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Easy Chicken Risotto with Zucchini

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Easy Chicken Risotto with Zucchini is an elegant and easy weeknight meal for family and friends! Try one of our variations on this dish to use up whatever veggies you’ve got in your fridge.

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I feel like risotto gets a bad rap as being something difficult to cook and really….it’s not. Does it take some time? Oh sure, but it’s not hard work or technically difficult. So making this Easy Chicken Risotto with Zucchini is truly easy.

How to Make Risotto Creamy

So, risotto is unique in that all of the starch in the rice grains makes it’s own creamy sauce. The best way to achieve the creamy consistency that risotto is famous for is by SLOWLY adding in your cooking liquid (in this case, chicken broth).

When I say “add it slowly”, what I mean is to add in a ladle of hot stock, then stir stir stir until the liquid is mostly absorbed and then adding your next ladle full.

You don’t want to add all of the stock at once because you will miss out on the creaminess of risotto and it will take longer for all of the rice to cook.

Chicken Risotto Variations

This recipe is really a starting point for your risotto. There are lots of different variations to this recipe that you could tailor to what ever is rolling around in your fridge. For example:

Easy Chicken Risotto with Zucchini

Easy Chicken Risotto with Zucchini is a creamy risotto recipe that everyone will love!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: dinner, main dish
Cuisine: american
Keyword: chicken, risotto
Servings: 4
Calories: 655kcal
Author: jodiemo


  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil separated
  • 1 1/2 cups Risotto
  • 5-6 cups chicken broth hot
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 large zucchini quartered and sliced
  • 1 large red pepper diced
  • 2 cups chopped cooked chicken
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup grated parmesan


  • In a large skillet, heat 1 T oil over medium-high heat. Add zucchini and peppers and season with salt and pepper. Cook veggies until they have softened. Add chicken to the pan and cook until heated through. Turn heat to low until risotto is ready.
    Easy Chicken Risotto with Zucchini
  • In a large saucepan, melt butter and oil over medium-high heat, saute onions and garlic until onion is translucent. Add in rice and cook for 1 minute until the rice has absorbed some of the liquid and has turned opaque.
  • Gradually add in chicken stock, 1 ladle at a time. Stirring until the liquid has been absorbed before adding another ladle.
    Easy Chicken Risotto with Zucchini
  • Continue ladling stock and stirring until all of the broth has been incorporated and the rice is tender. Add chicken mixture and Parmesan into the pot.


Calories: 655kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 1554mg | Potassium: 661mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1500IU | Vitamin C: 71mg | Calcium: 318mg | Iron: 5mg
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  1. Jodie! CONGRATULATIONS on your baby! She is looking good! I did click on the old blogger URL and it show I was being directed.. but then, it got stuck! I may not be you, but me (I’m accessing from work, so you know the network is picky!). I will try it from home later on tonight and see if the problem continues. Regarless, I’m really like it, love the colors and the simplicity of it. You did good chica!

  2. Great job Jodie! Love the new website… it just needs your picture on it!! I’ll ask John what he knows about html.

  3. Hahahaha. I’m not sure quite what you’ve been through in making the transition, but I can tell right away that whatever hell you’ve endured, it was worth it. The site looks wonderful. Great work!

    1. I think canned chicken would work great for this! I got about 6 good size portions out of this recipe. Plenty to go around! Thanks!

    1. Domain is the easy part. You can actually buy one through Blogger and not have to lift more than one finger. Changing from Blogger to WordPress is the hardest part. It requires two fingers, primarily the middle one, and quite a bit of cursing and alcohol. Unless of course, you can afford the several hundred bucks for someone else to do it for you.

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Jodie is a wife, mom, writer and lover of chickens and gardens. She runs her family's winery by day and cooks and writes by night.

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