Chicken and pea risotto recipe

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This delicious chicken and pea risotto is flavoured with thyme, white wine and Parmesan cheese for a rich, creamy dish that all the family will love.

Chicken and pea risotto
Preparation Time5 mins
Cooking Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins

Chicken and pea risotto make a brilliant family supper - all cooked in one pan and on the table in 40 minutes or less.

This risotto is so simple to make but so satisfying. It's a great way to use up any leftover roast chicken you might have from a Sunday roast. Don't worry if you don't have a full two breasts worth - you can use scraps from anywhere on the carcass (in fact, the darker meat will taste even better). If you're short you can always add a few chopped, fried mushrooms to bulk it up. This dish is also lovely served cold for lunch the day after you make it, or quickly zapped in the microwave if you prefer it warm.


  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 350g risotto rice
  • 1 glass of white wine
  • 1l vegetable stock
  • 2 chicken breasts, cooked and chopped
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 200g frozen peas
  • A drizzle of crème fraîche
  • 2 tbsp Parmesan, grated




  1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the rice and cook for one minute, making sure the rice is coated in the oil.
  3. Pour in the wine and cook until the liquid is absorbed.
  4. Add the vegetable stock, and simmer until the rice is cooked, stirring regularly.
  5. Add the cooked chicken, thyme and peas, and cook for 2 minutes. Pour in a drizzle of crème fraîche and the grated Parmesan. Season and take off the heat.
  6. Leave to stand for a few minutes and serve sprinkled with cheese.

Top Tip for making Chicken and pea risotto

In summer you can add any green seasonal veggies you like, such as purple sprouting broccoli or asparagus. In Autumn and winter try adding some chopped smoked streaky bacon and dried porcini to give those rich winter flavours. Soak the porcini for 10 minutes before adding it, then drain the water you soaked them in and add to the stock for even more flavour.

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Octavia Lillywhite
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Octavia Lillywhite is an award-winning food and lifestyle journalist with over 15 years of experience. With a passion for creating beautiful, tasty family meals that don’t use hundreds of ingredients or anything you have to source from obscure websites, she’s a champion of local and seasonal foods, using up leftovers and composting, which, she maintains, is probably the most important thing we all can do to protect the environment.