Summer-in-winter chicken

Summer-in-winter chicken

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(507 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

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 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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Comments (513)

laverne's picture

Absolutely love this recipe. Have used it time and time again. Like to use chopped chicken and serve as as pasta sauce. Everyone loves it. Tasty and looks fab on the plate.

laverne's picture

I have used this recipe time and time again in different ways. We like to chop the chicken and use the recipe as a sauce for pasta. For being so easy, it tastes absolutely delicious and looks great on the plate!

lilal0's picture

Lovely dish that is so easy to do. I made it with leftover chicken from our roast and added a few chilli flakes as recommeded by other person who rated it. Will definately be doing again.

jacquimac1's picture

Yummy :) thank you

tizabella's picture

Not very impressed, I found it rather bland.
Second time I made it I added sun dried tomatoes and olives but I still found it a bit boring

primmy84's picture

This was a really nice change, never really tasted anything like it. I had it with some homemade savory rice...lovely for a cold October night.

flossydrop's picture

Well ! this went down very well in my household. My husband who is a bit of a foody and the better cook in our house took his first bite and said 'This is lovely' ! my 11 year old declared it as 'amazing'. I was suprised at the reaction as it took so little time to produce and I often slog over the stove for much longer and get no reaction at all !!
I did use twice the amount of pesto and creme freche to create more sauce and added some blanched green beans that I had in the fridge to add a bit more colour.
I agree with the comment that the sauce would be good with pasta and prawns or chicken and will try that soon.
I will be cooking this again in the future. Thank you.

caitlin104's picture

Very nice. Not an every week meal, but will definitely do again. Perfect after a busy day.

melissap's picture

Really good midweek meal but equally good for a dinner party. I removed the chicken breasts after frying, then softened some onions and garlic before adding the tomatoes and more pesto and creme fraiche (half fat) than suggested so that it's really saucy. I put the chicken breasts back in then added a load of spinach to wilt and served it with rice and a sprinkling of toasted pine nuts. Voila!

chillin's picture

Made this for Sunday dinner and everyone raved about it and could'nt get enough of it, I added mushrooms and garlic and served it with boiled potatoes....soooo yummy.

kjohnson70's picture

Love this recipe. Super quick and easy. Perfect for busy night with kids. I sliced the chicken into thin strips to speed cooking time and make servings more child-friendly. Used 5Tbs. Pesto and 6 Tbs. creme fraiche for extra sauce and served with linguine and salad.

tracy68's picture

This was so easy but tasted lovely!,

mchugi's picture

So easy and tasty, the whole (sometimes fussy) family loved it! Definitely making this again. Yum!

raphaelmeade's picture

loved it so did my kids

lottieh24's picture

Delicious! Easy to cook, and I will definitely be cooking this again. I served it with home made potato wedges/slices and it worked well.

rudomav's picture

this has to be my favourite chicken dish, simple and delicious and goes very well with rice and a bit of broccoli. oh so yum!

13888587's picture

a new family favourite!

mitchity40's picture

Must have made this dish about 40 times for my family and it always proves popular - they can't get enough! Its simple, quick, healthy & delicious. Perfect:)

nmccarthy1104's picture

i used tomato and chilli red pesto (sacla) a few times, for different guests - meat mad boyfriend, healthy food loving friends and tasty food loving friends and it has gone down a storm every time. served with mash/green veg (broccolli or green beans) the chicken/sauce leftovers (if you have any!) works really well with pasta as lunch the next day.....this is a firm favourite in my recipe collection! :)

caroljefferson's picture

soooo delicious and simple!!!!


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