Summer-in-winter chicken

Summer-in-winter chicken

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(522 ratings)

Ready in 25 mins

Easy

Serves 4

Pining for summer? This simply seasoned chicken fried with beautiful, ripe, cherry tomatoes in a creamy sauce is guaranteed to hit the spot. Add a dollop of pesto for an extra layer of nutty flavours

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal262
  • fat12g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs2g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre1g
  • protein37g
  • salt0.37g
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Ingredients

  • 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…

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 200g pack cherry tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp pesto
    Pesto

    Pesto

    Pess-toh

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

    The…

  • 3 tbsp crème fraîche (half fat is fine)
  • fresh basil, if you have it
    Basil

    Basil

    ba-zil

    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan, preferably non-stick. Add the chicken and fry without moving it until it takes on a bit of colour. Turn the chicken and cook on the other side. Continue cooking for 12-15 mins until the chicken is cooked through. Season all over with a little salt and pepper.

  2. Halve the tomatoes and throw them into the pan, stirring them around for a couple of minutes until they start to soften. Reduce the heat and stir in the pesto and crème fraîche until it makes a sauce. Scatter with a few basil leaves if you have them, then serve with rice and salad or mash and broccoli.

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Dspann
7th Aug, 2016
Cooked this for dinner and it was quick and very easy. I used multicoloured cherry tomatoes just cos I love them :) I used bottled pesto which is nice but I think next time I will make my own pesto as I think it will add a little brightness to the final meal. That's just personal preference though, it's a great economical and quick dish and I highly recommend it :)
hyperion
3rd Aug, 2016
5.05
This receipe was a great way of turning an ordinary chicken dish into something more interesting. The recipe worked well, the meal turned out as expected, and I was very happy with the results. As some other reviewers have suggested, I used 3 teaspoons of pesto rather than 3 tablespoons - tablespoons just sounded too much. To save time, I used jar pesto (Sacla green pesto). All the same, the meal was tasty and this is definitely a recipe I will use again. I served it up with couscous.
Monica29
23rd Jul, 2016
5.05
I've made this dish twice now. The first time it wasn't anything to write home about, but I did use pesto from a jar. This made the sauce rather dry and too intense. Today, I made the pesto fresh (following a GF recipe) and I can honestly say this dish was delicious! Would agree with other comments, if using shop-bought pesto from a jar, reduce the amount. If using fresh, 3 tbs works perfectly. Served with pasta and salad to my husband and toddlers, all of whom loved.
wonderwomen
20th Jun, 2016
can i fry a few mushrooms or will it turn out to watery xx
elvis
19th Apr, 2016
Made this tonight for daughters teenage friends and was devoured very quickly. I had read some comments beforehand especially re pesto and suspect that recipe says tbsp where in fact it should be tsp which for pesto makes quite a difference ! I made double amount of everything and put in 2 tablespoonfuls of sacla which was pretty perfect. Used a mixture of thighs and breasts and after browning cooked in oven for 15 mins . Really easy for a quick tea and could be poshed up if required.
middle_pin2
23rd Mar, 2016
5.05
Wrong rating came out and can't amend :( 5*
martus
3rd Jan, 2016
3.8
OK, but nothing special. Despite adding garlic and the chilli flakes to the dish, it was a little bit bland.
sarahdutton16884
9th Dec, 2015
5.05
This was a hit with the whole family. Will now be a regular!
nikkybikky
5th Dec, 2015
5.05
Loved it! So easy to make, although I used jar pesto, none-the-less it was really, really nice. I will definitely be making this again!
nikkybikky
4th Dec, 2015
5.05
Really nice recipe! Very quick to whip up and so tasty! I used bottled pesto though, which cut out a bit of time. But great none-the-less!

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