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Gluten free dinner recipe - Chicken, Mushroom and Courgette Risotto

Published 3 October, 2006

Well I've been abandoned by the gluten free food freak - he's off on a jolly, sorry, business trip for the week, so it's down to me to feed the family. After standing at an open fridge door and scratching my head for a bit, I came up with chicken, mushroom and courgette risotto.

Chicken stock (from the freezer).
olive oil
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 onion, chopped
300g risotto rice
2 sundried tomatoes, chopped finely
3 organic courgettes
250g organic mushrooms
handful fresh parsley, chopped (which I keep in the freezer for emergencies!)
200g roast chicken
optional - grated parmesan cheese

Risottos are great as you can put almost anything into them and they usually taste great. The technique is essentially the same, no matter what you put in it.

Heat up your chicken stock.

In some olive oil, saute gently the garlic and onion, for about 10 minutes, without letting it brown. Turn up the heat a little, and add your risotto rice and stir for about 1 minute. Add the chopped dried tomatoes and a ladle of hot chicken stock and stir into the rice mixture. Keep adding stock one ladle at a time and stir frequently. The rice will take about 18 minutes or so from when you added your first ladle of stock. Taste the rice and it should have a light "bite" to the centre when it's ready.

Meanwhile, finely grate the mushrooms and courgettes. (I did this so baby can eat the risotto too). Lightly saute the mushrooms and courgettes in a frying pan, with a little olive oil, for about 10 minutes. Add the parsley and finely chopped chicken (again chopped for the baby) and leave until you're ready to add it to the cooked rice.

When the rice is ready, add the vegetables and chicken, season and stir in well. Leave to sit for a few minutes, then serve.

This gluten free dinner recipe went down well with both baby and I - the husband, had he been here, would have loved it too. And today I packed up a little pot for baby's lunch at nursery. Hopefully today she will still like her chicken, mushroom and courgette risotto!

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