Chicken and Lemon Parmesan Risotto

Chicken and Lemon Parmesan Risotto Today, we are talking all about rice. Rice is a standard pantry staple in this house. I always make sure that I have a bag handy for dinners. A lot of nights when I get home, I haven’t always thought about what we are having for dinner, but I know that if I have rice on hand, I can always come up with something! For me, rice is a lifesaver because it is the perfect vehicle for so many dishes, whether for a side dish or a main dish, and it works for so many different types of cuisines. Chicken and Lemon Parmesan Risotto

My friends from RiceSelect recently challenged bloggers to rethink rice and to show how it can be so much more than just a boring side dish. RiceSelect produces signature Texmati® Rice and other specialty products, including new Arborio Blend™ with Jalapeño and Arborio Blend™ with Mushrooms. They sent me some of their new Arborio rice and I couldn’t think of a better way to show just how great rice can be than with a warm bowl of creamy risotto! As an Italian girl, of course I always have Arborio rice! If you ask me, risotto is never boring and can be both a side and a main dish. Risotto is such an elegant but comforting dish, and it always makes weeknights feel a little more special. And while it does take some time to prepare, it is worth every second when you take that first bite of creamy wonderfulness! Risotto seems even more perfect this time of year, and no matter what other ingredients you have on hand to add, the rice is always the star of the show. This Chicken and Lemon Parmesan Risotto is perfect for any night of the week. It seems so fancy, but all you need is some RiceSelect Arborio rice, broth, chicken, Parmesan cheese, and lemons and you’ve got yourself the perfect dinner!

Chicken and Lemon Risotto

Yield: 4 servings

Chicken and Lemon Parmesan Risotto

Chicken and Lemon Parmesan Risotto

Chicken and Lemon Parmesan Risotto - This delicious and comforting risotto is made with white wine, chicken, peas, Parmesan cheese, and lots of fresh lemon juice!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 5-6 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cups RiceSelect Arborio Rice
  • 1/2 cup white wine (optional)
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, diced
  • 3/4 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 lemon, juiced (and zested, if desired)
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Add the chicken broth to a saucepan over medium heat and bring to a simmer; keep warm.
  2. In a saute pan or pot, melt the butter. Add the rice and stir to coat in the melted butter. Stir in the white wine. Ladle in the broth, about 1/2 cup at a time and stirring constantly, until the liquid is aborbed. Repeat this process until the rice is cooked, about 20 minutes.
  3. Add the cheese and stir until melted and incorporated with the rice. Stir in the chicken, peas, and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 428Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 108mgSodium: 687mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 31g

Lemon Chicken Risotto

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by BlogHer and RiceSelect. While I was compensated for my work, all opinions stated in this post are my own.



  1. I have risotto just waiting to be used. What a great recipe.

  2. I have never had risotto, but want to try it sometime.

    My favorite rice dish is bacon fried rice! :)

  3. Cheesy prosciutto risotto!

  4. Japanese omurice or garlic fried rice.

  5. My mother’s arroz con pollo is my favorite rice recipe.

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  7. My favorite is mushroom risotto

  8. I like Stir-Fry Rice and Vegetables.

  9. Yum! I love lemon and chicken together – this dish sounds delicious!

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    I love Bacon Fried Rice!


  11. My favorite rice recipe is Saffron Rice with Spicy Shrimp. The best and my family love it!

  12. My favorite rice recipe of all time is slow cooker chicken and rice with cream of mushroom soup.

  13. Never had risotto. Can’t wait to try it.

  14. The combination of lemon and chicken drew me into this recipe and it seems fairly easy to make. :-) Risotto’s are a favorite of mine.

  15. My favorite rice recipe is white sticky rice and stir fry veggies.

  16. Rice is delicious with scrambled eggs, bacon, and scallions for breakfast!

  17. One of my favorite rice recipes is chicken ala king!

  18. Enchilada pasta

  19. This risotto looks so springy :D
    Beautiful touch of lemon!

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  20. My family loves risotto! It’s so versatile with how you can utilize seasonal veggies and meats to add great flavor combos to your risotto.

  21. We love pepper steak and rice. It is a favorite we make a couple times a month.

  22. #Sweepstakesentry#— D.J. Walker (@gottchacha) October 7, 2014

  23. I really like Fried Rice but I would really like to try the Risotto recipe of yours!

  24. I like fried rice or just plain rice if it is to go with chili

  25. I love making dirty rice with spicy sausage.

  26. Our favorite rice recipe came from the back of a children’s book-Rosa Maria’s Rice. Perfect for taco night!

  27. I love homemade brown sugar and cinnamon rice pudding.

  28. Mexican Rice!

  29. Love these flavors! Perfect weeknight dinner!

  30. This recipe sounds amazing – love the touch of lemon.

  31. Basmati rice with anything!
    This recipe sounds amazing – LOVE the touch of lemon.

  32. That looks delicious! Great giveaway, I love amazon!

  33. I love adding rice to my vegetable stew, so good!

  34. I love homemade rice pudding.

  35. I really like fried rice as a quick weekday meal.

  36. I am going to make this risotto. I hardly ever cook with rich because I never know what to so with it, but I am going to make this now!!!

  37. I love mixing freshly grated parmesan cheese with rice and stuffing it in a roasted red or green bell pepper. Yum!


  38. I love risotto, but I make mine in the mircrowave! No need to stir!

  39. Ok. I normally just eat plain white rice but this makes me want to re-think rice!

  40. I love making fried rice with leftover white rice, fried egg, soy sauce and lots of fresh veggies. Yum!

  41. i love broccoli cheese and rice mixed together.

  42. Stuffed peppers — perfect for fall!

  43. I like arroz con pollo.

  44. i need to rethink rice because right now i only really use it as a plain side dish!

  45. Just made this for dinner tonight. All I can say is “yummy”

  46. Yum! I make a bacon/chicken/broccoli/rice casserole that my family loves.


  47. I love making fried rice with leftover white rice, fried egg, soy sauce and lots of fresh veggies. Yum!!

  48. I love making rice pudding (french recipe) or rice cooked in some coconut milk !

  49. I like to make fried rice with whatever meat/veggie leftovers we have. It always turns out different, but always delicious.

  50. I like cilantro lime rice!

  51. I love mushroom and chicken risotto! Thanks for the chance! :)

  52. I love to fix brow rice with chili. So perfect for fall.

  53. My favorite rice recipe is Spanish rice with sour cream

  54. My favorite rice recipe is Seafood Paella. Thank you so much for the Chicken Lemon & Parmesan risotto recipe, and for the opportunity to enter.

  55. I like rissotto with bacon & mushrooms!

  56. Red beans and rice is my favorite.

  57. My favorite rice recipe is Spanish Rice.

  58. I like spicy chicken fried rice.
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  60. I love making chicken stir fry with fried rice!!!

  61. I love the Mushroom and herb fried rice that my husband makes.

  62. i like Fried Rice with egg.


  64. i love making rice balls drenched in marinara

  65. I love making homemade pork fried rice!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
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  67. Our favorite is definitely mushroom risotto, it is a family favorite.

  68. My favorite rice recipe is Mexican rice.
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  69. I like stuffing peppers with cheesy rice and sausage.

  70. Rice is something I cook a lot (A LOT), so it’s hard to choose one favorite, but if you twisted my arm, I’d have to say I love brown rice as a base for white sauce with leftover cooked chicken and vegetables. In fact, that’s such a favorite at our house that I think the reason we have roasted chicken at least two or three times a month is just so we can have the leftover meat, with the juice from the chicken providing most of the liquid for the white sauce. So good!

  71. Here’s a link to my tweet about your lovely risotto and the RiceSelect promotion:

  72. My mother makes a wonderful chicken and rice casserole.

  73. I love chicken. My favorite meat. Love to try new and different ways to make it. Here is my tweet. Thank you.

  74. I love chicken and wild rice soup

  75. I like rice in lots of things, but my favorite is rice pudding with golden raisins.

  76. my favorite rice recipe is teriyaki chicken with grilled veggies.. sooo yummy.

    Thanks for the recipe!

  77. I love baked chicken over rice and gray

  78. It’s called green rice. Just add sauteed garlic and whatever fresh minced herbs you have on hand to hot, cooked rice. Easy and yummy!

  79. Red beans & rice

  80. One of my favorites is home made chicken rice soup.

  81. Oh my favorite is Chicken Fried Rice! We make it once a week here! YUM

  82. I have tried to make risotto a few times and have botched it each time. This recipe sounds foolproof, so thanks. My favorite rice dish is my mom’s chicken and rice casserole she would make for Sunday dinner.

  83. I love chicken and rice casserole!

  84. My favorite rice dish is probably rice pudding – I grew up on it and still love it!

  85. My favorite rice recipe is beef tips and rice.

  86. I like to make rice with chicken.

  87. i like broccoli cheese and rice casserole!

  88. i love coconut rice

  89. My favorite rice dish is the fried rice I learned to make as a newlywed.

  90. I make a chicken and rice casserole love

  91. My favorite is pork fried rice.

  92. I love rice pilaf!

  93. This looks delicious and beautifully presented!

  94. I like chicken and rice soup

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  96. I like rice cooked with smoked sausage

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  97. I love making my Grandma’s recipe for rice pudding.

  98. My favorite rice recipe is stir fry made with leftovers.

  99. My favorite rice recipe is making beef or chicken burritos with white rice and black beans.

  100. I like to cook rice in water with beef bouillon cubes. Then I add cooked hamburger, corn and green beans to it. My kids LOVE it!

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