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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2nd Jun, 2013
Love this recipe. Hearty, filling and healthy all at the same time - fab. Used all the veg suggested, only thing I did different this time was add an extra tablespoon of pesto. The dish was perfect!
2nd Jun, 2013
Love this recipe. Hearty and healthy at the same time - fab. Used all the veg suggested, but only thing I did different this time was add an extra tablespoon of pesto, which made the dish perfect.
31st May, 2013
Yum .... that is all
22nd May, 2013
Really nice. My only slight criticism would be that the quantities given were perfect for 2 adults, a 1 year old and a 3 year old. If I was making this for 4 adults I'd increase the chicken and potatoes.
21st May, 2013
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18th May, 2013
Wow,although it looked to start bland I am now a fan and it's a firm favourite even for my kids who sulk at greens! 3 times a week I've made this.....time for a break lol,I did add a spoonful of mouse whipped cheese.Love it!!! Thankyou x
16th May, 2013
yet again another amazing recipe! i was bit dubious about making this dish, but gave it a go, added little bit of spinach and green beans as i didn't have any petits pois, added 1 clove of crushed garlic with the onion and also creme fraiche at the end, and it was amazing! so tasty. my other half doesnt like brocolli or spinach but loved it and cleaned his plate :D will definitely make again very soon.
29th Apr, 2013
I love this recipe. Its easy to cook and has a lot of delicious fresh tastes. I find I have to keep topping up with water and If it ends up too watery, I add a little cornflour to thicken it up and it turns into a nice thick sauce. I have used chicken breasts as well as thighs as they are easier to eat. I also use spinach instead of spring greens. I have cooked this a number of times for me and my partner, I have also cooked this for my family and its a real favorite!
26th Apr, 2013
Saved me from the mundane weekly cook!! Love this, you can also add a big dollop of half fat creme fraiche at the end and stir it in which makes it delicious and still healthy. Have made this many times, perfect comfort food. Kids love it.


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