19 July 2013

Poached Chicken, Leek, Courgette and Broad Bean Risotto

Enjoy this supper al fresco with friends and a bottle of something good.


1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 large garlic clove, crushed
1 large leek
Olive oil
1 courgette
Small handful of broad beans
300g risotto rice
Small wine glass of white wine
1 litre good quality vegetable stock
Small handful of fresh tarragon
1 lemon
Salt and pepper
2 chicken breast fillets


Put a large frying pan on a high heat and add a good glug of olive oil. 
Once the oil is really hot, add the crushed garlic and onion and immediately reduce the heat slightly. 

Sweat the onions and garlic until tender and then add the leeks. Continue to cook on a medium heat until the leeks have wilted and the onion has begun to take on a little colour. 

Add a little more olive oil and turn the heat back up. Throw in the risotto rice and stir for about 1-2 minutes until the rice begins to fry. Add the white wine and reduce in order to boil off the alcohol. 

Turn the heat back down to a simmer and add your first big ladle of vegetable stock. 
Continue to add a ladleful of stock at a time, stirring in between until the liquid has been absorbed by the rice.

In the meantime, chop the chicken breasts into fairly large pieces and fry on a high heat in a separate frying pan with a little olive oil until just browned on both sides. Remove from the heat. 

After the rice has been simmering for about 20 minutes, and the chicken and continue to add more stock. The chicken should now begin to poach in the vegetable stock.

At this point, check the rice- if it's done it should be plump but still with a little bite. A few minutes before the rice is down, add in the diced courgette and broad beans along with some freshly chopped tarragon and the juice of 1 lemon. 
Season the risotto well with salt and pepper. 

Once cooked, remove from the heat and immediately stir in a large knob of butter and a small handful of grated parmesan. 
Serve immediately with extra parmesan if desired. 


  1. Oooh this would be so nice for a meal outside, love the ideaxx

    1. Thank you- it's so lovely to be able to sit and eat supper outside here finally! xxx

  2. What a beautiful summertime dinner, I especially love those beans! YUM!

    1. Thanks Pamela, they are just about to burst into a whole basket full in the veg patch so there will be more recipes with them to come!xx

  3. This looks lovely, and the photos are looking awesome my friend :) xx

    1. thank you:) hope work is going great! xxx

  4. Hi Katie. I just discovered your blog and I absolutely LOVE it! Your recipes look so delicious and I want to try out every single one of them. I love the fact that you use wholesome ingredients. I noticed that you make much use of the rather 'special' ingredients like quinoa, lentils, lots of seeds and nuts, dried fruits, coconut oil, ... I eat organic for about 7 years now which made me discover this more 'special' ingredients and made me start using them more often because they are so healthy and yummie.
    You cannot believe how happy I am that I found your blog, haha! I wanted to thank you for sharing your amazing recipes, you gave me some great new ideas to start experimenting!
    I would be a fool to not follow you, so (as I'm not that foolish) I am following you now!


    1. thank you so much Sofie, you have just made my day with your lovely comments! I agree, I love cooking with those ingredients and I think its such a shame that so many people don't cook with them as they think they're complicated to cook with or hard to get hold of but you can do so many delicious things with them all. I'm so glad you like my blog and I really appreciate your feedback. Can't wait to check yours out too,
      Love katie xx

  5. Such a lovely summer evening dish :)
    I love how risotto does all the hard work for you.
    x x x

    {The Lobster & Me}

    1. Me too! I love one pot wonders! Xxx

    2. And so lovely to meet you yesterday finally! Xxx

  6. I'm so glad I found your blog! I've been looking for some interesting dinner options to make now that my boyfriend and I are moving in together - I'm definitely going to browse through!
    Followed on GFC of course x

    The perks of being a hipster

  7. Ah that's great! I'm so glad you've found it and enjoy reading it - can't wait to check yours out too xx

  8. This sounds like a wonderful meal to enjoy with some wine! I really need to use leeks more often - I rarely buy them!

    1. Thanks Ashley- at least we've got some lovely weather at the minute to sit outside all evening with a glass of wine! xx


Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. It's really appreciated and lovely to hear some feedback. Katie x