Chicken, lemon and tarragon risotto

In an ideal world, the chicken and stock would come from a roast, but if life gets in the way, good quality, ready-made stock and bought cooked chicken will do nicely.

  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking time: 30 minutes
  • Total time: 40 minutes 40 minutes

Serves: 4


  • 8 Smoked streaky bacon rashers
  • 1.2 litres Chicken or Vegetable stock
  • 50g Unsalted butter
  • 4 Shallots, finely chopped
  • 320g Risotto rice (ideally vialone nano)
  • 200g Cooked chicken, shredded or chopped
  • 1 Lemon, finely grated zest and juice of half
  • 3 tsp Chopped tarragon
  • 3 tbsp Finely grated parmesan


  1. Lay the streaky bacon out flat in a cold frying pan. Cook undisturbed over a medium heat for 2 minutes, then turn and cook for 2–3 minutes more, until crisp. Set aside on kitchen paper.
  2. Bring the stock to the boil in a large saucepan, then reduce the heat to low. Melt 25g butter in another large pan and add the shallots. Cook over a low heat for 5 minutes, until translucent. Add the rice and stir for 1 minute so it’s coated in butter. Add a ladleful of stock, stirring until there is little excess liquid left in the pan. Keep adding stock, stirring frequently, for 15 minutes.
  3. Stir in the chicken and add stock for another 3–4 minutes. Remove from the heat and fold in the remaining butter with the lemon zest and juice, 2 tsp tarragon and the parmesan; season. Cover and leave to rest for 2 minutes. Serve with pieces of the bacon and a sprinkle of tarragon.