Creamy pesto chicken with roasted tomatoes

Creamy pesto chicken with roasted tomatoes

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 4

A fast and filling, all-in-one chicken dish

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal545
  • fat33g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs22g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre1g
  • protein40g
  • salt0.82g
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  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 tbsp Homemade pesto (see the recipe in tip section below)



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


  • 85g mascarpone
  • 4 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…

  • 100g breadcrumb, preferably from day-old bread
  • 175g baby tomatoes, on the vine



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • handful pine nuts
  • handful basil leaves


  1. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Use a small sharp knife to make a slit along the side of each chicken breast to form a pocket. Mix together the pesto and mascarpone, then carefully spoon a quarter of the mixture into each chicken breast and smooth over the opening to seal.

  2. Brush a little oil, about 1 tsp, all over each chicken breast and season well. Tip the breadcrumbs onto a large plate and season. Place each breast on the plate and press all over with the breadcrumbs. Place in a lightly oiled shallow baking dish along with the tomatoes (kept together on the vine in a couple of bunches). Drizzle over the remaining oil.

  3. Cook in the oven for 20-25 mins until the chicken starts to turn golden and is cooked through. Scatter over the pine nuts and cook for 2 mins more. Sprinkle with basil leaves and serve with new potatoes or crusty bread.

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GiSora's picture
23rd Jun, 2019
This is so yummy but I followed the recipe and the chicken was slightly under cooked. Next time I will slice it and layer it like lasagna.
dragonma5306's picture
22nd Jul, 2018
This was quick, easy and delicious and, most importantly, resulted in empty plates from the whole family. I used fresh shop-bought pesto and just sprinkled the breadcrumbs on the top and patted them down, rather than attempting to coat the whole of the chicken. The tomatoes were lovely with it too. Served with lemon & coriander couscous (from a packet) and baby corn. Yum!
25th Apr, 2018
We served ours with couscous, would also be nice over rice. Great easy meal to make!
19th Oct, 2017
My family love this meal! Even more fussier members of the family. It is so simple as well. I use ready bought pesto to save time and then its simply a case of mixing with the mascarpone, add to the chicken, sprinkle with bread crumbs, add some tomatoes and let the cooking do its magic. Nice with rice or new potatoes.
Passion Fruit
13th Apr, 2017
I made this for a dinner party and while it took a while to prep it was super easy on the day. I wrapped the filled fillets individually in clingfilm the day before which helped them to hold together I think and then finished with the breadcrumbs a couple of hours before needed. Very tasty!
8th Nov, 2016
Sorry. Should read 'we HAVE a favourite recipe'
8th Nov, 2016
Made this tonight. Served with boiled potatoes and roasted Mediterranean veg (peppers, onions, tomatoes and butternut squash ). Used a pre made pesto sauce. Used Panko breadcrumbs as I had some in the cupboard. It was ok but I don't think I'll make it again. We gave a favourite recipe from this site using chicken stuffed with mozzarella and cheddar with wholegrain mustard and wrapped in prosciutto which is much tastier.
26th Oct, 2016
Easy, and really tasty! I've now made this for different guests all of whom have loved it!
20th Oct, 2016
This is very nice. I spread the sauce over the top instead of filling it in. I wouldn't eat this every day as it is quite creamy. Very tasty.
28th Sep, 2016
I made this last night. It takes a lot longer to make than the 15 mins stated if you're going to make your own pesto, too. I found my food processor didn't make a smooth enough paste - the recipe says to use a small one but I only own one food processor so was stuck with that. If you mix the pesto ingredients with the mascarpone then blitz it, it's better, although I only discovered this after scraping lumpy pesto from the food processor a number of times before blitzing it again in a bid to make it smoother. Once that was done it was fairly easy to put together and looked amazing. I had enormous chicken breasts so covered it loosely with foil for 15 mins then cooked it for longer. It tasted lovely - just a shame no-one else in the family agreed! Too pesto-ish for the kids and too creamy for the hubby. A simple recipe full of flavour.


3rd Nov, 2016
Hi can someone please tell me what the homemade pesto recipe is - it's not showing on my page even though it says "see below". Thanks.
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7th Nov, 2016
Hi Marie, the pesto recipe is in the tip section below this recipe (we've changed the text to make it clearer) and also we've now added a couple of pesto recipes to the 'Goes well with' section on the right hand side. Thanks.
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