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Chicken, Spinach, Pea and Broccoli Risotto

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Risotto is a dish that slowly cooks rice in a stock to create a creamy consistency.  It’s a tricky dish to get right, because you don’t want to over cook the rice so that it becomes mushy.  When cooking risotto on the stove, it requires a lot of attention and stirring while you gradually add stock to the rice. This constant stirring over heat makes it an ideal dish to make in the Thermomix.    

This is the first risotto I attempted in the Thermomix.  To balance out all the carbs in the rice, my goal was to pack the dish with as many vegetables as possible.  The challenge with the Thermomix is fitting them all in the bowl. 

To solve this problem, I put the vegetables in the bottom of the ThermoServer before pouring the hot risotto over it.  If I’m packing the risotto for lunch, I add the uncooked vegetables in the container so that they cook when I reheat the dish in the microwave.

Chicken, Spinach, Pea and Broccoli Risotto

A variation on the Thermomix classic risotto. This one is pack with chicken and veggies for an all-in-one meal.
Course Main Course
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 large brown onion peel and quartered
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 30 g light olive oil
  • 350 g Arborio rice
  • 100 g white wine optional
  • 600 g chicken breast diced into 2cm pieces (or exclude to make vegetarian)
  • 3 tbsp Vegetable stock concentrate or exclude and replace water below with vegetable or chicken stock
  • 660 g water (approx) 500g if using wine
  • Pepper to season
  • 3 cups broccoli florets about 1-1.5cm pieces (see Notes)
  • 6 handfuls baby spinach
  • cup frozen peas rinsed under boiling water to thaw
  • Grated parmesan cheese to serve


  • Add onion and garlic cloves into the Thermomix bowl and chop for 3 seconds | Speed 6
  • Add 20g of olive oil and sauté with measuring cup (MC) off for 3 minutes | 100C | Speed 1
  • Insert butterfly, add rice (350g) and remaining olive oil (10g) and sauté with MC off for 5 minutes | 100C | Reverse | Speed soft
  • If using, add wine (100g) and sauté with MC off for 2 minutes | 100C | Reverse | Speed soft
  • Add chicken (600g), stock concentrate (3tbsp), pepper, and water (500-600g) – only add water up to the 2L marker in the bowl. Cook for 20 minutes | 100C | Reverse | Speed soft
  • Season with salt and pepper
  • Put vegetables into the ThermoServer, then pour the risotto on top. Stir to combine. (see Notes if you plan to eat this later)
  • Rest for 10 minutes before serving. (see Tips for checking your risotto)


1. If you’re going to serve the risotto right away, keep your broccoli pieces as small as possible so they cook in the hot rice.
2. If you’re making this ahead of time, leave out the vegetables. Add them when you reheat in the microwave. 
Keyword Chicken, Rice, Thermomix

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Serving Suggestions

Eat Right Away

1. Add peas, spinach and broccoli into the ThermoServer and mix with the risotto before resting

Pack for Lunch

1. When packing risotto into containers, stir in peas, spinach and broccoli into risotto.  These will cook when you reheat the risotto in the microwavw

2. Pack parmesan cheese into a small container and sprinkle over risotto once reheated


You can make this dish vegetarian by skipping the chicken.

[Last updated: August 18, 2013]


  • Liesl says:

    Hi, my name is Liesl. This sounds delicious.i’d like to try it, but is this recipe for a TM 21?

    • Hey there, this is done in a TM31. I don’t know how a TM21 works but if it has the same settings as the TM31 and you have a Thermoserver, then I don’t see why it wouldn’t work….

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  • Alyson says:

    Bit disappointing, I followed this recipe using wine and omitting chicken, came out very gluggy/pasty and didn’t look like the image 🙁

  • 2suzette says:

    Hi there. Do you cook the chicken, stock etc. With the MC in or still out. Sorry, might be silly question, I’m a bit of a novice, only having owned my machine a couple of days. Thank you

    • No worries. Leave the MC off. When you put the butterfly in you will find that you can’t put the MC on because the top of the butterfly sticks out the top.

  • Diane says:

    Just cooked this in a TM5. It’s was delicious. I left the MC out as per recipe and put it on when cooking the chicken. It needed more seasoning, otherwise great.