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

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    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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25th Jul, 2011
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.
19th Jul, 2011
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!] :-)
13th Jul, 2011
delicious! made this for friends and the kiddies and it was a big hit all round! will definately make again :)
8th Jul, 2011
Absolutely delicious. Extremely easy to make and well received! Didn't have pine nuts but the other flavours were sufficient. Served with potatoes and broccoli.
10th Jun, 2011
Absolutely delicious! Served it with steamed cabbage, green beans and the Rosemary Roast potato recipe on here and it was lovely. I don't normally like tomatoes but I gave them a go and they brought a nice sweetness to the dish. We finished and everyone wanted more, will definitely be seen on my table again and again!
31st May, 2011
I have made this recipe loads of times and its always lovely, usually serve it with Spanish Potatoes also from the GF site absolutely gorgeous together, even my 16 year old step son loves it.
15th May, 2011
An excellent recipe. I substituted fresh, shop-bought pesto with great results.
15th May, 2011
Swapped the mascarpone for galric and herb phily and forgot the basil but is was still delicious
12th May, 2011
this recipe has become a firm family favourite...we all love it!! :)
9th May, 2011
A bit messy to make, but worth it. Family favourite.


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