A few weekends ago, I picked up some Jerusalem artichokes at the market. I had never cooked with them before and wanted to try something new. About a bit of searching I was inspired by two recipes, this one for the puree, and Diana Henry’s braised chicken, and decided to create my own version loosely based on the two.
I made this on a weeknight and, with some multi-tasking, it is completely doable. In fact, it didn’t take as long as I thought. Note that these steps are approximate. Quantities and thus cooking times for the chicken will vary accordingly.
- Clean and prep the artichokes* and place them in a pot of boiling water, along with the juice of half a lemon. Boil until tender (this only took about 12 minutes).
- Meanwhile, heat 1 tsp butter & glug of olive oil in a pan, and season and then brown your chicken. I used 4 thighs for 2 people.
- Combine drained artichokes with ~100ml of cream, as well as salt and pepper, and puree (note that mine was not completely smooth, but this added texture to the finished product so I think is completely fine). Set aside.
- Start the risotto: heat some oil in a pan, add a clove of garlic, smashed, and after a minute or so, your rice.
- Once browned, transfer chicken to a roasting pan along with some carrots or other veg as desired.
- Deglaze the risotto pan with white wine, and continue adding stock and stirring until it is done to your likeness (I like mine to have a bit of bite).
- Combine it all: mix the artichoke puree into the finished risotto and top with some Parmesan cheese, and take the chicken and veg out of the oven. Plate and enjoy!
*Diana Henry says it’s not necessary to peel them. Thank God I read that because I did try, and it was very tedious. The important thing is to clean them well.
I was really happy with the way this meal turned out. The taste of the risotto was subtler than expected, but using the artichokes was a different take on it, and I think really added to it both textural- and taste-wise. The combination of roast chicken and the risotto, in my mind at least, works perfectly.