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Fiesta Italiana-Risoni with chicken, mushrooms and olives

Posted on March 4, 2009 by in Chicken

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Fiesta Italiana Risoni-with chicken mushrooms-and olives

Fiesta Italiana Risoni with chicken mushrooms and olives. For those of you who do not know this already, Maryann from Finding la Dolce Vita and Marie from Proud Italian Cook have invited us all to an Italian feast. This is their second annual Festa Italiana and if last year is anything to be measured by,
I am not missing out on this lovely event. Some of you have already “arrived” with some beautiful dishes and I cannot wait to sample everyone of them.

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Fiesta Italiana Risoni-with chicken mushrooms-and olives

I decided on a main course called:

Risoni with Chicken, Mushrooms and Olives

Ingredients (4 servings)

8 pieces of chicken – I used drumsticks and thighs
1x410gr tinned tomato and onion mix
15 pitted black olives – sliced in halves
1 small red onion peeled and sliced
250gr mushrooms – sliced
100ml white wine(optional)
1 tsp sugar
1 Tbs cornflour – mixed with a little water
chopped oregano
grated parmesan
salt/pepper/dried oregano
dried olive and chili mix

Preheat oven to 180C
Place chicken pieces in a ovenproof dish and season with salt, pepper and dried oregano. Top with onion, mushrooms, 10 olives and tomato mix. Add the wine, cover with foil and place in the oven. Cook for about 40-50 minutes. Mix the cornflour with water and the sugar and pour over the chicken – the sauce will thicken almost immediately. Place back in the oven for about 10 minutes ( this time without the foil) or until golden and bubbly! Serve on a bowl full of Risoni(pasta rice) and top with grated parmesan, homemade basil pesto and some more olives. For a final touch, sprinkle with Dried olive and chili mix.
Buon appetito!

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26 Responses to “Fiesta Italiana-Risoni with chicken, mushrooms and olives”

  1. Snooky doodle 4 March 2009 at 9:44 am #

    this looks delicious 🙂 yummy

  2. CookingCourtney 4 March 2009 at 2:00 pm #

    that looks so good.
    italian food is the best.

  3. CookingCourtney 4 March 2009 at 2:01 pm #

    that looks so good.
    italian food is the best.

  4. My Carolina Kitchen 4 March 2009 at 2:43 pm #

    Nina, your Risoni is gorgeous, but I knew whatever you brought would be outstanding. Great job.

    I’m so glad you are attending the festival. I send my dish yesterday and I’ll see you there.

  5. Bellini Valli 4 March 2009 at 3:45 pm #

    I think you will find me hovering around this dish at the festa Nina. I will need to do a lot of dancing to wear off all of these delicious foods:D

  6. Ginny 4 March 2009 at 4:32 pm #

    Delicious! What a great combination of flavors! 🙂

  7. Maryann 4 March 2009 at 4:52 pm #

    Brava Nina! Brava!
    Thanks for joining the festa!
    Maryann xox

  8. Passionate About Baking 4 March 2009 at 5:05 pm #

    How absolutelt scrumptious that looks Nina. See you at the festa!

  9. bee 4 March 2009 at 5:10 pm #

    that’s gorgeous, nina.

  10. Cynthia 4 March 2009 at 5:28 pm #

    Nina, everything you make is gorgeous and delicious.

  11. Proud Italian Cook 4 March 2009 at 5:42 pm #

    Nina, Such a gorgeous looking dish!
    I can’t wait to try this at the festa! I’m so happy you were able to join us, thank you, thank you!!
    xox, Marie

  12. Nina Timm 4 March 2009 at 7:50 pm #

    snooky doodle – delicious, just like your cakes yes!

    cookingcourtney – I think my cooking always has some Italian influences..

    My Carolina Kitchen – I could really do with some uplifting thoughts right now, thank you!

    Belinni Valli – bring on the music!!!

    ginny – it did work quite well, thx!

    maryann – I would not miss it for the world!

    passionate about baking – Aaahh, I haven’t seen you for quite some time, welcome back!!

    bee – coming from you, it is an enormous compliment!

    cynthia – Oh dear friend, you are so soothing to the ear!!

    proud italian cook – the joy is all mine!!Thx for hosting!

  13. Elra 4 March 2009 at 8:04 pm #

    Mushrooms, olives, and tomatoes, these are my favorite ingredients. Especially my husband always love everything that has tomatoes in the cooking. Your dish is absolutely delicious Nina.

  14. Pam 4 March 2009 at 9:06 pm #

    Oh Nina…this looks amazing! I love all the ingredients used – I am sure it was delicious.

  15. Lori Lynn 5 March 2009 at 3:40 am #

    It looks great Nina, and what a darling little serving dish! Great addition to the Festa!

  16. Helene 5 March 2009 at 5:04 am #

    This is a great event. Love the picture.

  17. Nina Timm 5 March 2009 at 5:41 am #

    elra – I think you should make this for your hubby then, right?

    pam – indeed it was

    lori lynn – thanks firend!

    helene – are you joining us?

  18. Rose&Thorn 5 March 2009 at 8:23 am #

    Rustic Italian is where I am! I love this meal.

  19. Mrs Ergül 5 March 2009 at 10:22 am #

    This looks too good! I’m drooling!

  20. Sophie 5 March 2009 at 8:26 pm #

    Dear Nina, first thank you for your kind words on my foodblog for my 1st blogger award!! That means a lot to me!!!! So, thanks again!! This dish looks superb!!!! MMMMMM….You can read my mind,…..

  21. glamah16 7 March 2009 at 5:18 pm #

    I love these flavors. Great entry Nina.

  22. Kevin 7 March 2009 at 11:12 pm #

    That chicken looks tasty!

  23. mycookinghut 14 March 2009 at 12:32 pm #

    Looks good! I love rustic dish like this!

  24. Maggie 15 March 2009 at 7:04 pm #

    Mushrooms and olives are two of my favorite foods. I have to give this a try. Is risoni the same as orzo?

  25. Jeanne 20 March 2009 at 7:55 pm #

    Chicken seems to pair particularly well with olives, doesn’t it? Yours looks gorgeous! I’ll have to go and check out the deadline for the fiesta – maybe I can still sneak in…

  26. Anonymous 22 February 2010 at 6:52 am #

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