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

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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sarahguise's picture
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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
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Truly scrumptious - would have this again, and again!

middle_pin2's picture
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Made this exactly as described and it was delicious. I didn't find it particularly messy either. Will definitely make again.

catherinedoherty's picture
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Very very nice..I use Ricotta cheese instead of mascarpone

samcat17's picture
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a great recipe very easy to make and quick yum yum

nancypatrickstephan's picture
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tasty!

thommich's picture
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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
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Sorry - forgot to give this my star rating.

pgrant52's picture
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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
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WOW!!! Very quick, easy & tasty!

rkvizor's picture
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Lovely recipe! I made this for six people for dinner and it was lovely. I had quite a lot of mixture left over - I multiplied the filling by 1.5 but there was still about a third of it left. Still, it tasted wonderful and I would definitely make it again.

leeanne533's picture
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I never usually rate recipes but I just have to on this one, truely amazing recipe, it is now a firm favourite with my family and we have it on a regular basis!!
Would highly recomend, it's like an explosion of flavours with every mouthfull.
Also, I now use chedder as filling as I am unable to eat mascapone, and it still woks wonderfully.

topkok's picture
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Easy recipe and tastes great!!
Marian

katevb's picture
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This is such an awesome recipe! I made it for my Mums birthday and used sundried tomato pesto instead of basil pesto which was delicious. Cant wait to make it again!

vfirth's picture

I love this recipe. I also used shop bought pesto to speed things up, and I used Philadelphia Light rather than Mascarpone for a bit less fat. Served with new potatoes and asparagus tips. Perfect meal to cook for friends.

hannahhodges's picture
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I made this for 2 people and used the left-over mascarpone cheese to make "Lesley Waters nectarine & strawberry pots". I also used bought pesto, but it was still delicious. A good week-day meal.

sandra2008's picture

Wasnt convinced at first but this was fantastic. Will definatly become one of my regular meals

abbiefh's picture
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I did this for a dinner party and it was perfect, it was so easy to do and looked amazing. everyone said how nice it was. i served it with asparagus and new potatoes also. So easy you could do it as a weekday meal.

kerryburnett's picture
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Really tasty. Served it with roasted veg and potatoes. Will defintely have it again. Very simple but a big hit.

janbomyers's picture
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Made with homemade rocket pesto and ricotta and was delicious.

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