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This easy risotto with sun-dried tomatoes, basil, and pan-fried chicken comes together fast and tastes like a restaurant quality meal!

easy risotto skillet pictured with package of DeLallo's Quick Cook Risotto and jar of DeLallo sun-dried tomatoes

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DeLallo’s new Quick Cook Cheese Risotto turns classic risotto into a simple weeknight dinner option. You add all the liquid in at once instead of gradually, so overall it’s faster and less work to get it right. It’s deliciously creamy (with no added cream) and has that perfect al dente bite!

How to make easy risotto (overview):

To make this recipe, first the chicken breasts are seasoned and sautéed in a skillet until golden. Once the chicken is cooked, transfer it to a plate, and then in the same skillet add the butter, garlic, Dijon mustard, Italian seasoning, sun-dried tomatoes, and DeLallo’s quick cook risotto. Give it a good stir and cook it for about a minute to help the flavors infuse into the rice. Add in the water and white wine and cook, uncovered, for about 15 minutes or until the risotto is cooked. Stir in the parmesan cheese and fresh basil, then top with the sliced chicken. (Full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below)

close-up of easy risotto with chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, and basil in a skillet

DeLallo is a family-owned Italian foods company that’s based in Pennsylvania. They have been producing and importing delicious Italian and Mediterranean products for 60+ years. They sell a wonderful array of foodstuffs, and I also included their deliciously sweet and chewy sun-dried tomatoes that are packed in extra virgin olive oil in this risotto. 

DeLallo's Quick Cook Cheese Risotto

Recipe notes & tips:

  • As always, I recommend grating your own parmesan cheese for the best flavor (and it melts better). 
  • Love spinach? Add in a handful or two just prior to adding the parmesan and basil (step 5). 
  • You could add a splash of heavy cream towards the end of step 5 if you want an even creamier consistency. 
  • DeLallo products are available in grocery stores across the U.S. and on their website.
easy risotto process photo collage

What to serve with this recipe?

If you’ve got 4 hungry adults to feed, I recommend serving this dish with a side salad and/or some bread (a slice of crusty bread, a sliced baguette, or garlic bread/knots would go great).

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easy risotto with chicken and sun-dried tomatoes in two bowls with package of DeLallo's Quick Cook Risotto and jar of DeLallo sun-dried tomatoes

Questions about this recipe or DeLallo’s sun-dried tomatoes or quick cook risotto? Let me know in the comments below! 

easy risotto skillet pictured with package of DeLallo's Quick Cook Risotto and jar of DeLallo sun-dried tomatoes
5 from 2 votes

Easy Risotto with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Basil, and Chicken

This easy risotto with sun-dried tomatoes, basil, and pan-fried chicken comes together fast and tastes like a restaurant quality meal!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 2 large chicken breasts cut in half lengthwise
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup DeLallo Sun-Dried Tomatoes drained
  • 1 (6.2 ounce) package DeLallo Quick Cook Cheese Risotto
  • 1 1/4 cups water or low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup basil torn


  • Cut the chicken in half lengthwise so you have 4 thinner pieces. Season them with the garlic powder and some salt & pepper.
  • Add the oil and 1 tablespoon of the butter to a skillet over medium-high heat. Let the pan get hot for a few minutes.
  • Cook the chicken for 5-6 minutes/side or until golden and cooked through (165F). Transfer to a plate and cover with foil to keep it warm.
  • Reduce the heat to medium. To the same skillet, add the rest of the butter, the Dijon mustard, garlic, Italian seasoning, sun-dried tomatoes (chop them if you want them a little smaller), and the contents of the risotto package. Cook for 1 minute, stirring nearly constantly.
  • Add in the water and wine, and give it a good stir. Increase the heat to high, and once it starts to boil, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes or until the liquid has absorbed and the rice is al dente (tender but still with a bit of a bite). Note: every stove/pan varies, so if the liquid has evaporated before the time has elapsed, turn the heat down and add a splash more water or wine.
  • While the risotto is cooking, cut the chicken into bite-size pieces.
  • Take the skillet off the heat and stir in the parmesan and basil. Top with the sliced chicken and serve immediately.


  • Serves 2-4 depending on portion size and what else it’s served with.

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  1. 5 stars
    This is an AWESOME recipe! We actually have never made risotto and this is such a good intro to the dish! Really love how you elevated this packaged risotto up. It’s soooo tasty with the sun-dried tomatoes, wine and dijon! YUM!

  2. I really want to make this but don’t have access to the DeLallo risottto. I plan to see if there is another similar product but thought I’d see if you have substitution recommendations for this?

    1. Hi Rebecca! Unfortunately, I don’t know of any similar products. 🙁 I’d look for par-cooked risotto/arborio rice as a starting point. You could just buy regular arborio rice and make it like you would a normal risotto (you’ll need more liquid and more time), and that should work even though it’ll take a bit longer.