This is a simple risotto recipe perfected by my husband. When cooked right, it spreads slightly and is just a tiny bit creamy.
1 cup Arborrio rice
1.5 cups chicken broth
3 boneless skinless chicken thighs
1 Italian chicken sausage
1 yellow onion
1 large bulb of garlic (about 12 cloves)
1 tomato (diced into small pieces) or 10-12 cherry tomatoes (cut in halves)
1 sprig of rosemary (about 4 inches or more)
8 leaves of fresh basil
extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
¾ cup finely grated parmesan regianno
Add rice, broth, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil together in a pot. Bring to boil while covered. Once boiling, stir and simmer with cover on for 15 minutes. While simmering, prepare the chicken.
Chop up the chicken and sausage into bite sized pieces. Mix with 3 tablespoons of olive oil, the oyster sauce, and lightly sprinkle with salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder. Finely chop onion and peeled garlic cloves. Cook chopped onion and garlic with olive oil in medium sized saucepan or wok on medium heat. Stir in chicken and sausage mix and cook thoroughly. (Please note that you can use already cooked sausage if you want but it then add it in after the chicken is already cooked. Uncooked sausage should be cooked at the same time as the chicken.)Tear rosemary off the stem. Add in rosemary, basil leaves, and chopped tomato.
Add the cooked chicken, sausage, garlic, and onion mixture to the rice after it has been simmering for 15 minutes. Mix in parmesan cheese. Sprinkle with garlic powder and Italian seasoning. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Dr. Jacqueline Cheung, also known as Jax, grew up in Sacramento, California. She is a Christian Wife, Proud Mom, Major Foodie, Sacramento Native, Elk Grove Resident, Feminist, Adoption Advocate, Blogger, Freelance Writer, and Cat Lover. Jax is the owner of the award winning Jax Chronicles blog & adoption ministry. She also works as a Freelance Writer and writes for Sacramento4Kids, the Elk Grove Laguna News, and many other publications. Jax is married to Dr. Kenneth Cheung (Kenny). Jax and Kenny live in Elk Grove, California and have 2 daughters named Roxy and Carissa, and 3 cats named Mochi, Miso, and Mango. You can follow her journey on Instagram @jaxchronicles, her Jax Chronicles Facebook page , or her Jax Chronicles blog.