Chicken Mushroom Risotto and Asparagus is better in the Instant pot

Love risotto, but not the process of constant stirring over the stove?
Today I’m sharing the EASIEST way I’ve ever made chicken risotto, and it involves using the Instant Pot! Yep! And trust me, I was a tad bit skeptical. Once I attended a risotto cooking class with a fancy French chef, and the process was NOT as easy as this one-pot meal.

I just love that the entire meal is made in the Instant Pot, so at the end of cooking, all I have to do is throw the plate the chicken rests on before being added back to the pot into the dishwasher, clean the Instant Pot itself, and nothing else

Instant pot Chicken Mushroom Risotto

Here is the recipe. Hope you like it.

Risotto Ingredients :

  • 1 ½ pounds chicken breasts about 2-3 breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 3-4 cups chicken broth 3 cups for a firmer rice, 4 cups for a more risotto-inspired, soupier version. We personally prefer 4 cups.
  • – 1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice from one lemon
  • 1 ½ cups white rice rinsed, see Notes
  • ~ 1 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt plus more or less to taste
  • ¼ teaspoons black pepper plus more or less to taste
  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • 8 oz mushrooms sliced

To make Instant pot Chicken Mushroom Risotto :

Set Instant Pot to sauté mode. Add butter and let melt, then add garlic and onion. Sauté for 3-4 minutes. Add asparagus and mushrooms and saute for two additional minutes.

Add chicken and stir. Cook until no longer translucent, about 5 minutes. Add in rice, broth, and lemon juice. Stir well, bringing chicken pieces to top.

Close lid and set valve to Sealing. Cook on high pressure for 8 minutes.

When cooking is completed, let naturally release for 2 minutes, then Quick Release rest of pressure. Stir well and season with Parmesan, salt, and pepper to taste. Add a little more chicken broth, if desired, to reach desired consistency – optional.

If you find liquid still remaining on the top of your Instant Pot chicken and rice after cooking, stir well and turn on Sauté mode to fully incorporate.

Enjoy your Instant pot Chicken Mushroom Risotto

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