Masterclass maple-roasted parsnip risotto topped with pan-fried chicken breast
- 3 parsnips, peeled
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp Chosen by you Pure Canadian Maple Syrup
- 250g pouch Extra Special Concentrated Chicken Stock
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 10g butter
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 175g Asda Arborio Rice
- Pinch saffron, steeped in 1 tbsp water
- 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves, plus extra to garnish
- 2 Extra Special Corn Fed Chicken Breasts
- Cracked black pepper
Pre-heat the oven to 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6. Top and tail the parsnips, and halve across the middle. Then cut the thinner ends in half and the thicker ones into quarters. Toss with 2 tsp of the oil to coat, then drizzle over the maple syrup. Transfer to a roasting tray.
Roast in the pre-heated oven for about 30 minutes, until golden, shaking the tray from time to time so the parsnips cook evenly.
Heat the stock in a pan with 450ml water until simmering. Leave gently simmering until ready to add to the risotto.
Cook the onion in the butter and another 2 tsp of the remaining oil until soft, over a low heat. Add the garlic and cook for a further 1 minute. Stir in the rice and cook for 2 minutes, so that it absorbs the oil. Add the saffron along with the thyme leaves and a ladleful of stock. When the stock has been absorbed, add another ladleful. Stirring often, continue adding the stock, one ladleful at a time, until all the liquid has been soaked up by the rice. This will take up to 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in a frying pan. Cook the chicken on a high heat, skin-side down, for 4-5 minutes, until the skin is golden and crispy. Turn the chicken over and cook over a medium heat for 6-7 minutes, until cooked through. Put on a warm plate, then cover with foil and set aside until needed.
Put about a third of the roasted parsnips in a food processor and blitz until smooth. Stir into the cooked risotto along with the remaining roast parsnips, reserving a few to serve on the side.
Slice each chicken breast into 4 thick strips and serve skin-side up, with the risotto and parsnips on the side. Garnish with a few of the extra thyme leaves and a sprinkling of cracked black pepper, if you want.