Chicken Cacciatore Risotto

December 14, 2011 · 14 comments

in chicken/poultry,italian,rice and grains

I remember coming across this recipe a really long time ago, thinking, “I need to make this right away!” and then somehow it got pushed from the menu the following week and back into the depths of my Google Reader. It’s really quite unfortunate, because this was a great meal.

I love meals that are spins on other popular dishes. I do it frequently with burgers and risotto myself. This risotto is based on chicken cacciatore. Cacciatore, while flavorful in itself, is usually put on top of plain pasta. It’s still delicious, but letting the flavors of the cacciatore permeate through the whole dish, as it does with this risotto, is a fabulous idea.

I normally use white wine in my cacciatore [please click only if you want see a  horrific picture and an even more horrific "write up"], but I liked Josie’s use of red wine so I went with it. I’m now looking forward to making another red wine risotto very soon. The red wine just gave the risotto a greater depth of flavor—and a very pretty color!

Although this recipe called for chicken thighs, I used breasts. It’s not that I don’t like thighs—in fact, if you read this blog at all, you should know I hold them far superior to chicken breasts—but breasts were what I had in my freezer. I made a few other small changes to this recipe, and we were very happy with the results. I’m looking forward to making this again and not letting it get lost in the black hole of internet recipes.

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Nicole, RD December 14, 2011 at 8:53 am

I do the same thing with recipes…have every intention of making it ASAP and voila, months have passed. This looks delicious and I, too, love the idea of red wine in there. After making a red wine pasta I’m sold on red wine IN entrees! Yum!

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Jessica @ Cajunlicious December 14, 2011 at 11:20 am

So glad I came across your delicious blog, this looks so amazing! You’ve got yourself a new follower! XO Jessica

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Ann P. December 14, 2011 at 1:32 pm

MM, I love Chicken cacciatore, i love risotto, so this is like my perfect meal! great job, it looks delicious!

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Soma Sengupta December 14, 2011 at 1:39 pm

This looks great! Thanks!

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Miranda @ Living One Bite at a Time December 15, 2011 at 1:20 am

Oh my gosh this looks sooo good! Found your blog from FoodGawker – adding you to my Google Reader :) Can’t wait to see more recipes from you!

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Joanne December 15, 2011 at 5:31 am

This is definitely a super fun spin on an already delicious classic! Arborio rice and that creamy risotto texture makes just about any dish better, I’m convinced.

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bellini December 15, 2011 at 9:28 am

I am glad that you finally made this dish and shared it with us Elly!

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Lindsey December 16, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Made this tonight for dinner…it was delicious. This was my first time making risotto and it came out great. It took a little more liquid than the recipe called for in order to cook the rice all the way. Definitely will make again! Thanks.

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elly January 1, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Glad you liked it, Lindsey!

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Urban Wife December 20, 2011 at 11:19 am

My Google Reader probably has hit its’ max capacity on ‘Starred Items’. But this one!!
Oh my!! It will be made asap.

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Annie December 27, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Sounds awesome. Starred!

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Kevin (Closet Cooking) January 1, 2012 at 9:27 am

Now this is a tasty sounding risotto!

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Virginia April 1, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Thanks for posting this! I made Josie’s version shortly after she posted it, loved it, and promptly lost the recipe. Then you posted it and I saved it in my Google Reader, thinking it sounded familiar. making this for dinner tonight- can’t wait to try your take on it.

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