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Balsamic Risotto with Grilled Chicken, Fresh Spinach and Sun Dried Tomatoes

 

Balsamic Risotto with Grilled Chicken, Fresh Spinach & Sun Dried Tomatoes is so flavorful and substantial, you can make this for a quick weeknight meal or serve as a side dish.

 Balsamic Risotto with Grilled Chicken, Fresh Spinach & Sun Dried Tomatoes is so flavorful and substantial, you can make this for a quick weeknight meal or serve as a side dish. 

Just the mention of the words “losing weight” sets me off in a carb frenzy. I can’t get enough. It’s like the last hurrah or something. Like I’m never going to eat carbs again…EVER! Well, after reading Lauren’s blog last week about the 3-5 day Jump Start, what do you think I did? Made this Balsamic Risotto with Grilled Chicken, Fresh Spinach & Sun Dried Tomatoes for dinner of course!

I know it was only going to be a week of no carbs and I know it was all psychological, but my body was telling me I had to have them nonetheless. Besides, I hadn’t made a good risotto since January…that’s almost 4 WHOLE MONTHS!

Balsamic Risotto with Grilled Chicken, Fresh Spinach & Sun Dried Tomatoes

Unlike regular rice, where you can just add your liquid, cover a pot and walk away, Italian risotto does take some time because you have to add your liquid gradually and you have to watch and stir it frequently.

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Start by melting some butter in a large sauté pan; then add your risotto.  Sauté the rice for about 2-3 minutes until it starts to lightly brown; then add the sun dried tomatoes, garlic, lemon zest and fresh spinach. Stir for another 2-3 minutes until the spinach starts to wilt; then add your balsamic vinegar.

Stir the rice until the vinegar has absorbed into the rice; then reduce your heat to low and add one cup of chicken broth at a time; allowing the liquid to evaporate after each addition. With the last cup of broth, add your grilled chicken. Cook until the rice is tender; then season with salt and pepperBalsamic Risotto with Grilled Chicken, Fresh Spinach & Sun Dried Tomatoes is so flavorful and substantial, you can make this for a quick weeknight meal or serve as a side dish. 

Balsamic Risotto with Grilled Chicken, Fresh Spinach & Sun Dried Tomatoes was delicious. And since I added some leftover grilled chicken for protein and vegetables, it was the perfect all-in-one meal.  Not to mention easy clean up and it also reheats beautifully; which helps especially when your family is on different weeknight eating schedules. 

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Balsamic Risotto with Grilled Chicken, Fresh Spinach & Sun Dried Tomatoes
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Balsamic Risotto with Grilled Chicken, Fresh Spinach and Sun Dried Tomatoes
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

Balsamic Risotto with Grilled Chicken, Fresh Spinach & Sun Dried Tomatoes is so flavorful and substantial, you can make this for a quick weeknight meal. 

Course: Main Entree, Side Dish
Servings: 8
Calories: 217 kcal
Author: Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
Ingredients
  • 2 c. Arborio Rice
  • 1 tbsp. Butter
  • 1/4 c. Sun Dried Tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, minced choppe
  • Zest of 1 Lemon
  • 4 c. Fresh Baby Spinach, rinsed and stems removed
  • 1/4 c. Balsamic Vinegar
  • 6 c. Low-Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 1/2 tsp. Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • 1- 6(ounce) Boneless Cooked Grilled Chicken Breast
Instructions
  1. Start by melting some butter in a large sauté pan; then add your risotto.  Sauté the rice for about 2-3 minutes until it starts to lightly brown; then add the sun dried tomatoes, garlic, lemon zest and fresh spinach. 

  2. Stir for another 2-3 minutes until the spinach starts to wilt; then add your balsamic vinegar. Stir the rice until the vinegar has absorbed into the rice; then reduce your heat to low and add one cup of chicken broth at a time; allowing the liquid to evaporate after each addition. 

  3. With the last cup of broth, add your grilled chicken. Cook until the rice is tender; then season with salt and pepper. 

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Balsamic Risotto with Grilled Chicken, Fresh Spinach and Sun Dried Tomatoes
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 217 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 217mg 9%
Potassium 72mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 41g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 3g
Protein 10g 20%
Vitamin A 48%
Vitamin C 15%
Calcium 3%
Iron 7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

*Nutritional information is based on specific ingredients and products used in this recipe and was calculated by MyFitnessPal.com; which may not be 100% accurate.

 

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Balsamic Risotto with Grilled Chicken, Fresh Spinach & Sun Dried Tomatoes is so flavorful and substantial, you can make this for a quick weeknight meal or serve as a side dish. 

11 Comments

  1. Beverley
    May 2, 2012 at 11:17 am - Reply

    loving this recipe and will definitely put it on my hit list…congrats on the 2000 on FB amazing and you deserve it.

    lots of love
    Beverley @somethingaboutcupcakes

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      May 3, 2012 at 11:02 am - Reply

      Thank you so much Beverley!

  2. Julia @The Roasted Root
    May 2, 2012 at 6:13 pm - Reply

    This recipe looks fantastic. I’m a big fan of risotto and with the grilled chicken, this is such a nicely balanced meal.

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      May 3, 2012 at 11:03 am - Reply

      Thank you Julia!

  3. raquel@eRecipe.com
    May 2, 2012 at 5:57 pm - Reply

    Losing weight recipes always caught my attention. 3-5 days Jump Start is interesting. I am considering to try this. =)

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      May 3, 2012 at 11:03 am - Reply

      It wasn’t bad at all, you’ll do great Raquel!

  4. Lauren Kelly
    May 2, 2012 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    This looks like my perfect meal!! Thanks!!

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      May 3, 2012 at 11:03 am - Reply

      It was fantastic!

  5. Tessa
    May 3, 2012 at 4:14 am - Reply

    Carbs or no carbs. This looks great. I’m a huge balsamic lover!

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      May 3, 2012 at 11:04 am - Reply

      So am I, it adds a great flavor to just about anything!

  6. Amee Livingston
    May 10, 2012 at 1:45 am - Reply

    Carrie, what a beautiful dish! I love the balsamic flavor with the spinach and risotto. Perfect! 🙂

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