Meals for Moms: Baked Chicken and Leek Risotto

Ok so by now you must realise that I am quite possibly the worst housewife this side of Table Mountain! This is especially with regards to cooking. It is not something I do often and when I do I get COMPLETELY stressed out. A few weeks back my husband was away on business and I resorted to Woolies Chicken, pre-made meals and some steamed veg with fried sausage – truth be told my sister-in-law fried it! I did insist I could do it but she obviously knows better 😉

Anyway a friend recently asked me for a particular recipe which I had made for a bookclub meal (Yes I actually did this on my own!! Don’t fall off your chair Mom!). Now if I can do this meal it speaks volumes for the relative ease of the meal!! I thought it was definitely worth sharing as I know moms everywhere wonder what to make for supper with annoying regularity! This recipe can probably be adapted for veggies too with the addition of other ingredients such as mushrooms… but I wouldn’t trust me on that! I’m certainly no “Good Housekeeping” kitchen tester!

Here it i: The Easiest Baked Chicken and Leek Risotto Recipe

60g butter
1 leek (or more) – I often use the whole pack as I make a bit more than this recipe
2 chicken breast fillets (or more) – again I use a whole pack to go further and make 2 meals??
2 cups risotto rice – I use the Tastic orange pack
1/4 cup white wine (or more!)
5 cups chicken stock – I use Ina Paarman or the natural chicken stock from Organic Living in Constantia Village. It can be a bit salty so might need more water, less stock!
1/3 cups Parmesan cheese
thyme leaves (fresh or dry)

2 tsp Maizena (corn flour)
2 Tbls water
2 tsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar

1) Preheat oven to 180 C.
2) Heat butter, add leeks and cook until soft.
3) Marinate chicken (see ingredients above).
4) Add chicken to leeks and cook until it colours.
5) Add risotto and stir until it is covered with butter. Cook for 1 min.
6) Add wine and stock. Bring to the boil.
7) Cook in oven for 30 mins. Stir halfway.
8) Add in Parmesan and thyme.

This post forms part of a new series called Family Meal Times – if you have a favourite family meal that is easy and quick to make and popular with all members of the family and you wouldn’t mind sharing it on my blog then please feel free to contact me. I would love to hear from you!

images: Kathryn Rossiter (OK so it tastes better than it looks. There is a reason I’m not a food stylist!)

Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

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