Not only has the song of this same name been stuck in our heads all summer (causing hours of singing the song around the apartment), but it is how I feel about tonight’s dinner. Although J wasn’t here to enjoy it with me (he gets the leftovers tomorrow), I felt very fancy cooking and eating this delicious concoction.
Fancy Food for this Most Regular of Tuesdays? Strawberry Balsamic Glazed Chicken over Lemon Arugula Risotto.
For Lemon Risotto:
*1 cup of arborio rice
*1/2 cup dry white wine
*zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
*handful of arugula (didn’t measure, just threw it in)
*salt to taste
*2 cups chicken stock
*2 cups water
*1 onion, finely diced
*2 cloves garlic, finely minced
*2 lbs chicken (this ended up being about 3 chicken breasts, as I used a little under 2 lbs.)
*1/3 cup strawberry jam
*1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
*1/2 cup water
*2 scallions, finely chopped
*handful of fresh basil (I used 5 or 6 leaves from my delicious Greek basil plant), julienned
*salt and pepper
1. Season chicken with salt, pepper and poultry seasoning on both sides. Heat oil in large skillet, and drop chicken in when ready. Cook 5 minutes per side, browning the chicken on both sides.
2. Whisk strawberry jam, basil, balsamic, and water; pour over chicken and let simmer for 3-5 minutes, just to thicken the glaze. Flip chicken to make sure both sides get glaze.
3. Add scallions in at last minute. You can slice the chicken before serving or serve whole (I left mine whole).
Now, I attempted to make these two items at once. I started with the chicken because risotto needs your attention. I repeat,RISOTTO NEEDS YOUR ATTENTION. Look away and it can scorch. And that would make sad risotto.
Back to Cooking!
4. Heat chicken stock and water in a saucepan. In a large pot, saute garlic and onion in olive oil. Once softened, toss in rice and lemon zest, toasting the rice and letting it absorb the fat in the olive oil.
5. Pour in the lemon juice and wine and let the liquid evaporate. Once evaporated, add one ladle of cooking liquid until the risotto is cooked and smooth. As already stated, keep stirring and pay attention. Also, if you don’t use all of the cooking liquid, that is fine- cook it until it is done! You don’t want to turn your risotto into soup- too far! Season if necessary (depends on how salty your chicken stock is).
6. Once cooked, add arugula and stir until wilted. Serve right away!
*Sorry for the poor picture quality. The pot was very steamy!
I hope you enjoy your fancy meal when you make this too.
-L (&J and Bingley).