Summer-in-winter chicken

Summer-in-winter chicken

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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

    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 (513)

kralph's picture

Tasty recipe with very minimal ingredients.

ashtic's picture

Stumbled across this recipe and so glad I did! Really tasty, used chicken thighs and also added some chilli flakes as recommended (plus a dash of Tabasco). Gave it a nice touch of heat.

thehungrymouse's picture

Quick, easy and totally delicious! Ive made this for guests who love it too, makes a super dinner party meal. five stars all the way!!

heidiwildhirt's picture

This is my boyfriends favourite, I make it all the time! It's so easy and so delicious!

mrsjroberts's picture

So tasty! I made the full amount of sauce for half the chicken (I always like extra sauce!) I found the chicken needed a little longer so will slightly flatten next time.
I added a diced red pepper too as I didn't have enough tomatoes and let cook for a minute before adding the tomatoes. I will absolutely make this again with the pepper too!

clarkeyclarke's picture

I made this again and enjoyed it more than the first time. I added less pesto, 3 cloves of garlic, butter and sundries tomatoes. It was wonderful. Will be a regular dish now.

clarkeyclarke's picture

I made this again and enjoyed it more than the first time. I added less pesto, 3 cloves of garlic, butter and sundries tomatoes. It was wonderful. Will be a regular dish now.

clarkeyclarke's picture

I made this again and enjoyed it more than the first time. I added less pesto, 3 cloves of garlic, butter and sundries tomatoes. It was wonderful. Will be a regular dish now.

michaelacakes's picture

Delicious meal, full of flavour!

justina87's picture

Yummy dish, I made mine with extra thick cream instead of creme fraiche, added some garlic and fresh chillies for a little extra flavour and served with pasta, tastes fantastic!!!!

sista92's picture

Delicious....quite quick to make and it is very tasty! I put in a dash of paprika and chilli, which I think tastes good combined with the pesto and tomatoes

loubru's picture

Enjoyed this mid-week meal as it is fast, easy and tasty. I didn't put in quite as much pesto as the recipe says as i think it can be quite over-powering.
I stirred in some tagliatelle and broccoli to serve. Lovely.
I like the idea of adding chilli flakes, i will try this next time.

luciekorang's picture

Ok, but tangy for some reason, i used a shop bought organic basil pesto...could not get rid of the tang...didn't even use the 3 tbsp as suggested... Otherwise, very nice..once got past that tangy flavour!

clarkeyclarke's picture

Really easy casual tea. Tastes great with additional sun dried tomatoes.

sjones's picture

Nice. Goes well with anything like couscous/quinoa/spinach etc for a good healthy meal.

carlosfarizini's picture

Easy and delicious. The perfect combo!

vonster60's picture

This recipe was okay. It's simple and quick and therefore a good choice for a quick mid week recipe, but nothing special. There are only a few basic ingredients in this dish so it tasted as you would expect really!

freya99's picture

I usually marinate the chicken breasts in a tablespoon each of pesto and olive oil in a large freezer bag. Then bash the chicken until all one thickness while still in the bag. Gives the chicken a tasty coating when cooked. I always use the full tub of creme fraiche too as my lot like it saucy.

tahrieca's picture

quick, simple and really tasty girls loved it! will defo be making it again

Nancy54321's picture

so tasty. The potato slices go really well with it. Always a favourite in our house. Added bonus it is so easy and quick to cook.


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