Summer-in-winter chicken

Summer-in-winter chicken

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(514 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 (518)

blackbird17's picture

Full of flavour and very easy

eleanor73's picture

Just made this and it was lovely! Creamy pesto but nice and light as well. We had it with crispy potatoes and a green salad.

karenbristow's picture

Try this with smoked haddock instead of chicken (or plain if you prefer) Add sliced onion to the pan with the fish then add juice of half a lemon with the creme fraiche. Sprinkle with cheese and grill for a few mins before serving. Just add crusty bread to mop up the juices.

Zefer's picture

easy and impressive, so quick to put together, easy standby that tastes like you made a lot of effort

bobbear's picture

Superb - we had for our Christmas dinner this year and it was a real hit with the kids! Easy to prepare and make and left us with loads of time for playing with the new toys! Enjoyed so much in-fact we are making it again for our friends on Friday.

stkate's picture

A great mid-week meal that is quick and easy and tastes really good, not to mention its healthy!!

vripley1985's picture

Easy, fast and very tasty! Great for me as both me and my husband work and don't have much time after work with a 17 month old to look after too! (She loves it too!)

cuteberry's picture

Yummi! My husband loved it! Will make it again!

rudomav's picture

absolutely loved it. hubby gave it a 9 out of 10. will definitely be making this again.

lisansmudge's picture

I did not enjoy this recipe :( it was the 1st time i've had pesto. May try another recipe with pesto though! My parents enjoyed it though, I served it with new potatoes and broccoli.

louisesco's picture

Made this for my Husband our 7 yr old and myself and we all loved it. Definitely making again. So simple, cheap and so few ingredients too. Made with mash and grilled mushrooms.

snavenasus's picture

Did this last night and all 3 of us gave it the thumbs up. Had a jar of red pepper pesto in the cupboard so used that....lovely.

andycrofts's picture

Is the Government going to ban this recepe?
Usually, they ban anything pleasurable, but ...
Er, erm ah, (etc)
This works.

mole01b's picture

I didn't really like this. I found the creme fraiche and tomatoes both quite sharp. I think it would work really well with mushrooms instead of the tomatoes and cream instead of the creme fraiche. I use soya cream which keeps in the cupboard for ages and tastes exactly the same as fresh cream in recipes but with a lot less fat.

lynnemcdonald's picture

I must admit I was slightly sceptical about such a simple sauce, but the ratings were so high that I wanted to try this dish out.

I was blown away by how good it was. I used red pesto and chopped the chicken, and I also added mushrooms and garlic, and I will definitely be cooking this time and time again.

It tasted quite like some of the dishes thagt I have had in Zizzi's restaurants, so I am guessing that many of their sauces are creme fraiche and red pesto based.

pinkfluffychic's picture

Cooked for the first time this evening and it was absolutely delicious. I didn't use as much pesto as the recipe stated, but it was still full of flavour.
Next time I might do chicken strips and serve it as a sauce over tagliatelle.

kitbit151's picture

This is one of those quick and easy to make but totally delicious recipes where you don't need a huge list of ingredients. I use a home made pesto which has no cheese in it and I add a little parmesan to taste. Always a great success.

jacquil's picture

Excellent. Really tasty sauce. Would probably cut chicken into pieces next time tho, and add tomatoes before chicken quite cooked. Was enjoyed by all this evening.

lydiapaiva's picture

Fantastic! So simple and yet delicious. Great with chilli pesto.


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