Mushroom Chicken Barley Risotto

Mushroom Chicken Barley Risotto Pearl barley is a good substitution for arborio rice in risotto.

Ingredients

Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

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Time Details

    PREP : 15 mins

    COOK : 1 hr

    TOTAL : 1 hr 15 mins

    SERVING : 4

    YIELD : 4 servings

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place chicken breasts in a baking dish and coat with balsamic vinegar.

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  • Bake the chicken breasts in the preheated oven until no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 45 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Slice chicken into small pieces. Set aside.

  • In the meantime, bring the water and vegetable stock to a low boil in a saucepan, then turn off the heat.

  • Heat olive oil in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; cook and stir until the onion begins to turn golden brown at the edges, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, then add mushrooms, cooking until mushrooms are tender. Pour the 1% milk and the evaporated milk into the same saucepan and heat for 2 minutes. Stir in the barley.

  • Reduce heat to medium and stir in 1 cup of the boiling vegetable broth; continue stirring until the barley has absorbed the liquid and turned creamy. Repeat this process until there is only 1 cup of broth left. Stir in the chicken with the last cup of broth. When finished, the barley should be tender, yet slightly firm, about 45 minutes. Stir in the butter, Parmesan cheese, and Romano cheese before serving.

Per Serving: 447 calories; protein 30g; carbohydrates 50.9g; fat 14.2g; cholesterol 62.9mg; sodium 530.1mg.