Chicken and Chorizo Risotto
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Chicken and Chorizo Risotto

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Serves 4

Although this isn't made with risotto rice, the richness of the chorizo and the addition of butter and Parmesan cheese make this a nice rich meal, and more similar to risotto than a normal rice dish. Always a favourite with our family!

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  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 Chorizo, chopped
  • 1 Red pepper, finely sliced
  • 1 Yellow pepper, finely sliced
  • 2 Chicken breasts, chopped
  • 2 Onions, finely chopped
  • 3 Cups of Basmati rice / enough for 4 people
  • 1 and quarter pints vegetable or chicken stock
  • Glug of white wine (optional)
  • Tin of sweetcorn
  • Handful of frozen peas
  • Generous shaving of Parmesan cheese
  • Knob of butter


    1. Fry the onion in a large pan until soft. In a separate frying pan, fry the peppers until brown around the edges and soft. Put peppers aside.
    2. In the pepper pan, fry the chicken pieces on a high heat until golden brown and cooked through. Place aside and keep warm
    3. Add rice to onion. Fry for 2 minutes. Add wine if using and stir till evaporated. Gradually add the stock, ladle by ladle.
    4. Once all liquid has been absorbed and rice is soft enough, add Chorizo, cooked chicken, peppers and the sweetcorn and frozen peas. Stir for a further 5 minutes or until heated through.
    5. Allow the chorizo juices to seep into the rice. Add the Parmesan and knob of butter. Stir through and season to taste. Serve immediately, with crusty bread and alioli.

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24th Apr, 2020
Cant believe such a rubbish recipe is on BBC. Basmati is totally inappropriate rice for a risotto. Follow this and you end up with a flop, not a risotto.
18th Mar, 2016
It's not a risotto using Basmati. You need to use small grain rice that absorbs more liquid. I used risotto rice, you can even use 'pudding' rice. and added shredded cabbage 10 mins before the end of cooking. delicious!
1st Apr, 2014
I would always use one of the risotto rice types for this recipe myself. Also a tip I use is to heat the chicken and chorizo at the start in olive old and then remove them from the pan and cook the other ingredients using the amazing rich oil from the chorizo. A great recipe though an one I cook regularly (and will tonight)
7th Mar, 2013
This was the first risotto I made and it was lovely! I used arborio rice rather than basmati but it worked fine. Will ddfinitely be recommending it to people.
23rd Apr, 2014
Made this tonight and was fab. Do you think it would freeze well?
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