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

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  • 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)

sevlow01's picture

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

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

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

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

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

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

mmgrdivechick's picture

This will become a firm favourite. First time I've made home made pesto, don't think I will be buying store bought again! I am a mushroom freak so added them to the dish with the tomatoes. The garlicky pesto, mushroom & chicken together was lovely. I served with carrots sauted in butter and green peas - what a colourful combination, good enough for any dinner party main meal.

laureana's picture

easy recipe, didnt find it too messy (maybe i spend to much time running aroud cleaning up after my two year old!!), served it with risotto and went down well with everyone even the fussy madame!

sarahguise's picture

Delicious. Made this for a dinner party at the weekend - so easy to make. Had it with roasted new potatos, baby corn, green beans & garlic bread to dip in the sauce... mmmmmmm. Every scrap was eaten - empty plates all round. Would definatley make it again.

49sandy's picture

Truly scrumptious - would have this again, and again!

middle_pin2's picture

Made this exactly as described and it was delicious. I didn't find it particularly messy either. Will definitely make again.

catherinedoherty's picture

Very very nice..I use Ricotta cheese instead of mascarpone

samcat17's picture

a great recipe very easy to make and quick yum yum

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thommich's picture

Delicious! Mine was a bit messier than in the picture, but the end result was thoroughly enjoyed.
I used ready made pesto and omitted the pine nuts (not a favourite of mine!).

pgrant52's picture

Sorry - forgot to give this my star rating.

pgrant52's picture

This is a family favourite in our house. I modify the recipe slightly - use shop bought coriander pesto and for the cheese I use slices of buffalo mozzerella - it never dissapoints.

baltar's picture

WOW!!! Very quick, easy & tasty!


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