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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9th Apr, 2012
Served this for a dinner party ~ it looked a mess so I was really embarrassed but everyone loved it. What it lacked in appearance it certainly made up for in taste. They ate the lot! As with previous postings I upped the pesto and cooked the broccoli separately.
2nd Apr, 2012
This dish is absolutely delicious, its so easy to do that I've made it time and time again and it never fails to turn out perfectly!
28th Mar, 2012
This was gorgeous. I also tried this recipe without the chicken and added fresh tortellini to the soup at the end. That was nice to. it's a bit similar to Italian brodo.
15th Mar, 2012
Perhaps assisted by using home made River cottage veg stock and pesto but that was blooming delicious!! Well done Mary! Again!
17th Feb, 2012
I loved this recipe! Like other people commented I swapped the onion for leek and spring greens for spinach. I converted this recipe to serve 6 and made it for my family. Instead of cooking it like the method suggested, I put everything in a slow cooker for 6 1/2 hours and added a glass of white wine. I left out the potatoes and served with jacket pots instead. It was delicious and very easy to do!
12th Feb, 2012
Looks and tastes great- super easy to make too! I made my own low fat pesto - even healthier!
12th Feb, 2012
Delicious! Can't fault this.
11th Feb, 2012
Interesting idea for a 'healthy' meal. Although I've come to find that saturated fat is actually HEART HEALTHY! Can you believe it? Read this: http://www.thenourishingroad.co.uk/2012/01/more-fat-yes-please.html
9th Feb, 2012
This is a super healthy and delicious recipe that has become a weekly favourite in our house. My husband can't stand peas so we substitute those for leeks and its a total winner. I always double the quantities and add extra stock as otherwise there's just not enough!
6th Feb, 2012
Really tasty and very easy, I thought the greens looked too much before putting into the pot but it worked very well. I used part white cabbage, part savoy plus the broccoli and peas and it had a nice texture and colour.


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