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Easy 'risotto'

really quick and cheap



  • 1. diced skinless chicken breasts (about 2 per person)
  • *Tip* You can substitute the diced chicken breasts for skinned, boned, diced chicken thighs (about 4 - 5 per person) if you're broke. A small pack of chicken thighs will only cost around £2.00
  • 2. a white onion (finely diced)
  • 3. 3 garlic cloves (roughly chopped)
  • 4. mushrooms (stalks removed, peeled and finely sliced)
  • 5. garlic purée (about half a teaspoon)
  • 6. salt and black pepper (preferably freshly ground)
  • 7. 1 - 2 tins of creamed sweetcorn (I use green giant)
  • *Tip* If you're broke you can buy a large tin of cheap regular sweetcorn (I've used tesco value range and asda smartprice before), drain half the liquid and put the other half of the liquid and the sweetcorn in the food processor (or you could use a blender or hand blender)
  • 8. rice (long grain or basmati)
  • 9. cooking oil
  • 10. half a pack of smoked streaky bacon cut into small cubes or a small pack of smoked lardons.
  • *Tip* If you're really broke don't use any chicken, just use a full pack of smoked streaky bacon or a large pack or smoked lardons instead.


1. place the rice in a microwavable bowl and cover with boiling water. Place in the microwave for 10 minutes (more than 2 portions will take up to 15 minutes).

2. cook the chicken in a large, deep pan (non-stick works best as you wont need as much oil)with a little oil.

3. When the chicken is about half cooked add the bacon and onion.

4. Once the bacon, chicken & onions are cooked add the mushrooms and garlic.

5. Remove the largest peice of chicken from the pan and slice down the middle to check that it is cooked all the way through. It should be white not pink.

5. Add the creamed sweetcorn and a small amount of garlic purée and warm through.

6. once the rice is cooked add it to the sauce and stir through.

7. Add salt and pepper to taste.

8. Serve and enjoy!

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  • Thanks for sharing, Lisa! Great post.