Chicken & mushroom risotto in a bowl with fork & napkin

Chicken & mushroom risotto

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 55 mins plus resting


Serves 4

Learn to make this creamy, comforting risotto with our easy, step-by-step recipe - great for using up leftover chicken

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal629
  • fat22g
  • saturates12g
  • carbs62g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre4g
  • protein37g
  • salt2g


  • 50g butter



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  • 85g smoked bacon lardons
  • 1 large onion, halved and finely chopped



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  • 250g pack chestnut mushrooms, thickly sliced
  • 300g arborio risotto rice
  • 150ml dry white wine
  • 1.4l hot chicken stock
  • 140g cooked chicken, chopped



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  • 50g grated parmesan, plus extra to serve (optional)



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

  • ½ small pack flat-leaf parsley, chopped


  1. Heat 50g butter in a large pan. Add 85g smoked bacon lardons and fry for 5 mins over a low-medium heat.

  2. Stir in 1 finely chopped large onion and fry for 10 mins more until the onion is soft but not coloured.

  3. Stir in 250g thickly sliced chestnut mushrooms and continue cooking, stirring, for 5 mins. Stir in 300g arborio risotto rice and cook over a medium heat for 2 mins until the rice has started to turn translucent.

  4. Pour in 150ml dry white wine and allow it to bubble away over the heat.

  5. Pour in a quarter of 1.4l hot chicken stock and set a timer for 20 mins.

  6. Continue cooking, stirring very frequently, topping up with a splash more stock as it gets absorbed – this is best done in three more stages, until the rice is cooked and most of the stock has been absorbed (you may not need all the stock). The texture now should be creamy, like rice pudding.

  7. Stir through 140g chopped cooked chicken, warm briefly, then turn off the heat. Stir through 50g grated parmesan and ½ small pack chopped flat-leaf parsley, cover and leave to rest for 5 mins to allow more liquid to be absorbed into the rice.

  8. Season to taste and serve with extra parmesan, if you like.

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12th Mar, 2019
Not sure what i did wrong but i found this incredibly bland!
22nd Jan, 2019
I have made this countless times, Always come's out perfect if you follow the recipe.
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30th Nov, 2018
I made this pretty much as described (used a little more rice) it was really lovely. this is the 3rd risotto I've made from BBC Good food and they have all been fantastic. This is a good way to use up leftover chicken or Turkey (since it's nearly December). we used chicken stock from boiling bones rather than stock cubes, so didn't find it salty at all (as some others have said) I think it would depend on which stock you choose to use.
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Maddie Begg
14th Oct, 2018
Absolutely delicious and pretty easy. I chopped the mushrooms very finely so they had a nicer texture. I also added a couple cloves of garlic and some rosemary and mixed herbs. Would definitely recommend using reduced salt/ more dilute chicken stock because it ended up quite salty, but I combatted this by adding more water and white whine.
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Caroline Gower
14th Jul, 2018
First time I have ever attempted risotto and this was delicious, halved the quantities for two and was perfect!
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Lucien Hughes
1st Feb, 2018
This is absurdly delicious, although if you have a large appetite I'd advise making this amount for 2-3 people rather than four.
22nd Oct, 2017
It was simple to cook and really delicious! I added some garlic, italian herbs and grated cheese as well. I agree that this dish is better than some restaurant risottos I have had. It is getting saved in my favourite recipes! (Top tip for those not wanting to open a large wine bottle - you can buy a 180ml mini bottle for £1.30 from a supermarket).
10th Oct, 2017
Made this for my boyfriend as we had a load of leftover chicken from the sunday roast. He absolutely loved it!!! I only made one (huge!) portion so it didn't take as long, and my local shop didn't have parsley so I didn't use any of that, but he didn't seem to notice.
New male cook
7th Oct, 2017
Excellent recipe. My first ever risotto and it was creamy, tasty and basically perfect. I was only cooking for 2 so decided to 2/3 the measurements. I didn't need all the (reduced amount of) stock and had about 200 ml left at the end. I also prepared it in advance by cooking it up to the point where l had added half the stock, then rapidly chilled it and kept it in the fridge. I then simply carried on from where l left off by heating up some stock and putting the rice etc back in the pan. Will definitely be making it again.
1st Jul, 2017
Never made risotto before and it tasted fab! Everyone loved it! Very impressed :)


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