Summer-in-winter chicken

Summer-in-winter chicken

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(562 ratings)

Ready in 25 mins


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


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



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


  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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23rd Jul, 2016
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.
20th Jun, 2016
can i fry a few mushrooms or will it turn out to watery xx
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.
23rd Mar, 2016
Wrong rating came out and can't amend :( 5*
3rd Jan, 2016
OK, but nothing special. Despite adding garlic and the chilli flakes to the dish, it was a little bit bland.
9th Dec, 2015
This was a hit with the whole family. Will now be a regular!
5th Dec, 2015
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!
4th Dec, 2015
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!
25th Nov, 2015
Deee...licious. The whole family really enjoyed this dish. Will definitely make this again.
Mariya Concha
18th Nov, 2015
Very delicious, rich in flavor. Definitely one of my favorites!


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