Roast Chicken Risotto Instant Pot

Risotto is a classic that everyone should be able to make as once you have the technique it is quite easy. And for a dinner that warms you up on a cold winter night making risotto in a pressure cooker or instant. is super easy.

Why This Leftover Chicken Mushroom Risotto Recipe Works

Try to use dried mushrooms and use the stock made from soaking them because it adds that rich Umami expected in mushroom risotto.

You can easily use BBQ Chicken for extra flavor also.

Using fresh mushrooms as well as dried gives the dish a variety of tastes and textures.
Finishing with butter and cheese adds that velvety, creamy finish risotto should have.

What Rice Is Used For Risotto with left over Chicken?

Traditionally, risotto is made using Arborio rice, however, many folks use Carnaroli rice (sometimes called ‘Risotto Rice’ this is often called this in grocery stores or supermarkets). The key is the rice needs to be high in starch to get that creamy consistency risotto is known for.

Can you Reheat Risotto?

Yes, you can reheat a chicken risotto, often a small squeeze of lemon juice, asparagus or extra sliced mushrooms will bring a new life to leftover risotto. Use medium to high heat to reheat and stir so it does not burn on the bottom.

Can I heat Risotto in a Microwave?

Yes, you can reheat chicken and mushroom risotto in a microwave- first put a single portion in a microwave dish, and zap it for a minute, then quickly stir, and put back for another 30 seconds until it is heated through. There are only two of us and from half a small roast chicken (leftover) with this chicken and mushroom risotto recipe we got 4 more good servings or 2 meals – so it really is a budget risotto coming in at about 6 dollars of $1.50 per person

Leftover Chicken and Mushroom Risotto

Easy Chicken and Mushroom Risotto

Imagine a rich creamy risotto of Chicken and Mushroom. It is one of my favorites and I am sure if you follow this recipe it will become one of yours.

One of the things that are great with an electric or stovetop pressure cooker is you do not have to stand over the stove stirring constantly or need to heat the chicken broth and add it gradually into the risotto.

The new way to make risotto that comes out just as creamy and just as delicious is the instant pot – and it’s so much easier, and faster with less washing up.

How to make budget leftover Risotto Recipes

When we have a roast chicken on a Sunday, be economical and you can probably get another meal out of it – this recipe makes enough for 4-6 people and it really is a budget risotto. You can equally use any leftover cooked chicken like chicken breast to make you chicken risotto recipe.

First strip the roasted chicken carcass – I mean, I really strip it and get everything off even the little bits or meat they all count. If you really are not in a hurry and want to get a real restaurant risotto taste then pressure cook the carcass with all other bones for 30 mins in enough water to cover it and nothing else. Add some onion, garlic and celery veggies and you will have a lovely stock. At the end you can also add in some saute or dried mushrooms (or fried mushrooms) plus sweetcorn and peas. The classic dried mushroom to use with a risotto is porcini mushrooms and of course grated parmesan – but more on that later.

Risotto rice or arborio rice you should have in your cupboard as a standby – it’s cheap and a great way to use up leftovers. So after you make this recipe I know you will have it as a pantry staple. You can even get natural Arborio Wild Rice and that is amazing.

Step By Step Photos and Video on How To Make Chicken and Mushroom Risotto.

See Our Video – Only 3 minutes taking you through the key steps on how to make leftover roast chciken risotto.

Start by preparing your leftover chicken and mushroom risotto recipe by slicing and dicing your onions. Here they are sliced and need dicing.

Dice Onions
Slice and Dice Onions

Slice your mushrooms.

Slice Mushrooms
Slice Mushrooms

Key to these leftover risotto recipes is preparing the meat or in this case, chicken, Take as much of the chicken as you can from your leftover Sunday chicken roast.

Strip Roast Chicken of Meat
Strip Roast Chicken of Meat

Start by cooking the onions for 2-3. minutes.

Cook Onions
Cook Onions

Then add half your mushrooms and a little bit of chicken for extra flavor as you cook and saute.

Add Mushrooms
Add Mushrooms

Next, add in the rice and stir to mix around all the sauteed juices and then add the chicken broth.

Add Chicken Broth or Stock
Add Stock

Add the white wine and cook for 10 minutes on high pressure followed by quick release.

Then add in the rest of the chicken, parmesan cheese, and parsley. Turn the instant pot back onto saute and stir while you mix all this up to a nice creamy risotto with mushrooms and chicken. Also, season with salt and pepper and taste chicken and mushroom risotto to make sure it is seasoned correctly.

Add Parmesan Cheese And Butter
Add Parmesan Cheese And Butter

After plating up – drizzle just a little olive oil on the top for extra taste and you will have the best ever chicken and mushroom risotto.

Drizzle Olive Oil on The Plated Risotto
Drizzle Olive Oil on The Plated Risotto

Chicken Mushroom Risotto Instant Pot

How do you use leftover roat chicken - well make a risotto. The new way to make risotto that comes out just as creamy and just as delicious is the instant pot - and it's so much easier, and faster with less washing up.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Rice Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword:  arborio rice instant pot cook time, chicken mushroom risotto, instant pot arborio rice, instant pot parmesan risotto
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 552kcal
Author: Rosie
Cost: $10


  • 0.3 oz Dried mushrooms (porcini mushrooms) (or 2 cups fresh mushrooms )
  • 1 Onion (or 2 shallots)
  • 12 oz Arborio rice 342g
  • 24 oz Chicken stock 700 g
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 pound Chicken Cooked (any cooked chicken)
  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil
  • ½ cup Wine
  • ½ tablespoon Parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Pepper


  • Dice Onion and Slice Mushroom
  • Take all the chicken off your leftover roast chicken
  • Turn the instant pot onto sautee high and place in the olive oil and some butter and heat up
  • Add in the Onion and sweat it gently followed by half your mushrooms
  • Stir in the Arborio rice and mix it well
  • Then add the chicken stock and wine and mix gently (fresh herbs like Thyme if you have it)
  • Put on the lid and cook on high pressure for 10 mins and then release the pressure using the quick-release button on the instant pot- be careful as the steam is very hot.
  • After Cooking Add in the all the chciken, parmesan cheese and parsley and gently stir again
  • Then gently mix in the butter and stir gently - season with salt and pepper and taste to check the seasoning is ready
  • Now you are ready to plate up


This dish can also have bacon bits added for extra flavor and it freezes really well.


Serving: 150g | Calories: 552kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 865mg | Potassium: 461mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 165IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 4mg

This really is a healthy Chicken and Mushroom Risotto