Healthy Chicken, Bacon & Pea Risotto


Serves 4


  • 1 large onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 6 rashers of lean back bacon (all fat removed & cubed)
  • 2 chicken breasts (cubed)
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 2 teaspoons of Italian herbs
  • 1 & 1/2 cups of Orzo pasta
  • 3 cups of boiling water
  • Low calorie spray oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 teaspoons of Parmesan cheese


  1. Generously spray a large nonstick pan with spray oil and lightly fry the onion & garlic, until softened (About 2 minutes)
  2. Add the bacon, cooking for about 2 minutes, then add the peas & continue to cook for a further minute.
  3. Add the pasta, chicken, stock cube, water, herbs and seasoning,  stir and cover the pan. Stirring occasionally, gently simmer, on a low heat, until the liquid has absorbed and the chicken and pasta is cooked through. (Approximately 20 minutes)
  4. Serve and sprinkle a teaspoon of Parmesan cheese over each portion.

This versatile recipe is a quick and tasty one pot wonder, that can feed the family within 30 minutes without much preparation. Add other vegetables, meat or fish to create a bit of variation. Depending on who I’m cooking for I quite often add mushrooms peppers and prawns, delicious!


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