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)

gypsie's picture

I found this recipe really bland, I could only taste the pesto. It also didnt look great, like a thick murky pesto soup.

trapieter's picture

this was yummy! Next time I will do double as wanted more! I agree with many on here though no need for all the veg, I used half and it was more than enough.

kerdia's picture

I made this last night and it went down very well, nice and easy to make and bonus for only using one pot! I used pak choi instead of the greens but used rest of veg in recipe I used chopped chicken breasts aswell and a little more stock so it was more soupy, served with lots of crusty bread, no complaints, I also like the idea of using the pesto.

ShivyDevon's picture

Gorgeous! Even nicer with freshly home grown peas - melt in the mouth. Only thing we were missing was some crusty bread to soak up the juices. Wonderful!

ShivyDevon's picture

Gorgeous! Even nicer with freshly home grown peas - melt in the mouth. Only thing we were missing was some crusty bread to soak up the juices. Wonderful!

jeanh-b's picture

this is a great dish, i used up some shredded cabbage, leeks and green beans and we all loved it, very cheap to make as well as i only had to buy the chicken. will definately do it again mid week with all unused veg from weekend!

dancingbunny's picture

Really tasty and filling, boyfriend was loving it even though he's not that keen on vegetables! Will definitely make again, as it was easy and even withstood the extra half hour I simmered it because I was distracted. Lovely lovely recipe. I tasted a little bit before putting the pesto in and it was great then too, so if you don't like pesto, it will still be great.

louisahay's picture

I used asparagus instead of spring veg. And didn't have pesto but it was still a huge hit. My 2 and 4 year old boys ate it up very quickly too which is a great sign. Will make again with extra potatos for my husband.

farside's picture

this is cooking for the stupid (of which I am one) it's great - chuck it all in and just wait, then dish up something lush.

debetha's picture

Nice. Used one-and-a-half the amount of chicken, and twice the veg, and only have a small amount left over - 2 adults, and 3 small kids. It was a hit with the 6, 3 and 1 year old, all of it! Used chicken breasts, thighs would be better as the breast was a little dry. Will use more pesto/ extra basil next time, and some mint, as if anything was a little bland - which is probably why the kids loved it!

tellybwmbas's picture

Superpuper.....lovely recipe and sooo easy. On my favourite list for convenience and taste!

lizel-mare's picture

Made this over the weekend and loved it, loved it, loved it!!! I used all sorts of green veg that I had in the kitchen and it was delicious!!

dawnfox's picture

Made this as a family lunch, it was a hit. I found it easy to prepare and an inexpensive meal to serve . I will be making this again.

sarahlou26's picture

Yum, Yum, Yum....made this for my boyfriend and his mum, who is very fussy! and they couldn't get enough of it. Instead of spring onions I used leaks, and I doubled the amount of pesto recommended, it was lovely and very filling. I will defo be making this again

megzii-moo's picture

well, i haven't actually made this recipe yet, but i must say, it sounds fab! i personally don't like caseroles, so i think this could be the first one ive ever gotten exited about! in my mind caseroles were always stodgy, and full of pearl barley, but i think this will be lovely on a warm summers evening!!! yum yum! thanks x

alisondefries's picture

This was delicious. I cooked it for the whole family and everyone loved it. I will definately be making this again. It is a great way to get the children to eat up their veg!

monochromic's picture

Yum. This was impossibly tasty and went down a storm with my pesto-loving other half. I chucked in some soy beans which went very well. Will definitely be making this again.

somerset6's picture

This is a firm favourite in my house. I use chicken stock and at least double the recommended amount of pesto. True, it doesn't look the prettiest dish, but the flavour is simply wonderful.

malaubhi's picture

I made this for friends on saturday night and everyone thought it was bland.The only flavour was the pesto, which also turned the stock into a swampy-green soup. I was really disappointed as i even bought organic chicken and fresh stock etc. I will not be making it again.

tobyone's picture

Literally just finished eating this...it was my first go! Absolutely fantastic!!! I took into account peoples suggestions on here and didn't put in quite as much broccoli as suggested and I also put in another 200ml of stock and used chicken stock for more flavour. I love pesto and ended up adding about twice as much as the recipe said!! I'm now about to have seconds!!


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