Creamy pesto chicken with roasted tomatoes

Creamy pesto chicken with roasted tomatoes

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 4

A fast and filling, all-in-one chicken dish

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal545
  • fat33g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs22g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre1g
  • protein40g
  • salt0.82g
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  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 tbsp Homemade pesto (see the recipe in tip section below)



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


  • 85g mascarpone
  • 4 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…

  • 100g breadcrumb, preferably from day-old bread
  • 175g baby tomatoes, on the vine



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • handful pine nuts
  • handful basil leaves


  1. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Use a small sharp knife to make a slit along the side of each chicken breast to form a pocket. Mix together the pesto and mascarpone, then carefully spoon a quarter of the mixture into each chicken breast and smooth over the opening to seal.

  2. Brush a little oil, about 1 tsp, all over each chicken breast and season well. Tip the breadcrumbs onto a large plate and season. Place each breast on the plate and press all over with the breadcrumbs. Place in a lightly oiled shallow baking dish along with the tomatoes (kept together on the vine in a couple of bunches). Drizzle over the remaining oil.

  3. Cook in the oven for 20-25 mins until the chicken starts to turn golden and is cooked through. Scatter over the pine nuts and cook for 2 mins more. Sprinkle with basil leaves and serve with new potatoes or crusty bread.

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8th Jun, 2012
I love this recipe! I tried it out on my husband for dinner during the week and loved it so much I'm making it for a dinner party tonight. It's so simple and easy to make. I had extra pesto left over which I had with pasta the next day for lunch. Even the pesto recipe is so easily made I will never buy a jar of pesto again.
22nd May, 2012
Just made this tonight and used ready made sundried tomato pesto and light cream cheese. Also used sunflower and pumpkin seeds as had no pinenuts. It turned out perfectly and I will definitely make again as it was very easy and only a few dishes were used so there was not much to clean up.
9th May, 2012
Just took it out of the oven and it smells fantastic! The meat is tender and delicious. Will make it again for my family!
3rd May, 2012
My boyfriends favourite dish! Sometimes as a variation, i mix the marscapone and pesto with a basic white sauce, then top with pine nuts and grated cheese - yummy
18th Apr, 2012
This was so easy to make although i cut down on the basil, as i find it to strong, hubbie and son loved it, so will make again
28th Mar, 2012
really easy and looks impressive considering the short time it takes! will definitely be making it again. used ready made pesto and creme fraiche and turned out great. 25 minutes was perfect timing too.
13th Feb, 2012
really nice and easy to make. Hubby loved it. Would make again.
7th Feb, 2012
Made this tonight. Really quick and delicious. The family loved it. Why would you buy pesto? Homemade is so much better!
2nd Feb, 2012
My daughter declared she was cooking dinner, first time for everything! Picked this for her and to be fair she did very well and served a very edible dish. This was quick and simple to do and very tasty.
22nd Jan, 2012
Really nice. Easy to make, has to b mascarpone for me Philly too sweet. Used shop bought pesto and couldn't find pine nuts at tesco. I put some of the creamy pesto on top of the chicken b4 putting on breadcrumbs. Very tasty and will make again.


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