Summer-in-winter chicken

Summer-in-winter chicken

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(511 ratings)

Ready in 25 mins


Serves 4

Pining for summer? This simply seasoned chicken fried with beautiful, ripe, cherry tomatoes in a creamy sauce is guaranteed to hit the spot. Add a dollop of pesto for an extra layer of nutty flavours

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal262
  • fat12g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs2g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre1g
  • protein37g
  • salt0.37g
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  • 1 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…

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 200g pack cherry tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp pesto



    Pesto is a generic Italian name for any sauce made by pounding ingredients together.


  • 3 tbsp crème fraîche (half fat is fine)
  • fresh basil, if you have it



    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…


  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan, preferably non-stick. Add the chicken and fry without moving it until it takes on a bit of colour. Turn the chicken and cook on the other side. Continue cooking for 12-15 mins until the chicken is cooked through. Season all over with a little salt and pepper.

  2. Halve the tomatoes and throw them into the pan, stirring them around for a couple of minutes until they start to soften. Reduce the heat and stir in the pesto and crème fraîche until it makes a sauce. Scatter with a few basil leaves if you have them, then serve with rice and salad or mash and broccoli.

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Comments (517)

emmawelsh's picture

We found this recipe really quick and easy, and not too many ingredients which is a bonus. It was very tasty, with much more flavour than I expected (definitley think you'd have to make the sauce in the same pan as you'd cook the chicken for the flavour - rather than grilling or cooking separately and making sauce separately as some people have suggested). We will definitely make this again.

cherylann1's picture

Delicious, Made this for a friend, it is a definate keeper, I added a handful of chashew nuts for a bit of crunch!!

gem090383's picture

This was extremely tasty and so easy to make, I added extra creme fraiche and one more tablespoon of pesto just to make it more saucy but totally loved it!

Deb61uk's picture

A very tasty and very easy recipe. Will make it again.

missdunbar's picture

I made this last Saturday night and was surprised at just how nice it was. I added mushrooms and some chicken stock to give it a more meaty flavour but I'm certain that wasn't necessary. I will definitely be making this again.

poxby-smith's picture

Love this quick and delicious recipe - have added extra veggies such as spinich and diced courgette both work really well. A hit with the family....

bethocallaghan's picture

Really easy and very nice - I served it with sweet potato and carrot mash which offset the pesto really well.

zunchkins's picture

Loved this receipe. So quick and easy. Added chilli and some peppers and served with rice. Perfect for lazy mid-week dinner. Will def make again and again!

leaeden's picture

I cooked this for party of six, It was a hit...very easy and meant that you were not away from your guests all evening.I will do this again many times!

lostkat's picture

Good, honest, simple comfort food. Yum!!

philblowe123's picture

Errm hiya!! I tried this out last night (Valentines) and it was lovely, added some vegetables, And some warm crusty bread and it was delicious. I may have put a little too much pesto in which may be why it had a kick to it but yea, nice.

burgess3282's picture

Average & tasty - just not that exciting

lynnbradhall's picture

A firm family favourite and I have lost count as to how many people have asked for the recipe!

1458jacki's picture

This was easy to make and really tasty!

carrie's picture

I love this dish, and I know it says low fat but i've tried it with full fat creme fraiche and single cream which is just lovely - I would say the family loves it but they hardly get a looking!!!! Love it, and sooooooooo easy to do... try it!

mummyparr's picture

Yummy! made this several times when friends are around for dinner and always goes down well.

greenemma's picture

I made this at the weekend for some friends and it went down very well. I also cut the chicken breasts into strips to make them cook faster.

bundubill's picture

I tried the recipe and enjoyed it but the sauce was a deep tomatoe colour unlike the creamy coloured sauce in your illustration. Maybe the pseto I used

siobhanm's picture

Quick, easy, delicious. If you're in a hurry use 'quick cook' chicken (breastssliced very thin) and takes 1/2 the time!

kirstyl's picture

i love this recipe though i prefered it when made with pesto from the fridge not from a jar.


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