Chicken, Sweet Potato and Pea Risotto

2013-04-01
  • Servings : 6
  • Prep Time : 15m
  • Cook Time : 30m
  • Ready In : 45m

Risotto for me is the ultimate comfort food and cooked in the right way it can be a healthy meal option for the whole family.  I cooked this chicken, sweet potato and pea risotto with George in mind as I am trying to introduce some more textured chicken and meat into his diet as he starts (very slowly) his journey onto more family style meals.

Note: Risotto can be frozen in individual portions or great the next day formed into balls and lightly fried as a yummy finger food option. Check out our recipe for tomato risotto balls for tips on how to do this.

Tip: To add a hint of chilli or spice for the adults, lightly fry some garlic and chilli together in a separate fry pan and stir into the adult portions.

Nutrition Note:  When introducing your baby to family meals try to include ingredients and flavours your baby is familiar with to help with the transition.

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Ingredients

  • 30g unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup sweet potato, finely diced
  • 1 chicken thigh, diced into small pieces
  • 1.5-1.75 L of salt reduced or homemade vegetable or chicken stock ( I used half stock and half water)
  • 2 cups of arborio rice
  • a good handful of frozen peas
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley (optional)
  • pepper to taste (optional)

Method

Step 1

Heat the butter and olive oil in a large, heavy based saucepan. Add the onion and fry for 1-2 minutes, or until soft. -

Step 2

Add the sweet potato and cook for 6-8 minutes or until tender. While the sweet potato, heat the stock in a separate saucepan and keep it at simmering point. -

Step 3

Mash the sweet potato and onion lightly. Add the chicken and cook for a 2-3 minutes until lightly browned and cook through. -

Step 4

Add the rice to the vegetables and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Ladle in enough hot stock to cover the rice and stir well. Reduce the heat and add more stock ladle by ladle as it is absorbed, stirring frequently. Continue until the rice is tender and creamy (this should take around 25-30 minutes). Add the frozen peas as you add the last ladle of stock to the pan. Note: Avoid cooking the risotto over a high heat as it will result in the rice grains having a soft texture on the outside and will remain undercooked in the centre. -

Step 5

Remove the pan from the heat and stir through the parmesan cheese, parsley and pepper. Cover and leave to stand for 5 minutes before serving. For younger babies you can blend to a smoother texture if necessary.
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Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Lisa Lewis on August 17, 2013

    Could this be frozen seen as it has rice in the recipe? Thanks

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    • posted by Jess on August 17, 2013

      Hi Lisa, yes you can freeze this either in individual portions or rolled up into little rice balls for finger food. When reheating you may find you need to add a little water as it can dry out in the microwave. Enjoy, J x

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  2. posted by Shell on August 22, 2014

    Could you leave out the cheese or substitute something else in its place?

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  3. posted by Tahlia on October 13, 2014

    i am in the process of making this and ran outta stock before it cooked do i just use more stock till its cooked ?

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    • posted by Allie on October 14, 2014

      Yep, stock or water. Ax

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  4. posted by Aimee on October 16, 2014

    My fussy little 10 month old demolished this tonight. Loved every mouthful, thank you!

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  5. posted by Carolyn on July 25, 2015

    Instructions don’t make sense in some parts?!
    “While the sweet potato, heat the stock in a separate saucepan and keep it at simmering point.” I assume this is sweet potato ‘cooks’ (?) in with the onions?

    After 7 minutes in the pan the onions are burnt before the chicken is cooked :(

    “Add the rice to the vegetables” – the sweet potatoes, onions & chicken? Or to the vegetable/chicken stock?

    SO confused! Granted I’m a very poor cook but this looked so good. Its now sitting burnt in the pan on my stove :( Would love to give it another go. This will add sweet pot earlier and try to chop even smaller?

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  6. posted by Danielle on February 8, 2016

    Miss 9month old loved this!! (as did mummy ^_^)

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  7. posted by Sarah G on May 30, 2016

    This was delicious – and made so much! My 10 month old, husband and myself demolished it with leftovers to freeze for another meal :-D

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