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Savory Chocolate Recipes

Can’t get enough of chocolate? Luckily, it’s more than just a sweet treat or ingredient in desserts. When used sparingly, chocolate adds complexity and a velvety texture to savory recipes. In Venchi’s blog, discover a chocolate twist to some classic dishes. Read on for chocolate chicken nuggets, hamburgers, and risotto recipes.  

Discover what wonders you can create with chocolate and visit Venchi’s blog on chocolate and meat pairing and chocolate cracker recipes.   


Chocolate chicken nuggets

Surprise! Make chicken nuggets more exciting with Venchi’s chocolate chicken nuggets recipe. The chocolate flavors of the cocoa powder add richness to the spicy heat of the cayenne pepper. Perfect for those that love their chicken crispy and bursting with flavor, give it a go tonight!  

Plus, we show you how to make your own chocolate BBQ sauce at home. It only takes two steps! 



  • 12 chicken tenders  

  • salt and pepper to season  

  • 2 eggs  


For the batter:  

  • 1 cup flour  

  • 1/2 cup cornstarch  

  • 1/2 cup Venchi cocoa powder  

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt  

  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper  

  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper  


For the BBQ sauce:  

  • 1 cup tomato puree  

  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce  

  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce  

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar  

  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce  

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder  

  • 1 oz. Venchi extra dark chocolate 


Yields: 6 servings  

Preparation Time: 30 minutes  



For the BBQ sauce 

  1. In a saucepan, gently heat all ingredients.  

  1. Whisk and stir, so nothing sticks to the bottom. Let it simmer for 3 minutes.  

  1. BBQ sauce is done. Let it cool, and it’s ready to serve. 


For the fried chicken 

  1. In a bowl, mix the flour, cornstarch, cocoa powder, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper. Make sure the ingredients are well combined.  

  1. Now prepare the chicken.  

  1. Season the chicken tenders with salt and pepper.  

  1. Beat two eggs in a bowl. This will be the glue for the batter.  

  1. Dip the chicken tenders first in the beaten eggs. Make sure the chicken is completely coated. Shake off any excess.  

  1. Next, dip the egg-covered chicken in the flour batter. Again make sure the chicken’s completely covered.  

  1. Place the chicken on a plate. Repeat until all chicken tenders are ready for frying.  

  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan. When it’s hot, you can add the chicken. Test the oil by throwing in a pinch of the flour batter. It should sizzle.  

  1. Fry the tenders until cooked—about 5 minutes on each side.  

  1. Place the fried chicken on a paper napkin-covered plate to remove any excess oil. 

  1. Serve the fried chicken with chocolate BBQ sauce, and enjoy! 


Chocolate hamburger 

Have a go at Venchi’s chocolate hamburger recipe, a thrilling twist on a classic!  



  • 16 oz. ground beef  

  • 1/2 onion, diced  

  • 1 egg 

  • 3 tablespoons bread crumbs  

  • salt & pepper to season 

  • 4 slices cheddar cheese  

  • 8 lettuce leaves  

  • 4 bread buns  


For the sauce 

  • 1/2 cup tomato puree  

  • 4 tablespoons red wine 

  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 

  • 1 oz. Venchi milk chocolate 

  • salt & pepper to season 


Yields: 4 servings  

Preparation Time: 20 minutes  



For the sauce: 

  1. In a saucepan, gently heat all ingredients.  

  1. Whisk and stir, so nothing sticks to the bottom. Let it simmer for 3 minutes.  

  1. Set aside until the burger is ready to season.  


For the hamburger: 

  1. In a bowl, mix together the ground beef and chopped onions.  

  1. Add the eggs and breadcrumbs. Then season with salt & pepper.  

  1. Shape the meat mixture into four balls. Flatten slightly.  

  1. Heat a frying pan with oil.  

  1. Grill the meat in the frying pan. Flip the sides when the meat’s colored.  

  1. Now assemble the hamburger.  

  1. Cut each bread bun in half. Place the meat in each one.  

  1. Drizzle the meat with the chocolate sauce.  

  1. Place a slice of cheddar cheese on top. Then the lettuce leaf.  

  1. Finish with the top piece of bread.  

  1. Chocolate hamburger is ready for eating! 


Chocolate risotto   

You’ll feel extra fancy eating this meal at home. But it’s actually super easy and can be whipped up in your kitchen on short notice. Try Venchi’s white chocolate risotto recipe and add some pizazz to mid-week dinners.  



  • 3 cups top-quality fish stock  

  • 1 cup dry white wine (we recommend Sauvignon Blanc)  

  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced  

  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed  

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil  

  • 4 celery sticks  

  • 14 oz. risotto rice  

  • 7 oz. fresh crab meat  

  • 1 oz. Venchi white chocolate  

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped dil 


Yields: 4 servings  

Preparation Time: 45 minutes  



  1. Add the fish stock into a saucepan. Turn up the heat and let it gently simmer.  

  1. In a new pan, add the oil, onions, garlic, and chopped celery. Keep on low heat.  

  1. Once softened, it’s time to add the rice. Lightly fry the rice and keep stirring.  

  1. When the rice becomes translucent, pour in the wine and keep stirring.  

  1. Turn the rice down to a simmer. Keep adding a ladleful of fish stock to the rice.  

  1. Let the stock get absorbed by the rice before adding a new ladle.  

  1. Keep adding ladlefuls of stock for about 15 minutes.  

  1. Add the crab meat a few minutes before the rice is finished.  

  1. Then, take off the heat.  

  1. Finely grate the white chocolate onto the risotto. Next, stir in the finely chopped dill.  

  1. White chocolate risotto is ready to be served!