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)

landygirl88's picture

lovely meal, doesnt really need all the veg in my opinion

yippie's picture

I love this recipe! It never fails to impress anyone that comes for dinner - although presentation wise it can look like a big green mess!! (But that's just my serving technique i think!!)
I used spinach instead of the spring greens and added an extra dollop of pesto.

sweetassugar's picture

can you use chicken brests for this recipe?

advise anyone?

karinubbiali's picture

I've made this recipe in a cooking class for people with diabetes and they all love it! We made fresh pesto which is so fast and tastier than the one you buy in jars.
You can also try different greens

clairemcbride's picture

Don't know if I went wrong with this recipe but found it very liquidy and lacked flavour, however my boyfriend really enjoyed it. Will add more pesto next time, as want to try it again since everybody else has enjoyed it so much!

sjhind's picture

A wonderful recipe, so easy to make and very tasty.

kkate08's picture

Great recipe - one of my favourites

slr1711's picture

Fabulous. Full marks from both my husband and our 18 month old son who could not get enough! I used a tomato pesto and it was very tasty as well as pleasing to the eye.

datsie's picture

This is a really yummy dish! And even better if you make your own pesto.

denisebrise's picture

Delicious, light, tasty. Didn't have potatoes, so I cooked everything as per recipe and cooked some basmati rice on the side. Served in a deep plates with a little less liquid. Worked a treat.

rhardman's picture

My first attempt at real cooking. Really easy and my 8 year old son loved it. Will make a bigger lot next time and invite the family round!

rachelastley's picture

Really, really love this recipe. So tasty and relatively easy to prepare and cook. Even my hubby loves it, and he is vegetable averse! An easy way to get some of his 5-a-day down him!!

philhowlett's picture

Excellent, so easy to prepare and put together. Wasn't sure about the pesto but boy does it make the difference. Would recommend this to anyone who wants a quick and easy midweek meal, that is also healthy.

faymclean1's picture

All of family enjoyed. Forgot to put pesto in but still tasted great

nildesperandum's picture

forgot to add rating! first feedback left:)

nildesperandum's picture

put in minted peas and some courgette otherwise did recipe. Very tasty would do again.

cara82's picture

Absolutely loved this recipe and my flatmates were blown away. So easy to prepare and so flavoursome. They had fun guessing that the secret ingredient was the pesto!

emmacatignani's picture

This went down a treat. I had some left over roast chicken in the fridge, so didn't bother cooking the chicken, instead adding cold shredded chicken at the end and that was fantastic. In fact we had some of the stew left over and reheated that with no chicken in it and it was still tasty.
I followed the amounts of veg in the recipe and it was pretty veg heavy, but a great way to eat lots of greens in a tasty way!

karinaya's picture

Didnt know what spring greens consisted of so used spinnach, leeks, green beans, pettit pois and some carrots. Mixed a veg and chicken stock cube together and added 3 tbsp of green pesto. Made far too much but went down a treat, dont think you can go wrong with this recipe delicious :o)


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