Chicken Barley Risotto

Chicken Barley Risotto


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Pearl barley is a good substitution for arborio rice in risotto. This is a creamy chicken and mushroom risotto.


Serves: 4 

  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 1/2 cups (875ml) water
  • 1 1/2 cups (375ml) vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 cup (250ml) light milk
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) fat-free evaporated milk
  • 1 cup pearl barley
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1/2 cup (60g) Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup (60g) Romano cheese, grated

Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:1hour  ›  Ready in:1hour20min 

  1. Preheat an oven to 180 degrees C. Place chicken breasts in a baking dish and coat with balsamic vinegar.
  2. Bake the chicken breasts in the preheated oven until no longer pink in the centre and the juices run clear; about 45 minutes. 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. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Reduce the heat to medium and stir in 1 cup of the boiling vegetable stock; continue stirring until the barley has absorbed the liquid and turned creamy. Repeat this process until there is only 1 cup of stock left.
  6. Stir in the chicken with the last cup of stock. When finished the barley should be tender yet slightly firm; about 45 minutes.
  7. Stir in the butter, Parmesan cheese and Romano cheese before serving.

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