Spring chicken in a pot

Spring chicken in a pot

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(257 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 45 mins


Serves 4

Casseroles aren't just for winter – this light, vibrant one-pot is packed with spring veg and herby pesto

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal339
  • fat10g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs27g
  • sugars12g
  • fibre8g
  • protein36g
  • salt0.5g


  • 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…

  • 1 onion, chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 500g boneless, skinless chicken thigh
  • 300g small new potato
    New potatoes

    New potatoes

    n-ew po-tate-oes

    New potatoes have thin, wispy skins and a crisp, waxy texture. They are young potatoes and…

  • 425ml low-salt vegetable stock (such as Kallo low-salt vegetable stock cubes)
  • 350g broccoli, cut into small florets



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

  • 350g spring green, shredded
    Spring greens

    Spring greens

    sp-ring gr-eens

    Spring greens are the first cabbages of the year. They have fresh, loose heads without the hard…

  • 140g petits pois
  • bunch spring onion, sliced
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • 2 tbsp pesto



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



  1. Heat the oil in a large, heavy pan. Add the onion, gently fry for 5 mins until softened, add the chicken, then fry until lightly coloured. Add the potatoes, stock and plenty of freshly ground black pepper, then bring to the boil. Cover, then simmer for 30 mins until the potatoes are tender and the chicken is cooked. Can be frozen at this point.

  2. Add the broccoli, spring greens, petit pois and spring onions, stir well, then return to the boil. Cover, then cook for 5 mins more, stir in the pesto and heat through.

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jaded84's picture
6th May, 2020
A delicious recipe that is destined to become a family favourite. Would not change a thing
6th Apr, 2020
After seeing the title of this, I thought: "Ah, that sounds nice.", then I looked at the photo and decided not to bother. It just looks like a pan of water with some chicken and raw veg in it. Totally unappealing and some of the comments swayed my decision too. I'll give it a miss but I'm happy some people are enjoying it.
4th Jan, 2020
This is my variation. I cook the chicken with the onion, then remove it to cook separately, get a nice colour, I follow the recipe and as the family finds eating all those veggies a bit off putting, I make it into a soup . I slice the chicken thinly and add it to the soup before serving, heat it through. I have frozen this soup very successfully. It can be eaten with or without chicken.
Chareve29's picture
25th May, 2018
All the family love this. I add or change some of veg depending on what I have and sometimes use chicken stock.
24th Apr, 2018
unexciting even with extra pesto
Deborah Cheyne's picture
Deborah Cheyne
19th Feb, 2018
Been cooking this now for ever.. I use more green Pesto than recommended and brown the boneless thighs for longer and on a higher heat. When first did this a few times it was very pale, now got the knack and it looks and tastes great. I have been substituting savoy cabbage instead of spring greens and much better. Highly recommend.
28th Sep, 2017
My family really enjoy this dish. It has a lovely light freshness to it and it is so simply to make.
26th Jul, 2017
Way too much veg if you go by the recipe and the stock won't cover it. Had to use more stock, cooks ok but is bland and watery. Non of the family liked it - apart from the dogs and chickens!
8th Feb, 2017
For a "healthy" dish it was swimming in fat... probably too much pesto
25th Jan, 2017
I used drumsticks as that's what I had and added green beans and spinach rather than greens. Overall really tasty and will make again


4th Jul, 2017
Would this work in a slow cooker? Just add the veg in with it all and slow cook?
goodfoodteam's picture
5th Jul, 2017
Thanks for your question. Yes you can cook this in a slow cooker. For tips on how to adapt the recipe, take a look at the following feature: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/10-top-tips-using-slow-cooker We'd suggest adding the second batch of vegetables in the last 30 mins of cooking. Be aware that broccoli tends to discolour a little when it's cooked with a lid on but you will still need to use your lid.
30th Sep, 2016
Anyone add bacon to this recipe?
28th Oct, 2013
Do you think I could just leave out the chicken? or maybe swap it for something else? my girlfriend is vegetarian and i've tried fake chicken and it's not the best of stuff :P
goodfoodteam's picture
28th May, 2014
Hi there. Why not try swapping the chicken for some sliced large flat mushrooms and chunkly slices of courgette too? Enjoy.
morriliz's picture
15th May, 2014
You could try replacing the chicken with some extra potatoes??
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