Quick Chicken Primavera Risotto
This was another Pampered Chef recipe that I wanted to try so that I would have more savory recipes to try out at cooking shows. I was not disappointed. Pampered Chef has some wonderful, quick, and tasty recipes that would be great for busy families who are always on the go. This week and next, I put together two of their Power Cooking sets of meals and so far, I’m thoroughly impressed. Nothing like coming home and popping a ready-made meal in the skillet to heat up and eat. Yum!
Ingredients 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 6 oz each) salt and black pepper Olive Oil 1 lemon, cut in half crosswise 1 medium onion 1 large garlic clove, pressed 2 packages (8.8 oz each) buttery or roasted chicken flavored pre-cooked rice (I used Uncle Bens in the vacuum packs) 1 medium carrot, peeled 1 medium zucchini 2 plum tomatoes 2-2.5 cups chicken broth 1/2 cup (2 oz) grated Asiago cheese 1/4 cup snipped fresh basil 2 oz. cream cheese
Preparation Flatted chicken to 1/2 inch thickness using meat tenderizer. Season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper. Lightly spray 12 inch skillet with oil, heat over medium-high heat 1-3 minutes or until hot. Arrange chicken and lemon halves, cut side down, in skillet; cook 3-4 minutes on each side or until center of chicken is no longer pink (do not turn lemon halves). Remove chicken and lemon from skillet. Cool slightly; slice into 1/2 inch pieces and set aside.
Dice onion. Lightly spray same skillet with additional oil. Cook onion and garlic over medium heat 4-6 minutes or until onion is tender.
Add rice; juice caramelized lemon halves into skillet. Cook and stir 3-4 minutes or until juice is completely absorbed into rice. Cut carrot into julienne strips. Slice zucchini. Seed tomatoes and dice. Add vegetables and 2 cups of chicken broth to skillet, bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; simmer 4-5 minutes or until broth is slightly thickened. Stir in chicken; cook until heated through.
Remove risotto from heat. Add Asiago cheese and basil; stir until cheese is melted and sauce is thickened (Adjust sauce consistency with additional broth, if necessary). Stir in cream cheese, if desired.