Creamy Mushroom Chicken Risotto
Making the perfect risotto may require time and patience, but the heavenly taste and velvety texture of this mushroom chicken risotto is worth the wait. It’s the ultimate comfort food for Sunday dinner or any cozy weeknight meal.
We’ve taken the flavor and nutritional value of this risotto to the next level by adding our Mushroom Chicken Bone Broth, which is made with slowly simmered bones, portobello mushrooms, and the powerful medicinal herb, lion’s mane mushroom. While we highly recommend using mushroom bone broth in this recipe, you can use any type of bone broth you’d like.
You could also feel free to add regular chicken breasts to this recipe, but the flavor and lightness of this risotto with chicken bone broth without the extra chicken is a nice touch. Feel free to add a dash of white wine, extra vegetables like butternut squash or green onions, or a few garlic cloves to make it your own!
If you’ve never made risotto before, we recommend using arborio rice. Using a long grain rice, such as jasmine or brown rice, may not absorb the liquid as well, and could result in less of a thick, velvety texture (which is partially what makes risotto so delicious in the first place).
Whether company is coming over or you’re cooking for one, serving up this mushroom chicken risotto recipe will make you feel like a gourmet chef in your own home. It’s an easy dish that requires fairly little cooking time: It’s done in under an hour.
Why Use Bone Broth Instead of Chicken Stock or Broth?
When you use bone broth as a base in recipes, you’ll feed your body nutrients like collagen, gelatin, marrow, amino acids, minerals, and glycine, all of which can support optimal health. It packs a nutritional punch compared to broths or stocks (yes, even low-sodium chicken broth). Here’s an overview of the specific health benefits bone broth provides and why we love using it in our cooking.
Supports Digestive Health
Collagen and gelatin have been shown to heal the gut lining — which is exactly what you need to digest dietary fiber, build the immune system, and heal leaky gut (1). By supporting your digestive tract with these nutrients, you can also heal and prevent other conditions such as candida and SIBO that stem from compromised digestive health.
Bone broth is highly anti-inflammatory thanks to its amino acid profile. It contains glycine, proline, arginine, and glutamine, which all help reduce chronic inflammation (3, 4). Inflammation reduction is key for preventing cardiovascular disease, age-related disease, and other chronic illnesses (5).
Boosts the Immune System
Bone broth contains several essential vitamins and minerals in high concentrations, all of which can provide immune system support. One of these minerals is zinc, a powerful antioxidant, which is crucial for normal development and function of cells and has been shown to reduce infections (6).
Repairs Joint Health
The ligaments and connective tissue found in bone broth recipes provide large amounts of glucosamine and chondroitin, both of which have anti-inflammatory properties that help repair the skin and joints. The collagen in bone broth also contains the amino acids proline and glycine, which are key to combating joint pain and speeding up injury recovery (7).
Bone broth provides an essential source of magnesium, which synthesizes proteins, transmits nerve signals, and relaxes the muscles to support restful sleep (8). It can also help you stay asleep due to the amino acid glycine, an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brainstem and spinal cord (9). It’s the primary neurotransmitter that inhibits sleep cycle motor neurons during active sleep (10).
Promotes Healthy Skin
Healthy skin is not only a result of the nutrients you eat, but how well you absorb them. Bone broth promotes optimal nutrient absorption, as the collagen and gelatin help heal and seal holes in the gut lining (11). Collagen also plays a role in maintaining skin elasticity and preventing fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin (12).
Boosts Energy Levels
Bone broth can also naturally increase your energy levels. By repairing the gut lining, you can improve your body’s ability to absorb the essential nutrients that are needed for energy production. Minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus all play an important role in oxygen transport and energy production (13). Once the minerals are released, they’re highly bioavailable — which means they’re easy to absorb.
Creamy Mushroom Chicken Risotto
The flavor and nutritional value of this risotto has reached the next level with the addition of Mushroom Chicken Bone Broth, made with slowly simmered bones, portobella mushrooms, and the powerful medicinal herb, lion’s mane mushroom.
- 4 cups Kettle & Fire Mushroom Chicken Bone Broth
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ onion finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon grass-fed butter
- 2 sprigs thyme leaves removed
- 1 fresh bay leaf
- ½ pound crimini mushrooms
- 1 cup Arborio rice
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ½ cup parmesan freshly grated
- ½ cup frozen peas thawed
- 1 tablespoon parsley roughly chopped
In a medium pot over high heat, bring the bone broth to a boil. Once the bone broth is boiling, lower the heat to a simmer.
In a separate large pot, warm the olive oil over medium heat. Once the oil is shimmering, add the onion to the pot. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes, or until the onions are translucent.
Add ½ tablespoon of the butter, thyme, bay leaf and mushrooms. Cook for 5 more minutes, or until mushrooms are soft. Transfer the ingredients from the pot to a bowl and set aside.
Using the same pot, melt the remaining butter over medium heat and add the arborio rice. Stir until the rice is fully coated in the butter. Then add salt and pepper.
Using a measuring cup, pour 1 cup of the heated mushroom chicken bone broth into the pot with the rice. Cook until the rice has absorbed the broth, and repeat with the remaining broth, 1 cup at a time, after the broth has been absorbed or the rice is al dente, about 25-30 minutes.
Add the mushroom mixture into the pot with the rice and broth, and stir in the parmesan and peas. Garnish with parsley.
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