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

    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

    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

    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 onions

    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 (217)

eddieboi's picture

We added a leek along with everything suggested and also topped up on the pesto. Very nice, healthy and filling.

lydia90's picture

Really good! used frozen green beans instead of broccoli and 1 chicken drumstick as im a poor student! used half jar of pesto and added some lemon juice which i think made the difference. loads of veg left so just had it for lunch as a soup/stew, really yummy will def use again

lb02252's picture

Am going to make this recurring. Great for a tasty healthy weekday meal.

cehawes's picture

I made this when we had friends staying and I was really pleased with it, and so were they as they asked for the recipe! I used Tesco Finest chicken stock rather than a stock cube stock, and added n extra tablespoon of pesto, but otherwise did it exactly as per the recipe. Easy and tasty, highly recommended!

jh8077's picture

This was great! My boyfriend is allergic to pesto so I didn't add that but put in a generous bunch of basil and mint in for flavour, and added garlic with the onions in the first step. Also put in cornflour at the end to thicken the sauce, and omitted new potatoes so I could serve it with mash to soak it all up. There was loads of extra sauce but I'm looking forward to that as a spring vegetable soup tomorrow!

susie268's picture

This is a great recipe, however i found i had to add a lot more liquid to the dish once all veg has been added.

cocrook's picture

Served this for a dinner party ~ it looked a mess so I was really embarrassed but everyone loved it. What it lacked in appearance it certainly made up for in taste. They ate the lot! As with previous postings I upped the pesto and cooked the broccoli separately.

mrscrunke's picture

This dish is absolutely delicious, its so easy to do that I've made it time and time again and it never fails to turn out perfectly!

plums1's picture

This was gorgeous. I also tried this recipe without the chicken and added fresh tortellini to the soup at the end. That was nice to. it's a bit similar to Italian brodo.

no1ginger's picture

Perhaps assisted by using home made River cottage veg stock and pesto but that was blooming delicious!! Well done Mary! Again!

fee-clapperton's picture

I loved this recipe! Like other people commented I swapped the onion for leek and spring greens for spinach. I converted this recipe to serve 6 and made it for my family. Instead of cooking it like the method suggested, I put everything in a slow cooker for 6 1/2 hours and added a glass of white wine. I left out the potatoes and served with jacket pots instead. It was delicious and very easy to do!

chevette's picture

Looks and tastes great- super easy to make too! I made my own low fat pesto - even healthier!

jessroseprice's picture

Delicious! Can't fault this.

graemewilliams1's picture

This is a super healthy and delicious recipe that has become a weekly favourite in our house. My husband can't stand peas so we substitute those for leeks and its a total winner. I always double the quantities and add extra stock as otherwise there's just not enough!

inkypink's picture

Really tasty and very easy, I thought the greens looked too much before putting into the pot but it worked very well. I used part white cabbage, part savoy plus the broccoli and peas and it had a nice texture and colour.

sookiepie's picture

For me this was a little too watery and could have done with a bit more flavour. I really liked the cooking technique of the chicken thigh fillets and new potatoes all in one pan, I just think the sauce was lacking something.

dishymummy's picture

This tasted fantastic but didn't look so hot on the plate! Despite using a large pot, there were a lot of vegetables that needed to be stirred and the delicate broccoli got a bit bashed especially when the pesto was added at the end. I will make this again because it tasted so good but will add the pesto before the vegetables and perhaps steam the broccoli seperately. I was initially unsure about the pesto but it really makes the dish.

natz1983's picture

made this for a dinner party and was absolutely delicious and very filling

little_bear's picture

Best chicken stew ever - I have lost count of how many times I have made it! I often vary the vegetables - green peppers and courgettes work particularly well. Its a very light stew so great for anytime of the year and very quick and easy.


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