Pesto Chicken | Easy mid-week creamy pesto chicken recipe

Pesto Chicken | Easy mid-week creamy pesto chicken recipe

Creamy Pesto Chicken

Easy mid-week Creamy Pesto Chicken Recipe

This is so easy that once you have all the ingredients, it is literally a 10 minute preparation job with 45 minutes in the oven. Perfect for a mid week supper but don’t be fooled as it is so yummy, this pesto chicken could pass for a dinner party dish. In fact I made this for our friends David and Tracey the other week and Tracey is very keen for the Creamy Pesto Chicken recipe, so here you go Tracey…..

This recipe is one that came like a gift. I literally took as my inspiration “Chicken Charlton” and filled in the blanks with what I had in the fridge. My girls absolutely love this and ask for it often.

You could also use different sorts of pesto, such as water cress pesto or coriander pesto

Creamy Pesto Chicken

Serves 6

6 chicken breasts

150g (5 or 6oz) pesto

200g (7 oz)or 400g (14oz) mozzarella (depending on richness requirements)

150g (5 or 6 oz) goats cheese

1 lg clove garlic pressed

salt and pepper

Creamy Pesto Chicken Preparation

“Butterfly” each chicken breast with a sharp knife like in the photo above. This is so they lie flatter in the casserole dish and so the cooking is more even. Looks like a heart doesn’t it?

Mix all the goat’s cheese thoroughly with all the pesto and the garlic clove.

Put a small amount of olive oil on the base of the dish and lay 3 of the chicken breasts covering the base as evenly as possible.

Spread all the goat’s cheese/pesto mixture onto the chicken breasts and season with some salt and pepper.

Now….you can be really cheeky and add an extra layer of mozzarella here in which case you need to use the double amount. I’ve done it both with and without and both are good. Its just with the extra layer of mozzarella, its a bit richer.

Layer on the remaining 3 butterflied chicken breasts and cover with the remaining mozzarella.

Creamy Pesto Chicken

Cook uncovered in a 180ºC (350ºF) oven for 45 mins to an hour. Just check by cutting through a thick piece to see that the chicken is fully cooked.

Creamy Pesto Chicken Dish and Recipe

I tend to serve this chicken on a bed of brown basmati rice, but you could use courgetti, noodles or puréed cauliflower

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Creamy Pesto Chicken

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11 Comments

  • Reply
    Tracey
    September 6, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    thank you Germaine. your a star . Fantastic dish loved it.

    • Reply
      Germaine
      September 6, 2016 at 5:10 pm

      You’re very welcome!!! Hope you make it….

  • Reply
    Christine
    September 6, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    Looks yummy! I particularly lkie the addition of the goat’s cheese…I’m gonna get some!

    • Reply
      Germaine
      September 6, 2016 at 8:57 pm

      Thanks Christine…I hope you make it and like it..

  • Reply
    Christine
    September 6, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    I particularly like the addition of the goat’s cheese. I’m gonna get some!

  • Reply
    Jane
    September 8, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    Germaine, we both LOVED this chicken dish. Thank you – mid week supper BUT as you say, worthy of a dinner party! Glad David and Tracey liked it. X

    • Reply
      Germaine
      September 9, 2016 at 6:32 am

      Yay Jane. I’m really glad you like this one too. I had forgotten how much you liked Chicken Charlton….good news!

  • Reply
    Oli Charlton
    September 11, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Looks yummy Germaine! Going to cook this week for my new flat mates! Xx

    • Reply
      Germaine
      September 12, 2016 at 6:18 am

      Yay!! I’m truly thrilled Oli. Photos please and let me know how it goes…xx

  • Reply
    Claire
    September 14, 2016 at 11:44 am

    I made this last weekend and it was not only easy to make but utterly delicious .
    Everyone MUST try this or your missing out on a taste sensation xx

    • Reply
      Germaine
      September 14, 2016 at 12:25 pm

      Thanks Claire! I’m so glad you liked it and that you left a comment. Much appreciated!! xx

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