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Chicken & pumpkin quinoa risotto



300 g

Quinoa , (soaked overnight)

  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3 whole dried chillies, (Optional)
  • 1 brown onion, (Peeled & quartered )
  • 30 grams extra virgin olive oil
  • 450 grams Chicken thigh fillets, ( sliced up with knife into fairly big chunks)
  • 70 grams Dry white sherry
  • 400 grams Liquid Chicken Stock, ( or thermomix veg concentrate with water)
  • 1 heaped teaspoon Thermomix vegie stock paste
  • 250 grams water
  • 50 grams pumpkin, ( diced into very small cubes )

Recipe's preparation

  1. Drain the soaked quinoa through the steamer basket and rinse under cold water. I highly recommend soaking quinoa overnight or for aslong as time forbids. As this helps remove the bitterness that quinoa can sometimes have. 


    Mince in the bowl the peeled garlic cloves and chillies of using on speed 9 for 10 seconds. 

    Add the onion and chop in bowl speed 4 , 5 seconds 

    add the olive oil and cook for 4 minutes varoma temperature reverse speed 2 


    while garlic etc is is cooking prepare the chicken thighs, making sure they are cut into fairly big chunks ( about 2 - 3 centermeters cubes. As I find sometimes chicken can get broken up and shredded in the cooking process that's also why I recommend thighs to be used tmrc_emoticons.) 


    when end timer goes off remove lid and attach the butterfly whisk , then drop in the chicken and cook 5 minutes , varoma temperature , reverse speed soft 


    after 5 minutes add the rinsed and drained quinoa and dry white sherry , cook for another minute varoma temperature reverse speed 2 

    then add to bowl 400 g liquid chicken stock , and 250 g water.. Close the lid and set timer for 20 minutes , varoma temperature , reverse speed soft 


    while risotto is cooking prepare the pumpkin and any extra veggies you like , it's a great chance to use up any veg you may have in the fridge as anything goes with this recipe! I used a handful of cherry tomatoes halved , handful of frozen peas and about 100 g broccolini heads chopped. You can add anything you like for this step or keep it simple! 


    after 20 minutes is up remove lid and check risotto is not to dry , you can add 50 g extra water at a time if needed , 

    add all the chopped veg and cook for a further 10 minutes , varoma temperature , reverse speed soft 


    serve into bowls sprinkled with fresh Parmesan cheese and freshly ground pepper on top! tmrc_emoticons.) 


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Even if the risotto still looks like it had quite a bit of liquid left after cooking time complete, it will absorb after a while 

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  • Thankyou for posting this

    Submitted by chezzlegf on 29. January 2014 - 20:34.

    Thankyou for posting this recipe.  I didn't have time to soak my quinoa overnight but did give it a good rinse and a little soaking prior to cooking.

    I think it would be advisable to mention that you need to put the basket over the hole whilst cooking to stop splattering as it was going everywhere.

    I only use 1 dried chilli and it is certainly hot enough for us, I think 3 would be blow your head off stuff!

    I added pumpkin, corn and beans chopped finely and they have cooked well.

    I like the texture and taste of this dish and it is a nice change from rice.

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