Chicken rarebits

Chicken rarebits

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(33 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Takes 30-40 minutes


Serves 4
Just five ingredients make up this simple, sophisticated chicken dish

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal316
  • fat15g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs2g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre1g
  • protein44g
  • salt1.09g
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  • 4 skinless boneless chicken breast fillets
  • 140g cheddar, coarsely grated



    Once cheddar was 'Cheddar', a large, hard-pressed barrel of cheese made by a particular…

  • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard (rounded)
  • 3 tbsp milk (preferably full-fat)



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 150g pkt cherry tomato, preferably on the vine
  • broccoli and new potatoes to serve



    Like cabbage and cauliflower, broccoli is a brassica and is sometimes known by its Italian name…


  1. Prepare the chicken. Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6/fan 180C. Slice the breasts in half through the middle so you have two thinner pieces (so they will cook quicker). Lightly oil a shallow baking dish, one that is big enough for the chicken to fit easily in a single layer. Lay the chicken in the dish. Mix the Easy cheese, mustard and milk in a little bowl, then pile the mixture on top of each piece of chicken. There’s no need to smooth it out.

  2. Put it in the oven. Throw the tomatoes, still on the vine, all round the chicken, then cook for 20-30 minutes until the chicken is golden and the tomatoes squashy.

  3. Serve it up. Serve with broccoli and new potatoes. Suggest to everyone that they squash the tomatoes on their plates to blend into the cheesy sauce.

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17th Oct, 2013
REALLY easy & very tasty. I added a bit of crème fraiche too just to make it a bit 'saucier'. Cutting the chicken in half makes a big difference in my opinion, sometimes whole chicken breasts can become a bit dry, I will definitely cut in half more often. Much more tender. Even my fussy hubby said it was nice! thumbs up from us!
30th Sep, 2013
So simple and yet so tasty! I had some leftover Stilton so made the sauce with half Stilton, half cheddar. Served with roasted potatoes and sweet potatoes with streaky bacon draped over the top of them. Whole family loved this recipe.
26th Apr, 2013
We really love this dish, it's so simple to make but looks fabulous when served. We had the suggested vegetables with it and they really worked. You won't be dissapointed!
3rd Feb, 2013
absolutely lovely and so easy! served with rotated new potatoes with shallots and a green vegetable medley. everyone loved it and will be one of our favourites from now on.
30th Sep, 2012
Made as per recipe and it was really good. Second time used reduced fat cathedral city cheddar and just as good. Nice with diced pototoes boiled for 8 mins then drained and tossed in garlic butter and roasted for about 30 mins at 180 degrees.
27th Sep, 2012
Excellent recipe despite the silly name - simple, but punches above its weight. Also very good made with slices of turkey breast. It's best if you add the tomatoes only for the last 10 minutes of cooking.
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5th Aug, 2012
Surely the easiest cheese and mustard "sauce" ever? A very simple and quick dish that was really tasty (though I used more mustard than the recipe stated as I love it).
4th Jun, 2012
Cheap, easy, quick, tasty, nutritious, low in fat. What more can you ask for in one dish?!
20th Feb, 2012
Have to say I love this dish...have made it many times. Serve with potatoes and brocolli for the children, and garlicky fondant potatoes(another recipe from here) , with pan fried green beans with chilli and parmesan for a dinner party!!!! Really tasty meal....
29th Nov, 2011
This is my husbands favourite meal, I also put a few baby potatoes cut in half in with the chicken and tomatoes. I also use Cathedral City lighter cheese, tastes just as yummy and less fat. We have it every week :-)


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