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

jweg1210's picture
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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
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Perfect no fuss mid week meal. Definite thumbs up.

simmyb's picture
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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
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Really yummy! I used extra light philedelphia! Yum, yum, yum!

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

sevlow01's picture
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Everyone loved this dish and it was quick and easy to prepare. I roasted loads more tomatoes around the chicken. I mashed some of them into the pan juices and it made a lovely sauce to dip crusty bread in.

jbramley's picture
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Beaufitul! I also wrapped mine in parma ham before putting on the bread crumbs, delicious! Is also nice with red pesto as well.

kimbelina's picture
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Very tasty but mine didn't look as professional as the picture! My two girls didn't like it at all, think maybe a bit too rich for the younger palate.

jillie100's picture

I am dieting, so used low fat cream cheese; didn't have any pesto so stirred some garlic paste, chopped chives, parsley and lemon thyme into the cheese. Didn't coat the whole chicken breast in breadcrumbs, but put some on top of the chicken in the dish.
I have a glut of cherry tomatoes in the garden this year, and this was a very tasty dish! Will definitely make again.

heather1971's picture

Delicious! Very easy to make too! A winner!

julia-s's picture
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This is an excellent recipe which we serve at our Auerge in France for guests, and always gets a very positive response. easy and eye catching - works just as well with red pesto

dlittlewood's picture
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This is a firm family favourite we have it every month infact we had it tonight with pasta and roasted red peppers delicious!

camrob79's picture
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I've used low fat soft cheese with herbs instead of the mascarpone.....very yummie I must say....for sure would do this again!!!

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