Pesto pan chicken

Pesto pan chicken
  • Serves icon Serves 4
  • Time icon Takes 5 min to prep, 20 min to cook

Juicy cherry tomatoes and shop-bought basil pesto make this easy one-pan chicken recipe is as fresh as it is irresistible.

Prefer chicken thighs? Our summer chicken traybake – made with new potatoes, courgettes and pesto – is a great alternative to this recipe.

Nutrition: per serving

Calories
579kcals
Fat
39g (13.8g saturated)
Protein
47.6g
Carbohydrates
8.9g (7.1g sugar)
Salt
2.1g
Calories
579kcals
Fat
39g (13.8g saturated)
Protein
47.6g
Carbohydrates
8.9g (7.1g sugar)
Salt
2.1g

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 200g smoked bacon lardons
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 4 skinless free-range chicken breasts, each sliced into thirds
  • 200g baby spinach leaves
  • 250g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 100ml double cream
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil pesto, plus extra for drizzling (we like Sacla)
  • Small handful of fresh basil leaves to serve

Method

  1. Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a large sauté pan, then soften the onion for 5 minutes. Increase the heat, add the bacon and pepper, then fry until the bacon is crisp. Remove to a bowl using a slotted spoon.
  2. Add the remaining oil to the pan, then fry the chicken for 5 minutes until golden. Return the onion, bacon and pepper to the pan. Stir in the spinach and tomatoes, then cook for 3 minutes more until the spinach has wilted and the chicken is cooked.
  3. Pour over the cream and stir through the pesto. Warm through. Check the seasoning, then drizzle with extra pesto and scatter over the fresh basil leaves. Serve with crushed new potatoes, if you like.

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  1. Nice meal cooked in one pot which was easy to do. Plenty of flavour and tasted lovely. Nothing special but a good crowd pleaser as it’s easy to increase the quantities but also easy to reduce for two people. We scored it as a 7.5/10

  2. I love this recipe because its quick, easy, colourful and healthy. It has a great summery style to it and it tastes amazing! A favourite in my house for sure :D

  3. I love this recipe because I cook a lot for a gluten intolerant family member and this recipe is our favourite :) It is delicious and not too difficult to make and most importantly, you can not tell from taste that it is a gluten free meal and is just and enjoyable as any other “normal” meal, which makes her feel as though she is not missing out as much as we can all eat the same at a family dinner. It is nice that you make the effort to offer this section for people who would usually struggle finding tasty recipes that suit their dietary needs.

  4. I love this recipe because it’s an easy, quick dish to make…….especially for me as I’m not the world’s best cook! It’s a delicious summery dish which the whole family can enjoy!

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