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.



  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 (216)

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

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 :)

heybear's picture

Nice tasting and healthy but the spring greens - even when shredded - added too much bulk and made for very messy eating. Next time I'd be inclined to use leeks instead, as others have suggested.

vickitay's picture

Love this recipe. Hearty, filling and healthy all at the same time - fab. Used all the veg suggested, only thing I did different this time was add an extra tablespoon of pesto. The dish was perfect!

vickitay's picture

Love this recipe. Hearty and healthy at the same time - fab. Used all the veg suggested, but only thing I did different this time was add an extra tablespoon of pesto, which made the dish perfect.

rebeccamark24's picture

Yum .... that is all

GrinAndBearIt's picture

Really nice. My only slight criticism would be that the quantities given were perfect for 2 adults, a 1 year old and a 3 year old. If I was making this for 4 adults I'd increase the chicken and potatoes.

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janineknox83's picture

Wow,although it looked to start bland I am now a fan and it's a firm favourite even for my kids who sulk at greens! 3 times a week I've made this.....time for a break lol,I did add a spoonful of mouse whipped cheese.Love it!!! Thankyou x

michaelaproctor's picture

yet again another amazing recipe! i was bit dubious about making this dish, but gave it a go, added little bit of spinach and green beans as i didn't have any petits pois, added 1 clove of crushed garlic with the onion and also creme fraiche at the end, and it was amazing! so tasty. my other half doesnt like brocolli or spinach but loved it and cleaned his plate :D will definitely make again very soon.

nmarks1992's picture

I love this recipe. Its easy to cook and has a lot of delicious fresh tastes. I find I have to keep topping up with water and If it ends up too watery, I add a little cornflour to thicken it up and it turns into a nice thick sauce. I have used chicken breasts as well as thighs as they are easier to eat. I also use spinach instead of spring greens. I have cooked this a number of times for me and my partner, I have also cooked this for my family and its a real favorite!

redhead30's picture

Saved me from the mundane weekly cook!! Love this, you can also add a big dollop of half fat creme fraiche at the end and stir it in which makes it delicious and still healthy. Have made this many times, perfect comfort food. Kids love it.

siandora's picture

Delicious recipe. I added a tablespoon of cream cheese which gave it a lovely creamy taste. Will definitely be making it again.

cath79's picture

I was really sceptical about this recipe and even as I was cooking it was concerned that I wouldn't work. I needn't have worried as it turned out really well. Didn't make any changes to the recipe and didn't think it needed any adjusting. Really tasty, will probably cook this one again.

inekestolp's picture

Perfect, very tender chicken, lovely flavours!

jasyrolo's picture

I tried this for my family and they all loved it. It was very easy to prepare and it is now a firm


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