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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4th Oct, 2013
This is so easy to make and so surprisingly tasty as such a simple list of ingredients. I added a leak at the same time as the onion and then added kale, broccoli and peas for the veg. Some nice crusty bread goes down a treat as well. Highly recommended dish.
18th Sep, 2013
This has become a favourite! Really tasty and so nice not being a tomato based casserole! Don't worry if you don't like or don't have pesto, one time I forgot to put it in but it was still gorgeous! I've varied the veg too dependent on what I had in store/could get and it works well. :)
8th Sep, 2013
Made this as it seemed tasty and healthy. Very good although it didn't look to be at the beginning. I added some carrots and I also used runner beans, peas and asparagus. Instead if shop bought pesto I made my own, adding half a chilli which worked really well. Served with homemade garlic bread! Yum
18th Jul, 2013
This was so simple to make that I thought I had done something wrong. Both my partner and daughter love this dish. He never liked broccoli but has no problem with it here.
18th Jul, 2013
After it had finished cooking and was ready to serve I was thinking it wouldn't be very good because it didn't look great, but it was so tasty and much more filling than I thought it would be. Even my veg hating boyfriend finished his portion! A great dish to get your greens in!
6th Jul, 2013
Tried this but the pesto had gone mouldy so didn't have that mixed in. I'm not a veggie person an it looked unappetising but I really enjoyed it and after a bowl I was full.
25th Jun, 2013
Quick, easy and very tasty indeed! Added carrots and some garlic -- yum yum! Also froze the whole lot after adding green vege. Might be a bit mushy but I'm sure it'll be fine as there was plenty of juice.
10th Jun, 2013
We had this yesterday and it was delicious! So easy and tasty and the pesto adds something really special. Can't wait to have friends over to make it again - a great summer one pot.
6th Jun, 2013
Gorgeous recipe - used asparagus and leeks to bulk it out a bit. Absolutely lovely. Served with soured cream on the side and would probably serve with ciabatta or soda bread next time to mop up the juices :)
5th Jun, 2013
Nice tasting and healthy but the spring greens - even when shredded - added too much bulk and made for very messy eating. Next time I'd be inclined to use leeks instead, as others have suggested.


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