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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marieobrien's picture
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Made this last week it was yummy and really easy to make. Made it tonight with a twist, used filo pastry instead of breadcrumbs and used sundried tomato pesto, it was also yummy, plates licked clean.

Li-May's picture
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This was very easy to prepare (in advance) and really delicious! Substituted mascarpone for low fat cream cheese + greek yoghurt, and laid the breasts on some garlic as well. The breadcrumbs kept the meat very moist. Served with buttered leeks & carrots. Definitely making again.

shollingdrake's picture
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Absolutely beautiful, the extra pesto and mascarpone mixture works wonderfully on top of a steak or a pizza!

amzdenz's picture
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I made this recipe for my boyfriend last night as part of a cosy quite night in. It was so simple to make and tasted amazing. He loved it too! Will certainly make this again.

tormcr's picture
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I have made this so many times I have lost count. It always goes down a treat and great for dinner parties. I have also used parma ham on the odd occasion which tasted delicious. Once you have made your own pesto you will say goodbye to buying it!

chichi13's picture
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Following advice from others I used Boursin light and shop bought pesto. Also added cherry tomatoes towards end of cooking rather than at start. Result 6 clean plates!
Also so handy to prepare ahead- I did it when my little one was sleeping in the afternoon for that evenings dinner.
Definitely make again!

Enanjay's picture
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Easy. Delicious. They always get top marks from family & friends. I wrap them in serrano ham instead of using breadcrumbs. Have also topped lean pork chops with the pesto mix then wrapped in ham with the same delicious result.

rachsweets's picture
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Beautiful! And so easy! Served with rosemary and garlic potatoes and was really lovely - especially with home made pesto :-)

sarahmccusker's picture
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I love this recipe! I tried it out on my husband for dinner during the week and loved it so much I'm making it for a dinner party tonight. It's so simple and easy to make. I had extra pesto left over which I had with pasta the next day for lunch. Even the pesto recipe is so easily made I will never buy a jar of pesto again.

paulynne's picture
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Just made this tonight and used ready made sundried tomato pesto and light cream cheese. Also used sunflower and pumpkin seeds as had no pinenuts. It turned out perfectly and I will definitely make again as it was very easy and only a few dishes were used so there was not much to clean up.

dboeva's picture
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Just took it out of the oven and it smells fantastic! The meat is tender and delicious. Will make it again for my family!

rebecca_stevenson1's picture
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My boyfriends favourite dish! Sometimes as a variation, i mix the marscapone and pesto with a basic white sauce, then top with pine nuts and grated cheese - yummy

kypnut's picture
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This was so easy to make although i cut down on the basil, as i find it to strong, hubbie and son loved it, so will make again

bartoloc's picture

really easy and looks impressive considering the short time it takes! will definitely be making it again. used ready made pesto and creme fraiche and turned out great. 25 minutes was perfect timing too.

deejo_uk's picture
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really nice and easy to make. Hubby loved it. Would make again.

cunnitra's picture
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Made this tonight. Really quick and delicious. The family loved it. Why would you buy pesto? Homemade is so much better!

bluesvrider's picture
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My daughter declared she was cooking dinner, first time for everything! Picked this for her and to be fair she did very well and served a very edible dish. This was quick and simple to do and very tasty.

Zootfruit's picture
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Really nice. Easy to make, has to b mascarpone for me Philly too sweet. Used shop bought pesto and couldn't find pine nuts at tesco. I put some of the creamy pesto on top of the chicken b4 putting on breadcrumbs. Very tasty and will make again.

mammasmith's picture
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Great recipe, only reason I didnt give it 5 stars was because I wrapped the chicken in pancetta and used low fat philly. Also added a bit of garlic and chilli. Roasted plenty of tomatoes, mainly as we presently have a glut!! Will deffo make again.

staceyelaine13's picture
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Made this for my boyfriend and he loved it! I used shop bought Pesto as is much cheaper and served with tagliatelle with a tomato sauce. The cherry tomatoes definitely make the dish perfect, was very nice. I will try with light Philly next time.

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