Wild mushroom, chicken & bacon risotto

Wild mushroom, chicken & bacon risotto

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 30 mins Ready in 50 minutes plus soaking

Easy

Serves 4
A risotto oozing with rich winter flavours, perfect for a curl-up-on-the-couch meal

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal785
  • fat33g
  • saturates14g
  • carbs68g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre5g
  • protein56g
  • salt3.69g
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Ingredients

  • 50g dried porcini mushrooms
  • 1.3l chicken stock
  • 250g pack dessert chestnut mushrooms, sliced
  • 8 rashers smoked streaky bacon, chopped
    Bacon

    Bacon

    bay-kon

    Bacon is pork that has been cured one of two ways: dry or wet. It can be bought as both rashers…

  • 50g butter
    Butter

    Butter

    butt-err

    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 1 onion, finely chopped
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 300g risotto rice (we used arborio)
    Risotto rice

    Risotto rice

    To create an authentic creamy Italian risotto, the use of specialist rice is imperative. It…

  • 1 small glass white wine
  • 50g Parmesan, finely grated
    Parmesan

    Parmesan

    parm-ee-zan

    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

  • leftover roast chicken, skinned and chopped
    Chicken

    Chicken

    chik-en

    Chicken's many plus points - its versatility, as well as the ease and speed with which it…

  • handful parsley leaves, chopped
    Parsley

    Parsley

    par-slee

    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

Method

  1. Soak the dried mushrooms in 500ml boiling water for 20 mins, then drain the liquid into the stock. The mushrooms will have absorbed a lot of the liquid; you should have 1.5l in total. Chop the soaked mushrooms and add to the chestnut mushrooms.

  2. Make the risotto: start by frying the bacon in half the butter, then add the onion. When they are soft, add the mushrooms and continue to cook for a few mins until soft. Stir through the rice and continue as in the basic recipe. When you add the final ladle of stock, stir through the chicken to reheat. Add the chopped parsley with the Parmesan and remaining butter, leave to rest for a few mins, then stir through and serve.

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kevexley
15th Jan, 2013
Have made this dish twice now and turned out perfectly each time. If I can make it succesfull with little cooking experiance, it has to be foolproof!
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mylococo
5th Jan, 2013
5.05
Absolutely delicious, it took about 35 minutes to cook the rice, I added the wine after the rice had gone slightly translucent (about 5 mins) then added the stock a bit at a time until absorbed each time, then followed the remaining recipe. I left the the risotto after cooked with a lid on for 10 mins to soak up all the flavours... so tasty :0)
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mylococo
5th Jan, 2013
5.05
Absolutely delicious, it took about 35 minutes to cook the rice, I added the wine after the rice had gone slightly translucent (about 5 mins) then added the stock a bit at a time until absorbed each time, then followed the remaining recipe. I left the the risotto after cooked with a lid on for 10 mins to soak up all the flavours... so tasty :0)
impeed
3rd Oct, 2012
To Karen, You need to soak the porcini then make sure you wash them a bit to get the grit out if you are unlucky enough to get some that has soil attached when it was dried.
provene
2nd Oct, 2012
I use the oven baked risotto receipe as the method - gives the same tasty result, but no stirring required! Also if using porcini mushrooms after draining and reserving the water rinse them before chopping, this removes the 'grit'. For the easier oven method see: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2818/ovenbaked-risotto- I find it takes longer than the stated 18 minutes, but that gives me time to have a shower and wash my hair whilst it's cooking!
thisishannah
6th Jul, 2012
For the basic recipe - http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/7716/herb-and-parmesan-risotto
gilliansnoxall
1st Jul, 2011
5.05
You say "continue as in the basic recipe", but how or where do we find that basic recipe? Gillian Snoxall
ccoles
4th Jun, 2011
5.05
Really easy and all my guest were impressed. I always follow Jamie Olivers Risotto recipe http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/risotto/basic-risotto-recipe.
shivanikaraji
4th Jun, 2009
5.05
Very Tasty Recipe. Really enjoyed it.
hilarywalsh
14th May, 2009
Please could someone tell me what the basic recipe is?

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