Summer-in-winter chicken

Summer-in-winter chicken

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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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14th Oct, 2014
The whole family loved this, including our fussy three year old! I used fresh pesto as I hate the stuff you get in a jar and it was delicious! Will definitely make again.
21st Aug, 2014
Not something I would ever make again as the pesto was too over powering. It is however a very simple dish to throw together!
21st Aug, 2014
Not for me I'm afraid. The pesto is just too much. It is however terribly simple to make and does look impressive but I won't be making it again. I'd rate it just two stars!!!
29th Jul, 2014
Yum, really great and so easy! I cooked it for 2 and did the same quantity of sauce the recipe suggests for 4, was perfect.
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28th Feb, 2015
I did exactly the same and the amount if sauce was perfect for two people.
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.
30th Jun, 2014
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.
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 one else did though and it was clean plates all round. As an added bonus, it is really simple to cook.
14th Apr, 2014
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.


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