Chicken rarebits

Prep: 10 mins Takes 30-40 minutes


Serves 4
Just five ingredients make up this simple, sophisticated chicken dish

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal316
  • fat15g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs2g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre1g
  • protein44g
  • salt1.09g
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  • 4 skinless boneless chicken breast fillet
  • 140g cheddar, coarsely grated



    Once cheddar was 'Cheddar', a large, hard-pressed barrel of cheese made by a particular…

  • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard (rounded)
  • 3 tbsp milk (preferably full-fat)



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 150g pkt cherry tomato, preferably on the vine
  • broccoli and new potatoes to serve



    Like cabbage and cauliflower, broccoli is a brassica and is sometimes known by its Italian name…


  1. Prepare the chicken. Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6/fan 180C. Slice the breasts in half through the middle so you have two thinner pieces (so they will cook quicker). Lightly oil a shallow baking dish, one that is big enough for the chicken to fit easily in a single layer. Lay the chicken in the dish. Mix the Easy cheese, mustard and milk in a little bowl, then pile the mixture on top of each piece of chicken. There’s no need to smooth it out.

  2. Put it in the oven. Throw the tomatoes, still on the vine, all round the chicken, then cook for 20-30 minutes until the chicken is golden and the tomatoes squashy.

  3. Serve it up. Serve with broccoli and new potatoes. Suggest to everyone that they squash the tomatoes on their plates to blend into the cheesy sauce.

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Comments (46)

sassles's picture

I really didn't like this, even though I do like all the ingredients separately. Chicken and cheese together? Not for me.

sfsack's picture

Made this evening, went down very well (i love using this website to find new recipes). Family loved it, I would add more cheese sauce mix next time as it dried out quite quickly, cooked diced potatoes with it as suggested by cldaniels which was great too, only added toms in for the last ten mins! Have been told I can make again Yay!

ChilledMatt's picture

Went down very well with the whole family, despite them saying they didn't like the sound of it first. I think it is destined to become a regular dish for us.

jen83's picture

My Husband loved this! So simple and easy to make. Not the healthiest recipe though, the amount of cheese is huge but worth the calories!

wilow_398's picture

So easy and tastes great.

arnie_pipe's picture

Really quick and easy, yet so tasty and it looks impressive too! Great served with the part-baked bread rolls you can buy in the supermarket as they require the same oven temperature. The only alteration I made was to add the tomatoes for the last ten minutes only - they were very squashy after this time so I imagine they would disintegrate if cooked for the full 20 minutes +

dorothyr's picture

I just love this dish. So so easy and lovely. I too added some leftover stilton and it was delicious.

cakeanyone's picture

I've since made this with fish and it works really well. Placed cooked sliced potatoes and the bottom of a baking dish, covered with buttery cooked leeks and broccoli and then the fish. Yum!

gemma99's picture

Really like this recipe! cutting the breast in half makes it much more tender and juicy! sometimes whole breasts do get a bit dry in the middle. Added a little crème fraiche to make it a bit more 'saucy'
Tasty and yet so easy!!!!! Big thumbs up from us!

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forgot to rate!

gemma99's picture

REALLY easy & very tasty. I added a bit of crème fraiche too just to make it a bit 'saucier'. Cutting the chicken in half makes a big difference in my opinion, sometimes whole chicken breasts can become a bit dry, I will definitely cut in half more often. Much more tender.
Even my fussy hubby said it was nice! thumbs up from us!

cakeanyone's picture

So simple and yet so tasty! I had some leftover Stilton so made the sauce with half Stilton, half cheddar. Served with roasted potatoes and sweet potatoes with streaky bacon draped over the top of them. Whole family loved this recipe.

foodieforever's picture

We really love this dish, it's so simple to make but looks fabulous when served. We had the suggested vegetables with it and they really worked.

You won't be dissapointed!

andrea-robson's picture

absolutely lovely and so easy! served with rotated new potatoes with shallots and a green vegetable medley. everyone loved it and will be one of our favourites from now on.

cldaniels's picture

Made as per recipe and it was really good. Second time used reduced fat cathedral city cheddar and just as good. Nice with diced pototoes boiled for 8 mins then drained and tossed in garlic butter and roasted for about 30 mins at 180 degrees.

willgrstevens's picture

Excellent recipe despite the silly name - simple, but punches above its weight. Also very good made with slices of turkey breast. It's best if you add the tomatoes only for the last 10 minutes of cooking.

katycooks's picture

Surely the easiest cheese and mustard "sauce" ever? A very simple and quick dish that was really tasty (though I used more mustard than the recipe stated as I love it).

cocoinlondon's picture

Cheap, easy, quick, tasty, nutritious, low in fat. What more can you ask for in one dish?!

fairypetal's picture

Have to say I love this dish...have made it many times. Serve with potatoes and brocolli for the children, and garlicky fondant potatoes(another recipe from here) , with pan fried green beans with chilli and parmesan for a dinner party!!!! Really tasty meal....

missjasmine's picture

This is my husbands favourite meal, I also put a few baby potatoes cut in half in with the chicken and tomatoes. I also use Cathedral City lighter cheese, tastes just as yummy and less fat. We have it every week :-)


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