Nettles and Chicken Risotto


For 4 people

  • 1 teaspoon oil, preferably olive
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 225 g risotto rice (a brown rice (preferable in terms of sugar load – see the section on Healthy Living Recommendations)
  • 1 L hot chicken stock
  • 40 g dried nettles
  • 150 g frozen peas
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  • Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan, add the onion and garlic and fry for 1 minute. Add the chicken and continue to fry for 2–3 minutes.
  • Stir in the rice and coat with the oil. Gradually add the hot stock, stirring continuously, absorbing each addition before adding the next.
  • Stir in the peas with the last addition of stock and continue to cook. The whole cooking process should take about 20 minutes and the rice should be ‘al dente’.
  • Out of the fire, add the dried nettles.
  • Stir through the Parmesan cheese and parsley before serving.

Recommended daily portion

Eat one portion of this recipe to cover your daily intake of nettles.       

Preparation and dosage

Consume 10 g/day (= 5 tablespoons) of dried nettle corresponding to approximatively 25 g of fresh nettles.

We recommend consuming nettle dried, or fresh and steamed for only a few minutes, in order not to lose its hypoglycaemic activity.

Proven health benefits of Nettle

Nettles are effective against prostate hyperplasia and seem also beneficial for kidney stone management and for their anti-inflammatory properties, even though further investigations are required to confirm these health benefits.

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