The weather has turned decidedly Autumnal here in the UK and I know I’m not the only one who is hankering after warm, filling comfort food. Last week we were supposed to have grilled chicken salad for dinner but I was totally uninspired by it and needed something warm and tasty. I had a look online for a chicken bacon risotto recipe and found one which wasn’t Slimming World friendly, so I adapted it and made it suit the plan.
This recipe is not synfree (2.5 syns per portion, serves 2 big bowls full) but it is relatively low in syns which is perfect for an evening meal when sharing with the family. It’s got a small amount of white wine in it which really adds to the flavour and some parmesan stirred in towards the end of the cooking process. All in all, it was a really delicious dish and one that we’ll have again.
- 2 chicken breasts, diced
- 4 bacon medallions, cut into strips
- 1 onion, diced
- 500ml chicken stock (I used two chicken OXO stock cubes)
- 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 150g risotto rice
- 100ml white wine (2.5 syns but always check your own syns for the wine you use)
- Frozen peas (as many as you prefer)
- Mushrooms (as many as you prefer)
- 15g Parmesan (2.5 syns but always check your own syns for the cheese)
- 2 teaspoons of dried sage
- 2 teaspoons of rosemary
- Salt and pepper
- Spray a deep frying pan with Frylight
- Add the chicken and bacon, fry until cooked through then remove from the pan
- Re-spray with Frylight and add the onion, garlic, mushrooms and fry gently
- Once onions have softened, add the risotto rice and stir fry for 30 seconds
- Pour in the wine and keep stirring
- Once the wine has reduced, add the stock but only one-ladle full at a time
- Let the rice soak up the liquid and keep adding the stock until you’ve added it all
- Add the herbs, chicken, bacon and peas back to the pan
- Season to taste
- Stir through and add a little water if needed
- Keep the heat low and simmer for 15 minutes
- Just before serving, turn the heat off, add the parmesan and stir through
- Serve and enjoy!
It’s a really delicious dish and I used minimal amounts of wine and cheese in it to keep it low syn. This recipe serves 2 huge portions (or 4 smaller ones) and the total recipe has a syn value of 5 so only 2.5 syns if you’re sharing the dish.