Summer traybake chicken

Summer traybake chicken

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(14 ratings)

Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4
A great dish for dinner parties and family meals in - quick, easy and very tasty

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  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 250g cherry tomatoes
  • 4 tbsp pesto



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



  1. Put the chicken breasts in a large, shallow roasting tray and drizzle with olive oil. Grill for 10 mins, then add cherry tomatoes and grill for another 5 mins until chicken is cooked. Drizzle pesto over the top and serve.

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Comments (21)

catie74's picture

I prefer chicken thigh. Threw in some black olives and garlic cloves and served with rice and a spinach and rocket salad

carolineij's picture

Do you use chicken breast fillets for this recipe or bone-in chicken breasts?

stephen51's picture

We've just replaced our oven and the last one didn't have a grill. What temperature should the grill be on at? The grill defaulted to 200C when I switched it on, and after 10 mins, the chicken looked like someone had just breathed on it for a while, rather than 2/3's cooked.

Mother hen's picture

A quick and easy supper which all the family enjoyed. I served with roasted vegetables and ciabatta bread.

Woody2585's picture

Really tasty dish, easy too. I added in garlic as suggested and once the chicken was ready and plated up, I added cooked brown rice in with the tomatoes and garlic to soak up the tasty juices - then served all together. Will definitely make this again.

purpleclaire12's picture

Wondering if this would work in the oven? Because I'm in America and we don't have grills here!

sunnyven's picture

Great easy recipe. Tasted lovely. Added garlic and onions as per suggestions. Will definitely do again.

donfol1's picture

saw this online, read the reviews, quite honestly didn't beleive a word, but decided to cook it for lunch, could'nt beleive how something with so little ingredients could taste so fab !
two very usually talkative friends did'nt say a word they just ate !
must admit i did precook in oven and finished off under grill, but i have to say it WAS very very tasty, and all the cleaned dinner plates proved it...
served it with croquet pots, sick to death of new pots crushed or otherwise, and a huge salad, went down a bomb !
this is a lunch / midweek dish tho, would not serve it for a dinner party..
give it a go !!!!

drhshires's picture

Really simple and quick to make but lovely flavours. Impressed the in-laws with this tasty supper! I use baby plum tomatoes with the stalks still on which make it look more rustic and serve with brown rice or cous cous to soak up the juices.

andycrofts's picture

Something so simple could be sooo good! Don't skimp on the tomatoes, I needed a shedload. Possibly because the chicken breasts I bought were huge.
Ohh, Momma!!!
I served with crushed olive new potatoes.
Variation: Used one commentator's suggestion, added garlic:
Those garlic single cloves. Nip the lid off, same for the base. Peel, of course.
Plonk 'em in the pan, and drizzle the olive oil over as the chicken. Same length of time. Like eating candy.
Also, added a large pack of frozen spinach, which as we all know, turns out to be a small pack when cooked.
Can't see how mushrooms would work with this.
(Like Jamie Oliver's idea of roasting beet and carrots with this. It really needs sweet veg).
Q. Anyone tried this with red pesto?

rhianthomas1984's picture

This dish was tasty, cheap and so easy to make. However, I didn’t think it looked particularly filling so I served it with creamy mashed potato which seemed to do the trick.

cloud_surfer's picture

Yes, a very easy recipe to cook and it tastes great. I served it up with crunchy/spicy new potatoes with both Mediterranean and tangy lemon cous cous. Went down a treat......

kimkap's picture

This receipe was delicious - I added button mushrooms and garlic bulbs - one my husband has asked to be done again which is high praise indeed

justinesmith9's picture

we have added peppers,onions and celery to this dish and served it with potato wedges - absolutely delicious has become an established family favorite

monenna's picture

This was great, and sooooooooo easy to make

zoecawley's picture

This dish got rave reviews last night, will be making this again and again ... yum !

wjemma's picture

Nice, easy, midweek recipe. I cooked in the oven and finished under the grill. Served with garlic and rosemary potatoes.

vcrovato's picture

Did this last night and it was my first attempt at cooking only with the grill (I'm a big fan of pans usually). I thought 15mins to cook the chicken would not be enough, but it went all really well and it was so easy - only thing, the chicken didn't turn a nice cripsy brown like in the picture, and I have therefore covered it with pesto to disguise the look! the cherry tomatoes were perfect, fully cooked but not burning hot. Served with creamed spinach and a sliced avocado. Went down a treat!

sweetandsour's picture

It's definately worth a try as it is easy to do and full of flavours.

Lovely72's picture

Quick and tasty recipe, really easy to make although I would say that it is def more mid-week meal rather than for dinner parties. Have done something similar which includes sprinkling some parmesan on top of the pesto and grilling for an extra couple of mins which is also nice.


Questions (1)

carolineij's picture

Does this recipe call for chicken breast FILLETS or bone-in chicken breasts? Also - skin on or off?

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