Creamy pesto chicken with roasted tomatoes

Creamy pesto chicken with roasted tomatoes

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 4

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

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal545
  • fat33g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs22g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre1g
  • protein40g
  • salt0.82g
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  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 3 tbsp Homemade pesto (see the recipe in tip section below)



    Pesto is a generic Italian name for any sauce made by pounding ingredients together.


  • 85g mascarpone
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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  • 100g breadcrumb, preferably from day-old bread
  • 175g baby tomatoes, on the vine



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • handful pine nuts
  • handful basil leaves


  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.

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Comments (189)

dboeva's picture

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

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

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

really nice and easy to make. Hubby loved it. Would make again.

cunnitra's picture

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

bluesvrider's picture

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

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

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

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.

smariec's picture

Delicious! Simple yet so tasty. I served with sautéed new potatoes

mmounsey's picture

Loved this. Have made it a few times now. I use shop bought pesto to save time and I also just use normal cherry tomatoes because they are cheaper. We use wholegrain bread to make our own breadcrumbs. Delicious!

jlhopgood's picture

Super easy, super tasty - a hit in our home! :) Thank you!

jzleslie's picture

This is a fantastic recipe! I used a jar of pesto. I find you don't need as much of the pesto mix as the recipe says nor as much breadcrumbs. Didn't bother with the pine nuts either. Served it with tagliatelle with extra pesto mixture to my 9 yr old daughter as she is not a potato lover - she asked for seconds! Impressive dish for very little effort.

nickirae's picture

A fantastic dish.. I have made this a few times now and is a favourite with all the family and friends..

eaalexander's picture

Made this at the weekend for friends we had around and it was fab! Lots of compliments and everyone really enjoyed it. I added the tomatoes half way through the cooking time of chicken and they were still slightly overcooked but not a huge problem. I also made two pockets for filling in the chicken breast. Served with small roast potatoes and green beans. Very tasty!

jenniemarie_stone's picture

Great if you love pesto! I wouldn't recommend to anyone who isn't that keen as pesto is mostly all you can taste.
Nice light dish, I won't make again in a hurry though. As there are few ingredients the dish is very simple tasting.

tanyasauce's picture

Very tasty and quick to rustle together. Family loved it. Will definitely make again!

rbarkhuysen's picture

So so good! I added mixed peppers and chunks of courgettes to the tomatoes and used a jar of pesto that I already had. My husband asked for it again a few days later! I served it with rice the second time. Delicious, will definitely be a regular in our house, so easy!

madmoo37's picture

absolutely love this recipe , simple and so tasty


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