Spring chicken in a pot

Spring chicken in a pot

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(206 ratings)

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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1st Jul, 2012
Great recipe, very tasty and a great hangover cure!
17th Jun, 2012
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.
12th Jun, 2012
Just made this! I used spinach & leeks along with the other spring greens. I also used chicken stock. I pulled the chicken out half way through and tore it off (as I don't like eating off the bones, plus, makes eating easier) I'll use the bones for a future chicken stock! All in all, this is beautiful and I have lots of meals for my freezer :)
26th May, 2012
Very nice recipe for a summer evening. I added 3 tablespoons of pesto for extra flavour, any more would have been overwhelming I thought. Also transferred to the slow cooker after sealing the chicken. Very east to make.
19th May, 2012
We added a leek along with everything suggested and also topped up on the pesto. Very nice, healthy and filling.
2nd May, 2012
Really good! used frozen green beans instead of broccoli and 1 chicken drumstick as im a poor student! used half jar of pesto and added some lemon juice which i think made the difference. loads of veg left so just had it for lunch as a soup/stew, really yummy will def use again
1st May, 2012
Am going to make this recurring. Great for a tasty healthy weekday meal.
16th Apr, 2012
I made this when we had friends staying and I was really pleased with it, and so were they as they asked for the recipe! I used Tesco Finest chicken stock rather than a stock cube stock, and added n extra tablespoon of pesto, but otherwise did it exactly as per the recipe. Easy and tasty, highly recommended!
15th Apr, 2012
This was great! My boyfriend is allergic to pesto so I didn't add that but put in a generous bunch of basil and mint in for flavour, and added garlic with the onions in the first step. Also put in cornflour at the end to thicken the sauce, and omitted new potatoes so I could serve it with mash to soak it all up. There was loads of extra sauce but I'm looking forward to that as a spring vegetable soup tomorrow!
9th Apr, 2012
This is a great recipe, however i found i had to add a lot more liquid to the dish once all veg has been added.


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