Creamy pesto chicken with roasted tomatoes

Creamy pesto chicken with roasted tomatoes

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(188 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 25 mins

Easy

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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Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 tbsp Homemade pesto (see the recipe in tip section below)
    Pesto

    Pesto

    Pess-toh

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

    The…

  • 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
    Tomato

    Tomato

    toe-mart-oh

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

  • handful pine nuts
  • handful basil leaves

Method

  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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vickiloulou
18th Aug, 2011
5.05
Made this for friends and all loved it. Used the remaining juices from the pan to pour over the salad potatoes. Delicious. Definitely cook it again. Homemade pesto tastes amazing.
healthycook
16th Aug, 2011
5.05
Forgot to mention that I found it a little dry so I added more pesto which I made into a sauce with a little wine so that it would dribble over the chicken once served.
healthycook
16th Aug, 2011
5.05
This was a huge success when I served it at a supper party, not only did it taste delicious, it was easy and quick to prepare and looked nice in the dish with the vine tomatoes. I used an egg to baste the chicken instead of oil and the breadcrumbs adhered better. Fab dish thanks.
bumblepest
13th Aug, 2011
4.05
Served this to friends and family - all plates cleared with enthusiasm. Easy to do and a great summer dish to make the most of basil.
mikey1972
10th Aug, 2011
easy and tasty i whizzed ciabatta and pitta in the food processor (had them in the cupboard) for my breadcrumb topping and was very nice
miffycat
9th Aug, 2011
4.05
Made this Saturday for guests. Went down very well. Used shop bought pesto which worked well. Cooked for a little longer as chicken breasts were quite large. Added the tomatoes for the last 15 minutes or so. Served with courgettes and roasted new potatoes. Only given 4 stars because it wasn't quite a good as I had hoped. Still fab and I will do it again very soon!
jocelynclarke100
25th Jul, 2011
5.05
Very easy, I didn't have a food processor so i used jared pesto adding a bit of chopped basil and pine nuts and it worked well. I also steamed a few veg for a side.
jocelynclarke100
25th Jul, 2011
5.05
Very easy, I didn't have a food processor so i used jared pesto adding a bit of chopped basil and pine nuts and it worked well. I also steamed a few veg for a side.
jocelynclarke100
25th Jul, 2011
5.05
Very easy, I didn't have a food processor so i used jared pesto adding a bit of chopped basil and pine nuts and it worked well. I also steamed a few veg for a side.
bluemooncooka
19th Jul, 2011
4.05
Hey! If I can do this one and get compliments on the dish......this IS a simple, quick but very tasty serving! I took Mandy's (Apr 2009) tweak re mascarpone & pesto and my daughter was impressed with the results [had expected Dad to bottle it and get a takeaway when I had to cater for her when wife was away!] :-)

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