Monday, January 19, 2015

Lemony Chicken Risotto

Okay, here we are on January 19th, 2015, and 3 days ago was the second anniversary of The Magic Meal Fairy! As I said on the Facebook page, today I will give details for how to be the recipient of a unique TMMF mug of your very own. As of this moment, there are only 2 in the whole entire world. ;) More on that later.

But first, let’s talk about Lemony Chicken Risotto. This is a recipe that I got from *HelloFresh, a home delivery company for whom I did a review back in 2013. This recipe turned out as delicious as I had anticipated. Chicken, fresh asparagamoosus (Veggie Tales reference!), and risotto rice?? Good gravy marie, what more could you ask for?

So, let’s get cooking!

Cube the chicken breasts into about 1” pieces, and set aside.

Slice the asparagus into 1” cuts, finely chop the Vidalia onion, and slice the scallions thinly. Strip the leaves off the fresh thyme.

Zest the lemon. I used the small grating side of my grater.

In a large skillet, heat about 1 tablespoon of oil and sauté the asparagus for about 3 minutes, until slightly tender. Set aside in a bowl.

In the same pan, sauté the cubed chicken, stirring, until golden brown. Add to the bowl of asparagus.

In the skillet, heat 1 Tbl oil and sauté the onions and thyme. Cook for 5 minutes until softened.

Add the Arborio rice and cook for one minute. Begin adding the chicken stock, ½ cup at a time. Cook and stir until the rice absorbs the stock.

Keep adding stock about ½ cup at a time, stirring and cooking until absorbed, until the rice is al dente. Add the chicken and asparagus. Stir in the butter and lemon zest.

Serve with the sliced scallions and grated fresh parmesan cheese on top if you'd like. Enjoy! ~TMMF

Lemony Chicken Risotto
   (serves 4)

The mug!! 
2 large chicken breasts
½ md Vidalia onion
1 lb fresh asparagus
1 c Arborio rice
2 scallions (optional)
1 sprig fresh thyme
   (or ½ tsp dried thyme)
2 tsp lemon zest
2 Tbl butter
2 Tbl oil
4-5 c chicken stock
fresh grated parmesan

Now, for The Magic Meal Fairy’s 2nd anniversary celebration mug: Hop on over to TMMF’s Facebook page and click Like if you haven’t already. I feel it’s only fair that the winner is someone who has liked the page. Share the page’s post about this recipe, and that’s it! The names of everyone who does will go into a hat and my sweet  Megan, my daughter who has Down syndrome and is usually my cooking cohort, will reach in and pick one. The picking will be done on Friday, January 23, 2015, around 7:00 a.m. EST. Winner will be notified on The Magic Meal Fairy’s Facebook page and on here.

*if you're interested in trying out HelloFresh, my friend referral code is: 3GYSLR.

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