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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therobynem's picture
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I have made this for family and friends and it was delicious.

ian_lee's picture
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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
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Absolutely gorgeous and really easy to make.

acullen86's picture

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

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

clarinda's picture
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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
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This is delicious but so much better with homemade pesto!

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

anitaalaganan'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 !

1303sd's picture
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my daughter made this first from your good food book, which I also have posted to me every month then my husband wanted me to make it for him.
It was a real tasty dish very easy to make , also you eat it with your eyes as it was so colourful

tanyah's picture
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So easy to make, and can be made in advance - perfect for entertaining. Looks great, tastes great. I have used a variety of breadcrumbs but I actually prefer waitrose own 'cooks ingredients' breadcrumbs to fresh. Gives it more of a crunch and looks better. Always got to have the tomatoes too as it really does cut through the creaminess.

molsmeals's picture

Made this exactly as stated and loved it. It looks beautiful when completed and was a pleasure to make and delicious to eat.

naomibuckley's picture

I've made this several times, using mascarpone or substituting with phillie and it never disappoints. I've also substituted the chicken with salmon and would highly recommend it for a wonderful melt in your mouth alternative.

bizzeelizzee's picture
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just had this dish now and was really tasty - as expected! went down very well with french beans and roast potatoes, also nice and saucy with the mascarpone and pesto. my fourth recipe from this website and still very happy!

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