Tray-baked chicken with parsley, brazil nut and pecorino pesto and sourdough croutons

Tray-baked chicken with parsley, brazil nut and pecorino pesto and sourdough croutons
  • Serves icon Serves 4
  • Time icon Hands-on time 30 min

“Brazil nuts are packed with selenium, a vital mineral that helps immune systems work properly and you get almost half your daily selenium needs from this dish.” – Amanda Ursell

Nutrition: per serving

Calories
621kcal
Fat
31.7g (6.8g saturated)
Protein
47.2g
Carbohydrates
34.2g (7.4g sugars)
Fibre
5.2g
Salt
0.9g
Calories
621kcal
Fat
31.7g (6.8g saturated)
Protein
47.2g
Carbohydrates
34.2g (7.4g sugars)
Fibre
5.2g
Salt
0.9g

Ingredients

  • 4 skin-on free-range chicken breasts
  • ½ large butternut squash, cut into wedges
  • 4 unpeeled garlic cloves, bashed
  • 4 tbsp olive oil, plus extra to drizzle
  • Splash dry white wine (optional)
  • 40g brazil nuts
  • Large handful fresh parsley/coriander
  • Zest and juice 1 lemon
  • 25g pecorino, grated
  • 200g sourdough, torn into rough chunks

Method

  1. Heat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas 6. Put the chicken breasts, butternut squash wedges and 3 of the garlic cloves in a roasting tin, season with salt and pepper and drizzle with a little olive oil. Pour over a splash of white wine (if you have some open) and roast for 25-30 minutes until the chicken is cooked (the juices will run clear when the flesh is pierced in the thickest part with a skewer) and the squash is tender.
  2. Meanwhile, peel the remaining garlic clove and put in the small bowl of a food processor (or a pestle and mortar) with the nuts, herbs, lemon zest and juice, pecorino and 4 tbsp oil. Whizz/grind to a rough paste, then taste and season. Add a drop of water if the pesto is too thick to drizzle.
  3. For the last 5 minutes of the cooking time add the bread to the tray of chicken, drizzle with oil and cook until the bread is crisp and browned. Drizzle over the pesto and serve.

delicious. tips

  1. If you’re feeling very hungry, serve the chicken and pesto with buttered rice or pasta.

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September 2019