Creamy pesto chicken with roasted tomatoes

Creamy pesto chicken with roasted tomatoes

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 25 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

A fast and filling, all-in-one chicken dish

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
545
protein
40g
carbs
22g
fat
33g
saturates
10g
fibre
1g
sugar
3g
salt
0.82g

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 tbsp Homemade pesto (see recipe below)
  • 85g mascarpone
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 100g breadcrumbs, preferably from day-old bread
  • 175g baby tomatoes, on the vine
  • handful pine nuts
  • handful basil leaves

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Use a small sharp knife to make a slit along the side of each chicken breast to form a pocket. Mix together the pesto and mascarpone, then carefully spoon a quarter of the mixture into each chicken breast and smooth over the opening to seal.
  2. Brush a little oil, about 1 tsp, all over each chicken breast and season well. Tip the breadcrumbs onto a large plate and season. Place each breast on the plate and press all over with the breadcrumbs. Place in a lightly oiled shallow baking dish along with the tomatoes (kept together on the vine in a couple of bunches). Drizzle over the remaining oil.
  3. Cook in the oven for 20-25 mins until the chicken starts to turn golden and is cooked through. Scatter over the pine nuts and cook for 2 mins more. Sprinkle with basil leaves and serve with new potatoes or crusty bread.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, May 2009

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Annie17's picture

Sorry to ruin it folks, but I found this recipe a little bland. Edible, yes, but I don't think I'll be making it again.

elsdevere's picture

I dont eat chicken so did with salmon, was fab!!

cooksAlot's picture

I wrapped the chicken breasts in bacon instead of using bread crumbs and had this with roasted veg. Was absolutely delicious and I will definitely be cooking this again soon, my Husband loved it too.

audreymcahill's picture

This dish is amazing... made with roasted tomatoes on the vine and new baby potatoes! It's probably my best dish on bbcgoodfood!

moirashaw1's picture

Made tonight for my husband and self. Didn't have mascarpone so just used pesto( used recipe given). Brushed chicken with oil and patted breadcrumbs in. Tomatoes added a lovely freshness. Will definitely make again.

Lu27's picture
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A really nice recipe, results in tasty chicken which is a bit different. Great for when you are cooking for lots of people.

lyndziloo's picture

i did this using red pesto as i didnt have any green pesto in and didnt have all the stuff to make it homemade. I also added garlic to the breadcrumbs! I served it with roasted asparagus that had been coated with olive oil and balsamic syrup. I also served it with some wedges that I had tossed with a tiny bit of rosemary, thyme, smoked paprika, garlic and oregano. It was lovely!! My new favourite dish I think.

carolfmurphy's picture
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Did this dish for 20 people using chicken fillets. Marinated the chicken fillets first in garlic oil black pepper and lime juice. Drained all this and grilled for about 2 minutes on each side . Poured over the bought pesto and marcapone topped with oiled gluten free breadcrumbs and heated and toasted. Delicious! Part roasted tomatoes first then added when cooking.

sharangoose's picture
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I stumbled upon this because I had chicken breast and mascarpone I needed to use up.
I had some red pesto open in the fridge so used that instead of making my own. I halved the recipe as only for two. However, I would do all of the sauce recipe next time and maybe put the extra in a ramekin in the roasting tin to bubble away and use to pour over veg.
I also wouldn't roast the toms for quite as long next time.
I would cook this for friends, I thought it was delicious. Think I will serve with roast potatoes, green beans and carrots.

christine007's picture

There are some comments on this recipe which appear t be about how to earn lots of money for no effort. Given the quality of the spell in/grammar I think they are probably a scam!

julesgirl's picture

Also used shop brought pesto but it was still great!

julesgirl's picture

Made this the other day and it was delic!! Didn't hav any pine nuts but it still tasted great!

alienqueen's picture

I added some shopped red chilli to the filling. Tastes just great. And i used regular Philadelphia cream cheese, as i find mascarpone too sweet. Worked really well, lovely dish!

emmamac20's picture
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Very tasty and easy to make! Also works well with red pesto.

lcannon1990's picture
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Really yummy, served it with roasted new pots sprinkled with a little paprika and put red and green peppers and onions in the dish with the chicken and tomatoes. Really quite simple to make too.

ravenclawprincess95's picture

Absolutely loved this. It was easy to make and tasted wonderful. The Pesto needed salt, and I added some Parmesan cheese to the top when I added the pine nuts.

beibei's picture
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Really simple and really delicious, a perfect combination.

ballyclaire83's picture
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Really simple, really tasty, a great midweek meal!

mariaandreou's picture
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Delicious!!!

gastrosue's picture
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I didn't have mascarpone so used grated mozzarella instead which worked perfectly.

I also toasted the breadcrumbs in the oven to make them crispier before coating the chicken, and added some parmesan cheese.

Served with potato wedges......lovely!

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