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 recipe 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 (184)

hannahhodges's picture

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

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

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

janbomyers's picture

Made with homemade rocket pesto and ricotta and was delicious.

therobynem's picture

I have made this for family and friends and it was delicious.

ian_lee's picture

A very quick, easy and tasty meal.. Well worth the time to make the pesto, it takes a couple of minutes, and should be tried.

kategiblin's picture

Absolutely gorgeous and really easy to make.

acullen86's picture

I used shop bought, finest pesto but this was still delicious!

nasusneirbo's picture

Absolutely delicious. Used Parma Ham instead of breadcrumbs and threw in a few chopped sun dried toms into the mascarpone mix. We had friends around for dinner on Fri last and it was a huge success.

liezeldutoit's picture

This was nice, but not great. I got nervous that the breadcrumbs would be messy, based on the comments, so I went the parma ham route. It was a bit dry, so next time I will try the breadcrumbs. This sounds nice, so I will try it again just to see

kingussie's picture

This was very easy to make and the whole family loved it. Certainly nice enough for dinner party main course. The roasted tomatoes, to which I added some balsamic vinegar were a fantastic side to it. Will become a regular favourite.

lcbrookes1943's picture

Followed the recipe exactly using the ingredients as described and have been really pleased with the results.Delicious!

lmrault's picture

So simple and quick to make, don't need many ingrediants. This was lovely, made a nice pasta dish with the leftover pesto and mascarpone.

poshpause's picture

Great recipe! Both son and hubby were dubious about idea of "green chicken" (both are green food doubters) but both decreed it was delicious and would have it again. Used shop-bought Pesto and served with buttered Jersey New potatoes, carrots and broccoli. Amazingly, everyone ate every little bit.

I like the idea of adding more mascarpone to the juices to create a sauce - will try that next time!

alisonschofield's picture

Everyone in the family loved this. My 6 year old thinks its the best dinner in the whole world!

clarinda's picture

Very moist chicken, home-made pesto gave it extra taste. Didn't have enough tomatoes so used courgette as well. Really good and cd serve to guests with pleasure.

busej83's picture

This is delicious but so much better with homemade pesto!

lajpink's picture

Beautiful. Restaurant quality food. Will use the pesto for many other things too. Can't wait to try this with salmon.'s picture

Very easy and impressive too ! Substituted with hung yoghurt and chopped sundried tomatoes and black olives coz i didnt have the pesto ! Twas good !


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