Spring chicken in a pot

Spring chicken in a pot

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 45 mins


Serves 4
Casseroles aren't just for winter - this light, vibrant one-pot is packed with spring veg and herby pesto

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal339
  • fat10g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs27g
  • sugars12g
  • fibre8g
  • protein36g
  • salt0.5g
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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…

  • 1 onion, chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 500g boneless, skinless chicken thigh
  • 300g small new potato
    New potatoes

    New potatoes

    n-ew po-tate-oes

    New potatoes have thin, wispy skins and a crisp, waxy texture. They are young potatoes and…

  • 425ml low-salt vegetable stock (such as Kallo low-salt vegetable stock cubes)
  • 350g broccoli, cut into small florets



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

  • 350g spring green, shredded
    Spring greens

    Spring greens

    sp-ring gr-eens

    Spring greens are the first cabbages of the year. They have fresh, loose heads without the hard…

  • 140g petits pois
  • bunch spring onion, sliced
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • 2 tbsp pesto



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



  1. Heat the oil in a large, heavy pan. Add the onion, gently fry for 5 mins until softened, add the chicken, then fry until lightly coloured. Add the potatoes, stock and plenty of freshly ground black pepper, then bring to the boil. Cover, then simmer for 30 mins until the potatoes are tender and the chicken is cooked. Can be frozen at this point.

  2. Add the broccoli, spring greens, petit pois and spring onions, stir well, then return to the boil. Cover, then cook for 5 mins more, stir in the pesto and heat through.

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18th Mar, 2014
I used unused chicken bits and pieces and spring veg from the week to make this dish and it was amazing. Extra mushrooms. Even looked half like the picture! Delicious. Will make on many occasions to come.
12th Mar, 2014
Wow! This is super yummy and I would definitely recommend. I used kale instead of spring greens and was generous with the pesto. Will be making this again and again.
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11th Feb, 2014
This has been a long time family favourite, it's tasty, healthy, and incredibly simple to make. Best served on the table in the dish it was cooked in, so that everyone can take their own and mop up the delicious sauce with some tear n share bread. Wonderful.
7th Aug, 2014
Thank you for reviewing the actual recipe and not a completely different recipe as so many contributors have done. It's really helpful to know what the real recipe is like :)
24th Aug, 2014
This recipe is fantastic - I used bananas instead of chicken & samphire & baked beans instead of cabbage I forgot the pesto but nobody seemed to notice. Perhaps it was the gin that I used instead of the stock. Highly recommended
31st Jan, 2014
Very healthy, delicious and easy to make dish!
15th Jan, 2014
I made this for my family. One hates any dark meat on chicken and the other hates vegetables of any kind. Both enjoyed massively and best thing was it felt healthy to eat. Will definitely be putting this on my menu every month.
4th Nov, 2013
Fresh & zingy. Perfect for spring. I use skinless chicken pieces on the bone and add the potatoes a little later, as otherwise they crumble.
23rd Oct, 2013
Lovely and as others have said its really nice to have a casserole dish that isn't tomato based. I use all the ingredients listed however add a little extra stock, a bit more pesto and a couple of leeks and bung it all in the slow cooker on high for min 4 hours. (I chop up the chicken and potatoes to ensure they cook through). Saves me cooking anything first and becomes a really lazy but filling and tasty meal. A dollop of creme fraiche on top once served really enhances the dish even more!
9th Oct, 2013
Very easy to make and to speed up the cooking time, I cut the chicken and potatoes into smaller size. I didn't have any pesto so added chopped basil leaves with the greens and it was still very tasty, although it needed a bit more salt.


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