Grilled Rosemary Chicken and Farro Risotto

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Hello people! As promised, I am sharing a deeeeeeeeelicious recipe with you today!

Grilled Rosemary Chicken and Farro Risotto Recipe

You guys, I am so excited about this Grilled Rosemary Chicken and Farro Risotto. I made it twice for us this past week – it’s THAT good.

Grilled Rosemary Chicken and Farro Risotto Recipe

As someone who gets very bored from simple grilled chicken breasts, I can promise you that this chicken is PACKED with flavor from the rosemary-garlic marinade.

Grilled Rosemary Chicken and Farro Risotto Recipe

Plus, the flavors in the chicken pair perfectly with the risotto. This farro risotto is healthier than traditional recipes because I used a whole grain as a base and it’s not swimming in butter and cheese.

But don’t worry – it still tastes incredibly indulgent.

Grilled Rosemary Chicken and Farro Risotto Recipe

Fresh thyme and rosemary are crucial in this dish – don’t reach for the dried stuff.

I KNOW you guys are going to love this one!


Grilled Rosemary Chicken and Farro Risotto
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Serves: 4-5
Grilled Rosemary Chicken
  • 4-5 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 5 large garlic cloves, minced and divided
  • 1 lb. skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into cutlets
  • Salt and Pepper
Farro Risotto
  • 1¾ cups finely chopped onion
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1.5 cups uncooked pearled farro
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken stock
  • 3 cups kale, stemmed and sliced
  • ⅓ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
Grilled Rosemary Chicken
  1. In a large dish combine the 3 Tablespoons olive oil, rosemary, lemon juice, and 4 cloves of garlic. Marinate the chicken in the oil-rosemary mixture for at least 30 minutes, and up to 8 hours.
  2. Remove chicken from marinade and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Add chicken to pan; cook 4-5 minutes on each side or until done (depending on thickness of each piece). Place cooked chicken on a cutting board; let stand 5 minutes. Cut into thin slices. Cover loosely with tin foil to keep warm until the risotto is cooked.
Farro Risotto
  1. While the chicken is marinating, heat a large pot over medium-low heat. Add 1 Tablespoon of olive oil to the pan. Once hot, add the onions and thyme. Saute for 4 minutes, until soft. Add ½ Tablespoon more of the oil and add the remaining garlic to the pan. Saute for 30 seconds, then add the farro. Cook for 1 additional minute, stirring constantly.
  2. Add the white wine to the pot and deglaze the bottom, scraping up any brown bits. Stir in 1 cup of the chicken stock and cook 5 minutes or until liquid is nearly absorbed, stirring frequently. Add remaining stock mixture, ½ cup at a time, stirring frequently until liquid is absorbed before adding more (about 30 more minutes).
  3. Stir in the kale and cook for 2 minutes, until wilted. Remove pan from heat and stir in Parmesan cheese and ¼ teaspoon pepper.
  4. Serve the chicken over the farro risotto and sprinkle with chopped parsley.
Recipe adapted from Cooking Light

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  • Liz @ The Clean Eating Couple
    November 11, 2015 - 6:36 pm | Permalink

    This looks SO delicious!! I love farro… it is such an underrated/underused grain!

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      November 11, 2015 - 8:41 pm | Permalink

      Soooo agree, Liz! I LOVE it! Move over Quinoa!

  • Kristen @ A Mind Full Mom
    November 12, 2015 - 8:31 am | Permalink

    Oh my goodness–I love risotto and must try with farro. This looks incredible!

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      November 12, 2015 - 1:41 pm | Permalink

      Kristen, it’s SOO good with farro!

  • Dani @ Dani California Cooks
    November 12, 2015 - 1:10 pm | Permalink

    love love love the onion to risotto ratio. farro isn’t g-free unfortunately, but i know I would love the texture if it was.

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      November 12, 2015 - 1:41 pm | Permalink

      I know, bummer! Sorry Dani 🙁

  • Tim
    November 18, 2015 - 5:38 pm | Permalink

    Just made the farro risotto tonight. It is so easy to make and delicious. Five stars to the little chef!

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      November 19, 2015 - 9:37 am | Permalink

      Yay! So glad you liked it Dad! 😉 I learned from the best! XO

  • Caroline Kiritsy
    January 14, 2016 - 6:35 pm | Permalink

    Made this tonight, Rach! So delicious and so filling. Will be added to our dinner rotation! 😋

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      January 14, 2016 - 9:31 pm | Permalink

      YAYYYYYY! That makes me so happy to hear! The leftovers are great, too so I hope you made extras 🙂 XO

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