Oven-Baked Chicken Thigh, Bacon & Mushroom Risotto
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Oven-Baked Chicken Thigh, Bacon & Mushroom Risotto

Oven-Baked Chicken Thigh, Bacon & Mushroom Risotto

with Rocket Salad

Risotto is so delicious, but the prospect of all that stirring can sometimes be a bit daunting. Chef André to the rescue! He's simplified the process and created this recipe that lets you just put your risotto in the oven and forget about it until it's time to eat. All the creamy, luxurious texture with none of the elbow work!


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Preparation Time45 minutes
Cooking time15 minutes


serving amount

1 unit(s)


2 unit(s)

Garlic Clove

120 grams

Sliced Mushrooms

90 grams

British Smoked Bacon Lardons

175 grams

Risotto Rice

1 sachet(s)

Mixed Herbs

20 grams

Chicken Stock Paste

½ unit(s)


40 grams

Wild Rocket

40 grams

Grated Hard Italian Style Cheese

(Contains Milk, Egg)

240 grams

Diced British Chicken Thigh

Not included in your delivery

600 milliliter(s)

Boiled Water for the Risotto

1 tsp

Sugar for the Dressing

1 tbsp

Olive Oil for the Dressing


Nutritional information

Energy (kJ)3464 kJ
Energy (kcal)828 kcal
Fat32.7 g
of which saturates11.2 g
Carbohydrate82.9 g
of which sugars8.2 g
Protein53.2 g
Salt3.99 g
Always refer to the product label for the most accurate ingredient and allergen information.


Chopping Board



Preheat your oven to 220°C/200°C fan/gas mark 7. Boil a full kettle. 

Halve, peel and chop the onion into small pieces. Peel and grate the garlic (or use a garlic press). 


Heat a drizzle of oil in a large, wide-bottomed ovenproof pan on medium-high heat. TIP: If you don't have an ovenproof pan, use a normal pan and transfer to an ovenproof dish before baking.

Once hot, add the onion, bacon lardons and mushrooms. IMPORTANT: Wash your hands and equipment after handling raw meat.


Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion has softened and the lardons are browned, 5-7 mins. IMPORTANT: Cook lardons thoroughly. 

Stir in the garlic, then cook until the garlic is fragrant, 1 min.

Lay the chicken onto a baking tray, drizzle with oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast the chicken on the top shelf of your oven until cooked through, 25-30 mins. IMPORTANT: Wash hands and utensils after handling raw meat. Cook so there's no pink in the middle.


Stir the risotto rice into the pan and cook until the edges of the rice are translucent, 1-2 mins.

Stir in the boiled water for the risotto (see pantry for amount), mixed herbs and chicken stock paste. Bring back up to the boil, then pop a lid on the pan (or cover with foil).

Bake on the middle shelf of your oven until the rice is cooked and the water has been absorbed, 25-30 mins.


Meanwhile, zest and halve the lemon (see ingredients for amount).

In a large bowl, combine a squeeze of lemon juice with the sugar and olive oil for the dressing (see pantry for both amounts). Season with salt and pepper.

Just before serving, add the rocket, then toss to coat in the dressing.


When the chicken's roasted, slice into 1cm thick slices.

When the risotto's ready, remove from the oven. Stir in a knob of butter (if you have any) and three quarters of the hard Italian style cheese. TIP: Add a splash of water to loosen the risotto if needed.

Stir in a pinch of lemon zest and squeeze in some lemon juice. Taste and add more salt, pepper or lemon zest and juice if needed.

Serve your bacon and mushroom risotto topped with the sliced chicken, rocket salad and remaining cheese.



Step 3 MOD: If you’ve chosen a higher protein version, roast the chicken on the top shelf of your oven, 25-30 mins. Once roasted, slice into 1cm slices and serve. IMPORTANT: Wash hands and utensils after handling raw meat. Cook so there's no pink in the middle.