Monday, December 9, 2013

Oven-Baked Chicken and Asparagus Risotto (Bill Granger)

Watching reality cooking TV shows like Hell's Kitchen and MasterChef always give me the impression that risotto is always difficult dish to cook. Often the named as the death dish, risotto seems to send many cook show contestants home.

Is risotto a really tricky dish to cook? Why are the TV shows contestants usually end with under-cooked, over-cooked, too-dry, too-water, inconsistent risotto and eventually tears? Are these being dramatize? I like to try to see if risotto is so difficult to cook...

Nay! This is absolutely no tears at all for me after cooking mine with this fool-proof oven-baked risotto recipe by Bill Granger. Maybe, it is really true that cooking risotto on stove can be difficult, producing inconsistent results. Knowing this, the more I should stick on to this oven-baked method as it works perfectly well for me.

We love this one-pot wonder dish... Here, I like to flaunt my instant success all because of the convenience of this oven-baked risotto recipe.

oven-baked chicken and asparagus risotto Bill Granger
Oven-Baked Chicken and Asparagus Risotto (Bill Granger)
I didn't have a Le Creuset but this flameproof casserole dish has been working well for me :p
Just follow the steps and I know that I won't go wrong.
After this step, I can relax for these 15 minutes... or maybe not, I need to wrap some Christmas presents :p
Add asparagus last when the rice is cooked
Season it with Parmesan, salt and pepper.
And serve it with even more Parmesan!
Nice risotto! Nice and made with no tears!

Here's the recipe by Bill Granger (with my modification and notes in blue)

2 tbsp olive oil
500g boneless chicken breasts, cut into thin strips
1 onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 tsp finely grated lemon zest
(I used zest of 1 whole lemon)
1 cup arborio rice
1 L (4 cups) chicken stock
(I used salt-reduced one so that I can adjust the saltiness)
175g (1 bunch) asparagus, sliced on the diagonal
35g (1/3 cup) grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra to serve
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 180°C (or 160°C fan forced). Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large flameproof casserole dish over high heat. Add chicken and cook, stirring frequently for 3-4 mins or until golden brown. Remove and set aside.

Add remaining olive oil and onion and cook, stirring occasionally for 5 mins or until onion is soft. Add garlic and lemon zest and cook, stirring for 30 secs. Add rice and stir to coat in oil. Add stock and bring to the boil, stirring occasionally.

Cover the casserole and put in the oven for 15 mins. Add asparagus, return the chicken to the casserole and bake for a further 3-4 mins or until the asparagus is bright green and just tender. Stir in Parmesan and season with salt and pepper. Serve with extra Parmesan.

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  1. I can't wait to try that recipe zoe..hehee ^^

  2. Love watching Hell's Kitchen too! I'd also made a Risotto dish couple of months back & my family really enjoyed the dish.

  3. Hi Zoe,
    This is delicious!! I always have the impression that risotto is difficult to cook.
    You make it sounds quite easy. Ok. I shall try it out! :D

  4. Hi Zoe,it looks yummy,i never try to cook risotto before,make me wanna try once,tks for sharing ^^

  5. Risotto by using oven. Wao, amazing!

  6. Zoe, this is the 1st baked risotto recipe that I've studied so far. I love eating it but my children don't so I haven't had this for a long time. Now, I can only have this in the restaurant. Your risotto looks cooked perfectly!

  7. yoohooo.. i love fool proof.. and best it uses the oven! wuahahahaha!!! i will not burn pots and pans... you're z best!

  8. Delicious risotto super yummyy chicken

  9. i seriously don't know how to cook but i would love to learn!

  10. Hi Zoe, Mmm... very rich and comforting. For me, this would be heavenly on a rainy day ♥

  11. the other day I just cooked Risotto for the first time, it was good and love the chewy bites.. This recipe also sound good too.

  12. This risotto looks wonderful Zoe! Yay for the successful recipe :) I love risotto and this one sounds fantastic since it's baked instead of having to watch it carefully over the stove top. I love the combination of chicken and asparagus - sounds lovely :)

  13. I've never tried or taste risotto before but this recipe sounds so easy to cook. Will definitely try this out for sure.

  14. Hi Zoe , what a delicious dish , got to try it , thanks for sharing :)

  15. Hi dear look absolutely delicious!!!!

  16. I feel like risotto isn't hard, just time consuming.

  17. Hi Zoe! This is such a great recipe! I've been wanting to make risotto for a long time but yes, because of how they look so difficult to make on TV, I've been procrastinating! Thank you for sharing such a simple and delicious recipe!

  18. We just made risotto the other night. I've never tried cooking it in the oven before, but perhaps I should give it a go.

  19. Like Risatto !
    但是和中试的不一样。difference with Chinese food
    We call " 烩饭” hui fun

  20. I've not try risotto with the oven, but this is definitely next! I've actually tried risotto with a rice cooker and it turned out pretty decent (more like porridge) but still delicious!

  21. You did GREAT Zoe! I love risotto and yours looks delicious!!! Thank you so much for sharing...

  22. It isn't easy to make risotto and yours looks great!

  23. Hi Zoe,
    I have always wanted to try at making risotto! And have read that many still prefers to cook it over the stove than bake it in the oven. I will have to try both methods, to find out which one I prefer. I might like the oven version better, easier! Yours look delicious!

  24. Zoe, this is definitely a lot better than standing at the stove and stirring the whole time!