Mushroom chicken barley risotto

    1 hour 15 min

    Pearl barley is a good substitution for arborio rice in risotto.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breast fillets
    • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
    • 825ml water
    • 375ml vegetable stock
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 large chopped onion
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 100g sliced fresh mushrooms
    • 250ml semi skimmed milk
    • 60ml light evaporated milk
    • 200g pearl barley
    • 1 teaspoon butter
    • 50g grated Parmesan cheese
    • 50g grated Pecorino Romano cheese

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Ready in:1hr15min 

    1. Preheat the overn to 180 C / Gas 4. Place chicken breasts in a baking dish and coat with balsamic vinegar.
    2. Bake the chicken breasts in the preheated until no longer pink in the centre and the juices run clear, about 45 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the centre should read at least 74 degrees C. Slice chicken into small pieces. Set aside.
    3. In the meantime, bring the water and vegetable stock to a low boil in a saucepan, then turn off the heat.
    4. Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic; cook and stir until the onion begins to turn golden brown at the edges, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, then add mushrooms, cooking until mushrooms are tender. Pour the milk and the evaporated milk into the same saucepan and heat for 2 minutes. Stir in the barley. Reduce the heat to medium and stir in 250ml of the boiling vegetable stock; continue stirring until the barley has absorbed the liquid and turned creamy. Repeat this process until there is only 250ml of stock left. Stir in the chicken with the last 250ml of stock. When finished, the barley should be tender, yet slightly firm, about 45 minutes. Stir in the butter, Parmesan cheese and Pecorino cheese before serving.

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    Excellent! Very rich. I only had skim/fat free mik, which worked fine. I will cut the romano cheese down to about 1/8-1/4 cup next time I make it. While it is delicious, it's worth noting that this dish (like regular risotto) is very labor intensive--you are standing at the stove stirring nonstop for about an hour.  -  05 Jan 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I thought this tasted great. I did make one small change, i cubed the chicken and cooked it in a tsp of the olive oil, then added just 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar (instead of 2) at the end of cooking to glaze the chicken, then set it aside. Then I continued the recipe in the same pot.  -  31 Oct 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I did a little tweaking - poached the chicken. Didn't use water - it has no flavor - used stock & wine. Needed more liquid/time to get the barley cooked. See my custom version for notes.  -  28 Feb 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)