushrooms (or an equal amount of whatever mushrooms you have.)

– 2 cloves of garlic

– 1.5 litres of homemade chicken stock

– 380g arborio risotto rice

– Splash of white wine (optional)

– Olive oil and butter for frying

– Grated parmesan


Finely chop the onion and garlic, and fry on a low heat in a heavy bottomed saucepan or casserole. Once they begin to soften, chop the bacon and mushrooms into small bits and add to the pan. Once the bacon looks cooked, add the leftover chicken and fry for a few minutes. Meanwhile, put the chicken stock on the stove in a saucepan and bring to the boil.  Add a small amount more oil or butter to the bacony, chickeny, oniony tastiness, and then chuck in the rice, frying it for a few minutes until the grains are well coated in oil, then pour in the white wine if using. I say a splash here, its really up to you how much you want to use, but I can quite easily use about a third of a bottle when making for 4, so its just a matter of tasting it as you go and adding it bit by bit. Pour in the hot stock, and stir regularly for about 30 mins. If it soaks up all the stock too fast, you can add more, either home-made if you have it or a stock cube diluted to the packet’s instructions, and just add small amounts as needed. The risotto is done when the rice is soft, and the liquid has burned off to leave the whole thing kinda gloopy. At this point, add a LOT of Parmesan. You can also use cheddar, its tasty but gives a much stronger flavour, so make sure you don’t overdo it!

And there you have it, the second thing to do with leftover chicken! This still isn’t the end though, next stop: SOUP!