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 recipe 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

    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



    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 (184)

sbraithwaite34's picture

This recipe was delicious! so simple and easy to make. I served it with tender-stem broccoli, asparagus and new potatoes and it made such a fantastic, quick midweek meal! I substituted the mascarpone for philadelphia as i prefer the taste and went a bit crazy on the basil in the pesto (i just cant get enough of it!). It did take longer than 20 minutes to cook however, I don't know whether this was due to my oven or the size of the chicken breasts but i will definitely be making this one again and can strongly recommend this recipe to anyone. Delicious!!

julievalighton's picture

A delicious regular in this household. Usually roasted in a large tray with some chunky sweet potato wedges as make it a perfect one pot meal!

jeanius's picture

Lovely recipe, will make my own pesto next time, but it was delicious as it is. I did use low fat cheese instead of mascarpone as suggested previously.

littlemissysunshine's picture

Yum! I used homemade pesto with low fat philly and wrapped it in a slice of parma ham. I served it with roasted mediterranean vegetables and lentils.

karinann's picture

Have made this many times, sometimes with the breadcrumbs and sometimes wrapped the chicken in parma ham. Always goes down well with everyone

steph2910's picture

I read the reviews of this dish and everyone says it's a fantastic dish so I must be doing something wrong...
I agree it's very easy to make but the mascapone/pesto mixture always runs out of the chicken so in the end it's all in the dish nothing left at all in the chicken breasts.
There is also no way it takes 20 to 25 min if you use normal size chicken breast, I cook mine for at least 1/2 hr so the chicken isn't pink.
I made this dish several times, I agree it's taste good but it never looks like the picture above!

babybex's picture

ooh this was lovely more than lovely cant wait to cook again.

kefalonia's picture

Fantastic recipe & so easy too! No more dipping stuffed chicken breasts in egg & then in need now, all far too messy. The crumbs were lovely, golden & crispy & the pine nuts were a great addition.
I've made this loads of times & it's always great!

zoerose's picture

Very easy, tasty, whole family loved it esp 6 yr old, served with lots of veg and mash or salad.

sallylovesfood's picture

Super dish. We all love a bit of sauce, so doubled up on the marscapone and pesto quantities and baked in the dish alongside the chicken. Mopped it up with crusty bread and a green salad. Yum!

lynzi2002uk's picture

Just made this for tea tonight. It was GORGEOUS! Tastiest thing I've made at home. Could eat it again already. Really easy to make too

hayleyentwistle's picture

Absolutely delicious and easy to make.

sjaanie's picture

absolutely gorgeous and great for a simple mid-week meal. my boyfriend and i loved it! its definitely going to become a favourite in our house :)

mollym's picture

Made this and had home made pesto left over. Put it in a jar and covered with a little olive oil. Kept in the fridge for 2 weeks and tasted just as good. Next time I will double the pesto. Someone mentioned the recipe a little messy. I felt the same although I hope I have resolved the problem as it was the pesto that was the messy bit.

emmalj72's picture

I did this for a dinner for 8 and it went down a storm - everyone thinks I'm an amazing cook now! Followed the recipe exactly except it needed a bit longer in the oven, it didn't brown like I expected. Even with the longer cooking, the chicken was still really tender. I'd fully recommend this recipe and am doing it again this weekend for our next dinner guests!

marian72's picture

I substituted shop bought pesto as short on time. It was very tasty. Definitely a winner.

rachaeljane's picture

I'm always looking for recipes I can adapt for my rugby club.
I cook meals for 60-160.Each time the boys play a match they get a meal. Im going to definitely try this one and see how it works out.

cocovanilla's picture

Had high expectations, but thought it was a little bland. The breadcrumbs only turned soggy. But I loved the idea and the concept, might make it again and do some changes.

ewanwallace1's picture

Used shop bought pesto, very easy to make and very delicious. A real crowd pleaser and will definitely make it again

wingedmarsupial's picture

Really easy recipe, everyone really enjoyed it, i would definitely make this again!


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