Griddled chicken with white beans and rocket pesto

Griddled chicken with white beans and rocket pesto
  • Serves icon Serves 4
  • Time icon Hands-on time 10 min, cooking time 10 min

Buttery griddled chicken breasts are served on a bed of  pesto-coated cannellini beans in this quick, yet satisfying midweek meal.

Why not swap the rocket pesto for another of our punchy pesto recipes? And find out what to do with any leftovers here.

Nutrition: per serving

Calories
505kcals
Fat
25.5g (8.5g saturated)
Protein
45.2g
Carbohydrates
23.4g (2.5g sugars)
Fibre
12.2g
Salt
2.4g
Calories
505kcals
Fat
25.5g (8.5g saturated)
Protein
45.2g
Carbohydrates
23.4g (2.5g sugars)
Fibre
12.2g
Salt
2.4g

Ingredients

  • 4 small skinless free-range chicken breasts
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 x 400g tins mixed white beans (such as cannellini or butter beans), drained and rinsed
  • 50ml vegetable stock
  • 75g wild rocket
  • 25g fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 40g pecorino, grated
  • 30g unsalted butter

Method

  1. Place the chicken breasts between 2 pieces of cling film and, using a rolling pin, flatten until about 1.5cm thick. Rub with the 1 tbsp olive oil and season. Heat a griddle pan or frying pan over a medium-high heat and cook for 9-10 minutes, turning once.
  2. Meanwhile, put the beans into a medium pan and cover with the stock. Season to taste and warm gently over a medium heat for a few minutes. Drain and tip into a bowl.
  3. Whizz the rocket, parsley, garlic and extra-virgin olive oil to make a pesto. Stir in the cheese, season and mix with the warm beans.
  4. When the chicken is nearly cooked, add the butter to the pan and fry until the butter browns and gives off a nutty aroma. Remove the buttery chicken breasts, then serve with the beans, drizzled with the butter.

delicious. tips

  1. Next time, cut the chicken into pieces and fry in a non-stick pan until golden and cooked through. Stir the chicken, pesto and white beans through freshly cooked spaghetti, then serve with lots of grated pecorino.

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