Spring chicken in a pot

Spring chicken in a pot

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 45 mins


Serves 4
Casseroles aren't just for winter - this light, vibrant one-pot is packed with spring veg and herby pesto

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal339
  • fat10g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs27g
  • sugars12g
  • fibre8g
  • protein36g
  • salt0.5g
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 onion, chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 500g boneless, skinless chicken thigh
  • 300g small new potato

    New potatoes

    n-ew po-tate-oes

    New potatoes have thin, wispy skins and a crisp, waxy texture. They are young potatoes and…

  • 425ml low-salt vegetable stock (such as Kallo low-salt vegetable stock cubes)
  • 350g broccoli, cut into small florets



    Like cabbage and cauliflower, broccoli is a brassica and is sometimes known by its Italian name…

  • 350g spring green, shredded

    Spring greens

    sp-ring gr-eens

    Spring greens are the first cabbages of the year. They have fresh, loose heads without the hard…

  • 140g petits pois
  • bunch spring onion, sliced

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • 2 tbsp pesto



    Pesto is a generic Italian name for any sauce made by pounding ingredients together.


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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.

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Comments (215)

SueChef1's picture

I tried with cabbage, broccoli and endive - forgot the pesto! But still v tasty. Took advice from others' comments and put it in the oven on a low heat (150) until hubby comes home (yes, I know, but it's true!). He really appreciated the greens. Tonight doing again with the exact greens listed above (inc pesto!) but adding pasta instead of spuds. Can't wait!

pennyclark's picture

Really tasty :) my son loved it even though it was predominantly green

woolcos's picture

I didn't use the pesto but added a tablespoon of Philadelphia cream cheese with chives. My husband loved it, I thought it was OK. You need a really really big pan to fit all that veg in, I used a casserole that should be OK for 4 and had to wait for the greens to wilt before I could add the broccoli.

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

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

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.


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