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
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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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littlemissysunshine's picture
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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
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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
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ooh this was lovely more than lovely cant wait to cook again.

kefalonia's picture
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Fantastic recipe & so easy too! No more dipping stuffed chicken breasts in egg & then in breadcrumbs....no 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
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Very easy, tasty, whole family loved it esp 6 yr old, served with lots of veg and mash or salad.

sallylovesfood's picture
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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
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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
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Absolutely delicious and easy to make.

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

wingedmarsupial's picture
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Really easy recipe, everyone really enjoyed it, i would definitely make this again!

monenna's picture

Used bought pesto and ordinary cherry tomatoes, this was gorgeous!!!!

junglefrog's picture
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Extremely tasty and easy to put together. Since you can prepare in advance it would also be perfect for when entertaining friends. This is definitely going to be made many more times!

lizziechristmas's picture
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very nice creamy dish. My husband really liked it and he isn't a fan of either mascarpone or pesto!

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