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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ghensler's picture
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wonderful receipe a firm favourite on our house, have made it a couple of times, it worked perfectly. Next time going to add a bit more sauce, had it with jersey royals, carrots and french beans, almost looked too good to eat!!

phyllippa's picture
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Loved this recipe, easy and tasty! Always looking for recipes which are perfect for having people round or family dinner and with a little one really useful as it's easy to make in advance.

pingin's picture
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So easy to make and so tasty! Our small daughter loved the pesto. This is one that will be repeated often in our house. I didn't bother with the roasted pine nuts at the end and torn-up basil leaves but if we do it for guests, we will add them.

sambatchelor's picture
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Really nice recipe, quick and easy. Will reduce the amount or change the mascarpone to low at phili next time though as felt the amount used diluted the fab taste of the pesto. Served with Jersey Royals, yum!

rusticfood's picture

Lovely receipe, the homemade pesto was so much better than buying it, just made it for a midweek dinner but will now definitely use it for a dinner party. Served it with new potatoes and asparagus.

tamaramann's picture

Great recipe and really easy. I chopped some dried tomatoes into the creamy pesto mixture and used half fat creme fraiche instead of mascarpone. Abslolutely delicious! As home made pesto freezes so well, I used some that I had made and frozen at the end of last summer. This made the recipe even quicker to make.

lucycordell's picture
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Really tasty, I wrapped the chicken in parma ham instead of using breadcrumbs and also the tomatoes don't need 20mins as there wasn't much left of them after that!!

heatski's picture

Really delicious and very simple to make - even on a school night :) I used shop bought pesto also. The breadcrumbs I used were from bread that I actually made (well from my bread machine-does that count?) I will definitely make this recipe time and time again!

kg1982's picture
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Really delicious and so simple to make! Great mid week meal.... used philadelphia cheese and shop bought pesto instead of the mascarpone as well.

wippypippy's picture

I have made this twice now and it is very messy- so instead of doing the breadcrumbs I wrapped it in thin smoked back bacon
I have done it for 2 dinner parties and it has gone down extremely well
I cooked the tomatoes(adding some balsamic glaze to them) separately to the chicken and after taking the chicken out of the dish added more marscapone to the juices and spooned this over as a sauce
It is delicious and a firm favourite

shelagh1954's picture
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Cooked this last night. I found the preparation of the chicken a bit messy (but perhaps this is me!) - but the end result was tasty. Will do again as it was an easy midweek meal and everyone enjoyed it.

zuzihut's picture

My mother in law made this chicken for us. It is the best chicken I have ever eaten! Amazingly tasty, delicious and easy to do! I am definitely making it again!!

topkok's picture
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Best spring meal I found in years!! All that shared the meal agreed with me!

dory61's picture
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Very tasty, and extremely effortless to do.

prentongirl's picture
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Easy midweek meal in which I used my own Pesto recipe.

gingerchick2's picture
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Made this over Easter on a few days off, when I decided we were only going to eat fantastic dinners & this did not disappoint. Was only cooking for 2 but made same amount of filling so used extra over cokked mushrooms & green beans-all delciously melty & squidgy served along with roasted new potatoes. In the file to make again when guests come.

Frantic Flapjack's picture
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Easy to put together - a good midweek meal.

mandyrosey's picture
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This was really tasty & easy. I used shop bought pesto and substituted reduced fat cream cheese for the mascarpone.

saucydevil's picture
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Tastes better every time - the tomatoes really are something on this dish. Always smiles when I cook this plus its really easy

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