Spring chicken in a pot

Spring chicken in a pot

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 45 mins

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Serves 4

Casseroles aren't just for winter - this light, vibrant one-pot is packed with spring veg and herby pesto

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  • Freezable
  • Healthy
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  1. Heat the oil in a large, heavy pan. Add the onion, gently fry for 5 mins until softened, add the chicken, then fry until lightly coloured. Add the potatoes, stock and plenty of freshly ground black pepper, then bring to the boil. Cover, then simmer for 30 mins until the potatoes are tender and the chicken is cooked. Can be frozen at this point.
  2. Add the broccoli, spring greens, petit pois and spring onions, stir well, then return to the boil. Cover, then cook for 5 mins more, stir in the pesto and heat through.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, April 2009

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mirri's picture

Wow, even my "I really don't want to eat veggies!" daughter loved this!

emmy.sav's picture

I used unused chicken bits and pieces and spring veg from the week to make this dish and it was amazing. Extra mushrooms. Even looked half like the picture! Delicious. Will make on many occasions to come.

bluefish7204's picture

Wow! This is super yummy and I would definitely recommend. I used kale instead of spring greens and was generous with the pesto. Will be making this again and again.

rosievimes's picture
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This has been a long time family favourite, it's tasty, healthy, and incredibly simple to make. Best served on the table in the dish it was cooked in, so that everyone can take their own and mop up the delicious sauce with some tear n share bread. Wonderful.

chickemjools's picture

Thank you for reviewing the actual recipe and not a completely different recipe as so many contributors have done. It's really helpful to know what the real recipe is like :)

hghansford's picture

This recipe is fantastic - I used bananas instead of chicken & samphire & baked beans instead of cabbage I forgot the pesto but nobody seemed to notice. Perhaps it was the gin that I used instead of the stock.

Highly recommended

Arantarin's picture
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Very healthy, delicious and easy to make dish!

sophie_h_88's picture

I made this for my family. One hates any dark meat on chicken and the other hates vegetables of any kind. Both enjoyed massively and best thing was it felt healthy to eat. Will definitely be putting this on my menu every month.

popadum's picture

Fresh & zingy. Perfect for spring. I use skinless chicken pieces on the bone and add the potatoes a little later, as otherwise they crumble.

nicolaaustin78's picture

Lovely and as others have said its really nice to have a casserole dish that isn't tomato based. I use all the ingredients listed however add a little extra stock, a bit more pesto and a couple of leeks and bung it all in the slow cooker on high for min 4 hours. (I chop up the chicken and potatoes to ensure they cook through). Saves me cooking anything first and becomes a really lazy but filling and tasty meal. A dollop of creme fraiche on top once served really enhances the dish even more!

ddnachez's picture

Very easy to make and to speed up the cooking time, I cut the chicken and potatoes into smaller size. I didn't have any pesto so added chopped basil leaves with the greens and it was still very tasty, although it needed a bit more salt.

josp74's picture

This is so easy to make and so surprisingly tasty as such a simple list of ingredients. I added a leak at the same time as the onion and then added kale, broccoli and peas for the veg. Some nice crusty bread goes down a treat as well. Highly recommended dish.

Cadburymisshape's picture

This has become a favourite! Really tasty and so nice not being a tomato based casserole! Don't worry if you don't like or don't have pesto, one time I forgot to put it in but it was still gorgeous! I've varied the veg too dependent on what I had in store/could get and it works well. :)

bezzah's picture

Made this as it seemed tasty and healthy. Very good although it didn't look to be at the beginning.
I added some carrots and I also used runner beans, peas and asparagus.
Instead if shop bought pesto I made my own, adding half a chilli which worked really well. Served with homemade garlic bread! Yum

Kimela01's picture

This was so simple to make that I thought I had done something wrong. Both my partner and daughter love this dish. He never liked broccoli but has no problem with it here.

rbex88's picture

After it had finished cooking and was ready to serve I was thinking it wouldn't be very good because it didn't look great, but it was so tasty and much more filling than I thought it would be. Even my veg hating boyfriend finished his portion! A great dish to get your greens in!

Bon33's picture

Tried this but the pesto had gone mouldy so didn't have that mixed in. I'm not a veggie person an it looked unappetising but I really enjoyed it and after a bowl I was full.

ellybob's picture

Quick, easy and very tasty indeed! Added carrots and some garlic -- yum yum! Also froze the whole lot after adding green vege. Might be a bit mushy but I'm sure it'll be fine as there was plenty of juice.

carrotpeeler's picture

We had this yesterday and it was delicious! So easy and tasty and the pesto adds something really special. Can't wait to have friends over to make it again - a great summer one pot.

snowsheep91's picture
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Gorgeous recipe - used asparagus and leeks to bulk it out a bit. Absolutely lovely. Served with soured cream on the side and would probably serve with ciabatta or soda bread next time to mop up the juices :)