Creamy pesto chicken with roasted tomatoes

Creamy pesto chicken with roasted tomatoes

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 25 mins

Easy

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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Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 3 tbsp Homemade pesto (see the recipe in tip section below)
    Pesto

    Pesto

    Pess-toh

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

    The…

  • 85g mascarpone
  • 4 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…

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

    Tomato

    toe-mart-oh

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

  • handful pine nuts
  • handful basil leaves

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.

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julesgirl
17th Mar, 2013
Also used shop brought pesto but it was still great!
julesgirl
17th Mar, 2013
Made this the other day and it was delic!! Didn't hav any pine nuts but it still tasted great!
alienqueen
25th Feb, 2013
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
13th Feb, 2013
5.05
Very tasty and easy to make! Also works well with red pesto.
lcannon1990
29th Jan, 2013
4.05
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
28th Jan, 2013
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
27th Jan, 2013
5.05
Really simple and really delicious, a perfect combination.
ballyclaire83
24th Jan, 2013
5.05
Really simple, really tasty, a great midweek meal!
mariaandreou
26th Nov, 2012
5.05
Delicious!!!
gastrosue
19th Nov, 2012
5.05
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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