Chicken rarebits

Chicken rarebits

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(40 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Takes 30-40 minutes


Serves 4
Just five ingredients make up this simple, sophisticated chicken dish

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal316
  • fat15g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs2g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre1g
  • protein44g
  • salt1.09g
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  • 4 skinless boneless chicken breast fillets
  • 140g cheddar, coarsely grated



    Once cheddar was 'Cheddar', a large, hard-pressed barrel of cheese made by a particular…

  • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard (rounded)
  • 3 tbsp milk (preferably full-fat)



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…

  • 150g pkt cherry tomato, preferably on the vine
  • broccoli and new potatoes to serve



    Like cabbage and cauliflower, broccoli is a brassica and is sometimes known by its Italian name…


  1. Prepare the chicken. Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6/fan 180C. Slice the breasts in half through the middle so you have two thinner pieces (so they will cook quicker). Lightly oil a shallow baking dish, one that is big enough for the chicken to fit easily in a single layer. Lay the chicken in the dish. Mix the Easy cheese, mustard and milk in a little bowl, then pile the mixture on top of each piece of chicken. There’s no need to smooth it out.

  2. Put it in the oven. Throw the tomatoes, still on the vine, all round the chicken, then cook for 20-30 minutes until the chicken is golden and the tomatoes squashy.

  3. Serve it up. Serve with broccoli and new potatoes. Suggest to everyone that they squash the tomatoes on their plates to blend into the cheesy sauce.

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26th Jan, 2020
This went down well when served up this week. I followed the recipe apart from reducing the milk and adding natural yoghurt. Very easy, very tasty and I will certainly make again.
22nd Mar, 2015
I really didn't like this, even though I do like all the ingredients separately. Chicken and cheese together? Not for me.
12th Feb, 2015
Made this evening, went down very well (i love using this website to find new recipes). Family loved it, I would add more cheese sauce mix next time as it dried out quite quickly, cooked diced potatoes with it as suggested by cldaniels which was great too, only added toms in for the last ten mins! Have been told I can make again Yay!
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6th Jan, 2015
Went down very well with the whole family, despite them saying they didn't like the sound of it first. I think it is destined to become a regular dish for us.
6th Jun, 2014
My Husband loved this! So simple and easy to make. Not the healthiest recipe though, the amount of cheese is huge but worth the calories!
13th Mar, 2014
So easy and tastes great.
6th Feb, 2014
Really quick and easy, yet so tasty and it looks impressive too! Great served with the part-baked bread rolls you can buy in the supermarket as they require the same oven temperature. The only alteration I made was to add the tomatoes for the last ten minutes only - they were very squashy after this time so I imagine they would disintegrate if cooked for the full 20 minutes +
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20th Jan, 2014
I just love this dish. So so easy and lovely. I too added some leftover stilton and it was delicious.
13th Dec, 2013
I've since made this with fish and it works really well. Placed cooked sliced potatoes and the bottom of a baking dish, covered with buttery cooked leeks and broccoli and then the fish. Yum!
17th Oct, 2013
Really like this recipe! cutting the breast in half makes it much more tender and juicy! sometimes whole breasts do get a bit dry in the middle. Added a little crème fraiche to make it a bit more 'saucy' Tasty and yet so easy!!!!! Big thumbs up from us!


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