Summer-in-winter chicken

Summer-in-winter chicken

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(528 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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smartiepants
28th Feb, 2015
I did exactly the same and the amount if sauce was perfect for two people.
0andyandrach0
2nd Jul, 2014
I made this for a friend that came to dinner. We both loved it and it was so easy to make. Will definitely be making this again.
AHarkabuzik
30th Jun, 2014
5.05
I made the original dish with no substitutions, only adding to the amounts of pesto and creme when I felt necessary, and got a great approval from the entire family!! Even those not keen on cooked chicken cleared the plate without effort; the only real criticism was that they wanted more sauce.
marymcg
4th May, 2014
My family and I really enjoyed this dish. I had to substitute double cream for the creme fraiche and I used more than the recipe stated because we all like a generous helping of sauce. Next time I make it I will add a squeeze of lemon juice because I found the sauce a little too rich.....no one else did though and it was clean plates all round. As an added bonus, it is really simple to cook.
pinkkann
14th Apr, 2014
5.05
I loved this recipe and will make it again. It was a very easy meal to make. However, as ever, I think the calories are incorrect - there are around 100 calories too few. Next time I'll use one tbsp less of the pesto. If you find it too creamy (I didn't and I don't like overly greasy foods at all) I'd add a dash of lemon juice. I also added a few tbsp of the broccoli cooking water to make more of a sauce.
Jozsef Balint
6th Apr, 2014
My family and I really liked it. But yeah, I also added garlic cloves and reduced the quantity of pesto, as advised below.
ladyl1
1st Apr, 2014
2.55
This didn't work for me as well as I hoped either! Am thinking it would be better with Salmon, if I do again will try salmon. Was a bit bland and I added chilli flakes to mine.
mellie11
15th Mar, 2014
I tried this recipe because of the high ratings and because I love all the ingredients, but I felt it didn't quite work. The pesto was over-powering (perhaps better with red pesto as other reviewers have mentioned) and it all felt a bit oily - not in a good way! I felt it needed some added texture - serving with salad helped but perhaps some crunch from sugar snap peas?
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cookingshirls
1st Mar, 2014
I made this 2nite for the first time, with roast pots and carrots. I used Lidl red pesto and half fat creme fraiche. Next time I will add garlic as I love garlic and maybe a few chilli flakes. Everyone loved it.... (except for picky boy but I don't count him!!!).....
vebs32
19th Feb, 2014
Made this a few times and it has always been tasty, I use red pesto...yummy

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