Creamy Chicken Risotto with Peas

Creamy Chicken Risotto with Peas, one of my favourite Italian dishes that can be served in under 30 minutes. Comforting, delicious, this is one of those dinner recipes that the whole family can enjoy.

Overhead shoot of a white plate with risotto

As a child, I wasn’t very keen on rice, at least not on the dishes I had. Our pilaf is pretty similar in texture and flavours to risotto, although the cooking technique can vary.

When I moved to England and had to start cooking for myself, I stayed away from pilaf for quite a while, until I started missing mum’s food and home in general.

When I got to visit my family and mum had some pilaf for dinner, l thought that was the tastiest food in the whole wide world.

Funny how you get to appreciate what real home-made food is and wonder why you were such a silly child to dislike or refuse it.

Now I absolutely love risottos of any kind, be it with chicken, or just vegetarian, like my Mushroom Risotto.

Creamy chicken risotto with peas on a fork with a white plate of more risotto in the background

How do you make creamy chicken risotto with peas?

It’s all about patience. Risotto is not a dish to be rushed, or just add chicken stock to it and forget about it till it’s ready.

We do need to stir continuously, to make sure the rice cooks properly, and we get the creamy texture a good risotto should have.

  • First, we need need to cook the chicken. Season it well with salt and pepper, add to a pan with oil, and fry gently until ready.
  • Set aside, then add the chopped onion to the same pan, and cook until it softens, then add the rice, and stir for one minute, so that the rice becomes transluscent.
  • Add the chicken stock, one ladleful at the time, stiring well until all the liquid evaporates before adding more stock.
  • Once it’s all cooked, add the chicken, peas, parmesan, season with salt and pepper, and serve immediately.

A white plate of Creamy chicken risotto with peas, a slice of lemon, parsley and grated cheese in the background

Can I cook chicken risotto with leftover chicken?

Absolutely! You can use any leftover chicken you have, or even rotisserie chicken. That will only bring the cooking time down.

You can just follow all the steps, and add the chicken in the end with the peas and parmesan.

Can I make risotto without white wine?

I actually don’t use alcohol at all in my risottos, and they always turn out perfectly. The wine may add more flavour, but cooking without it is no big problem.

I’m not actually a big fan of alcohol in general, so I don’t really go out of my way to buy it only for cooking.

But, if you do want to add some, it can be added just after the rice is in, and let it cook before adding any chicken broth.

Overhead shoot of a white plate with risotto

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Creamy chicken risotto with peas
Creamy Chicken Risotto with Peas
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins

Creamy Chicken Risotto with Peas, one of my favourite Italian dishes that can be ready in about 30 minutes. 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: risotto recipes
Servings: 3 people
Calories: 500 kcal
Author: Daniela Anderson
  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 onion
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • a knob of butter
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1 chicken breast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • fresh parsley
  1. Dice the chicken breast, season well with salt and pepper and add one tablespoon of oil to a frying pan.

  2. Fry the chicken until tender and cooked through. Remove from the heat, add a splash of lemon juice and set aside.

  3. Chop the onion and add the remaining oil and butter to a pan. Fry the onion until golden, then add the rice and stir for 1 minute on a medium heat.

  4. Next, start adding the chicken stock, one ladle at a time, stirring continuously. Once the liquid is absorbed, add another ladle of stock until it is all used up.

    At this stage, the rice is creamy and cooked through.

  5. Separately, boil the frozen peas in salted water for 10-15 minutes. Drain the water and set aside.

  6. Add the peas, chicken, parmesan, season with salt, pepper and garnish with freshly chopped parsley.

  7. Serve immediately!

Recipe Notes
  • Click on the US Customary link to see the measurements displayed in cups and ounces.
  • The servings can be adjusted by clicking the number next to Servings.
Nutrition Facts
Creamy Chicken Risotto with Peas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 500 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 34mg 11%
Sodium 1216mg 51%
Potassium 554mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 68g 23%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 6g
Protein 21g 42%
Vitamin A 4.3%
Vitamin C 16.9%
Calcium 5.9%
Iron 21.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.




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  • Reply
    January 31, 2017 at 4:22 am

    I love risotto! Such a lovely recipe!?

  • Reply
    February 4, 2017 at 7:12 am

    Hearty and yum!

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