Spring chicken in a pot

Spring chicken in a pot

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(198 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 45 mins

Easy

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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Ingredients

  • 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
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

    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
    Broccoli

    Broccoli

    brok-o-lee

    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

    Pesto

    Pess-toh

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

    The…

Method

  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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julieguest
6th Oct, 2012
3.05
thought it was just ok
cheekygemma
2nd Oct, 2012
4.05
Absolutely delicious, we werent sure what spring greens were, but its October, so we probably werent going to get them anyway. We put a whole lot of extra pesto in, but we are pesto fiends. We used green beans instead of spring greens. Absolutely fantastic, will make this again and again and again :)
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lemon_farmer
5th Sep, 2012
4.05
Good. Added some fresh herbs and spinach/green beans - anything green would work well. Also didn't de-bone the thighs, no need really, much easier afterwards than before.
u16ds8
5th Sep, 2012
5.05
Really easy and healthy dish, i just added, carrots and cauliflower as well, i will be making this dish very soon again!
prgarner
23rd Aug, 2012
3.05
Found this rather bland to be honest. On the plus side, it's a healthy and light dish, but it really lacks something. The chicken and white bean recipe on this site is a far better bet.
charlie2006
19th Aug, 2012
5.05
This is absolutely delicious, definitely making again! We didn't have broccoli or spring greens so used courgettes, cabbage and peas. The left over veg/broth was a lovely soup the next day.
sharmong
19th Aug, 2012
Have made this a number of times for different crowds (from toddlers to dinner party) and its a huge success every time. Bonus is its so easy to make!!
ikatie
6th Aug, 2012
5.05
A big hit in our household, even our 6 year old daughter ate it all up. Felt good to see all those greens on your plate. I used slightly less, 200g of broccoli (as that was the size pack I bought) and only 300g of spring greens as I agree it did seem like a lot! It all shrank down and in mixing it all up the chicken broke to pieces - which wasn't a problem! Also, used chicken stock as no veg stock in the house. Worked out lovely!
xrayjo
1st Jul, 2012
5.05
Great recipe, very tasty and a great hangover cure!
sus_key
17th Jun, 2012
2.05
Not sure why this has 5 stars. I thought it was watery and lacking flavour. Not bad as a basic method, but would definitely try to get more flavour into it, maybe with garlic, white wine and a lot more pesto.

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