There are so many different meals you can create with a left over rotisserie chicken. This past week I’ve been watching the food channel. We all know we usually gain weight by just watching it. Well, I do because I love to try the new recipes I see and give them a twist of my own. With the left over chicken it was the perfect time to try a risotto.
What is a risotto? Risotto is an Italian dish made with a high starch short grain rice. Such as Italian Arborio, Carnaroli, or Vialone Nano rice. This kinda rice can absorb a lot of liquid without becoming mushy. It should come out as a creamy dish. I don’t have these types of rice on hand so I used Jazmine rice. It wasn’t as creamy but still delicious!
You will need.
One quart of stock (beef, chicken, or veggie)
1/2 cup green chile sauce
1/2 cup diced onion
3 tablespoons butter divided
1 1/2 cups rice
Left over rotisserie chicken
1/2 cup cheese
Start by cooking the onions with 1 tablespoon of butter in your sauce pan. In a smaller pan heat up the broth and green chili sauce. Keep it on low so that the broth will stay hot but not boil over. Once the onions are soft add in the rice and toast it for a couple minutes in the butter. Then start adding the broth to the rice.
This dish requires a lot of your attention. Stir the broth and rice every couple of mins while adding in more broth as needed then add the chopped up chicken and spices of your choice.
It may not have been exactly a risotto in the traditional sense. However, it was fun and easy to make. Pair it with some yummy cheesy bread sticks and you have a nice chicken and rice dinner for 6.
Feeding a family of 5 on a budget has its challenges. However, getting creative and having fun with the ingredients you have on hand makes it less stressful. Plus creating is so much fun! Have a great week! Let me know if you try this recipe and what you think.