Tasty Chicken and Asparagus Risotto

The thing I love most about the change in season is the change in seasonal vegetables and the inspiration it brings.  It makes me get out of my rut of the “same old” and start mixing up some new vegetables, textures and tastes.  So this week I’m getting pretty darn excited about asparagus being back on the menu.

These tasty little green spears add a great pop of colour and texture so we can ignore the not so pleasant smelly pee, which kindly reminds us of what we had for dinner!

We don’t grow our own asparagus due to not having a huge amount of space for veggies.  So when it’s in season I know a fabulous local farm that does grow primo spray-free asparagus.

Chicken & Asparagus risotto
Serves 4

Ready in: 30 minutes

  • chicken 400 g tenderloins (cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • 1 medium onion (finely diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic 
  • 1 carrot julienne (thinly sliced or cubed)
  • 1 bunch asparagus (snap the ends of the asparagus to remove the woody part)
  • 1 lemon juice and zest
  • 2 TBSP butter
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup short-grain rice
  1. On a low/medium heat melt butter. Sauté onion for 5 minutes then add garlic, zest and cook for a further 1 min.
  2. Add rice and cook for 1-2 mins until clear.
  3. Then add 1 cup of stock and simmer for 10 min (add the remaining cup of stock gradually)
  4. Add chicken and cook for further 10 min
  5. Lastly, add the asparagus for a final 5 minutes.

Serve with parmesan wafers.

*If you want to impress, parmesan wafers are a super quick and easy way to add another texture and the look impressive.

Simply cover a tray with greaseproof paper, place grated parmesan onto a tray in oval or round shapes.  Place into oven (200 degrees) and cook till slightly coloured and crispy.  You can add your favourite fresh (finely sliced) herbs to this also for extra flavour.

Funny fact:
Why does asparagus make urine smell? …
The stalks contain something called asparagusic acid, among a couple other compounds, which breaks down into a compound called mercaptan (which is also found in rotten eggs, onions and garlic). When your digestive system breaks down mercaptan, by-products are released that cause the strange smell.

BUT only some people can smell asparagus pee due to their DNA and specific receptors in their nose.  So the question is can you pick up smelly asparagus pee or not?

There is also a small percentage of people that don’t produce the breakdown products at all and therefore do not produce smelly pee!

Aroha nui


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