Risotto with Chicken, Lemon, and Basil
This simple pasta dish uses minimal ingredients for maximum flavor and makes a perfect dinner for even busy weeknights.
Why This Recipe Works
Store-bought rotisserie chicken worked perfectly for this recipe. We just discarded the skin and shredded the meat into bite-sized pieces. To speed up the cooking for the rest of our Risotto with Chicken, Lemon, and Basil recipe, (and to cut down on stirring), we came up with an unconventional method: We microwaved the rice first with chicken broth and butter before simmering on the stovetop.
For the creamiest texture, we found imported Arborio rice, an Italian-grown, short-grain rice, offered the creamiest texture. Other types of medium or short-grain rice didn’t work nearly as well.