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

    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 (189)

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!

monenna's picture

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

junglefrog's picture

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

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

shuchi's picture

absolutely delicious. we used cream cheese instead of marscapone with little difference in taste, but less fat. yum!

jweg1210's picture

Given the ingredients this had to be good.... I cheated and used Sacla Pesto (which I love), and went lower fat with light Philly instead of marscapone.
I did put in the pine nuts and the basil leaves. I don't think the nuts added anything except additional calories as their taste was lost. Agree with previous comments that the tomatoes need less cooking time than the chicken.
Served with herby new potatoes wrapped in streaky bacon, and runner beans from my dad's garden.

clarice66's picture

Perfect no fuss mid week meal. Definite thumbs up.

simmyb's picture

Very tasty dish and so simple to make. If you can spare a few mins and make your own pesto it's even better but if not it's still lovely. Great summer dish and not to heavy, usually serve with roast new potatoes or a nice chunk of crusty bread. Delicious!

melaniejb1's picture

Really yummy! I used extra light philedelphia! Yum, yum, yum!

nicky_c's picture

Served this with some crushed roasted new potatoes and peas. Really tasty! Even my hubby - who's not too keen on pesto - enjoyed it. Just used shop bought pesto though.

nataliebest's picture

This is a delicious dish,even the kids like it ! Had nice textures and the creaminess was the wonderful, good all round dish.

petitreve15's picture

Fab recipe! I've made this several times now, deliously easy for entertaining - jsut add new potatoes and voila!

burger1981's picture

made this recipe for the girlfriend and to please her it must have been good 10 out of 10

juliettes's picture

I don't often get a 'very good' from my husband so this recipe definitely gets 5 stars. It was nice and easy, and quick to prepare using shop-bought pesto. Be generous with the filling, I think next time I'll make 2 slits in each breast. I didn't use the pine nuts and basil at the end, and cooked the tomatoes in a separate pan for slightly less time as per other people's suggestions. Delicious!

wendla's picture

Ablsolutely fabulous recipe! Tastes gorgeous, and is so easy to make. Made it over and over again (with shop bought pesto, its much more conforable for me) and everyone was delighted with it! Oh... almost forgot... one extra point for the fancy look of this meal. ;)

karakavanagh's picture

i replaced the pesto and marscapone with light basil philly-really impressed and the tomatoes were lush


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