PREP: 15 MINS
COOK: 25 MINS
A fast and filling, all-in-one chicken dish
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 3 tbsp Homemade pesto (see the recipe in tip section below)
- 85g mascarpone
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 100g breadcrumb, preferably from day-old bread
- 175g baby tomatoes, on the vine
- handful pine nuts
- handful basil leaves
- Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Use a small sharp knife to make a slit along the side of each chicken breast to form a pocket. Mix together the pesto and mascarpone, then carefully spoon a quarter of the mixture into each chicken breast and smooth over the opening to seal.
- Brush a little oil, about 1 tsp, all over each chicken breast and season well. Tip the breadcrumbs onto a large plate and season. Place each breast on the plate and press all over with the breadcrumbs. Place in a lightly oiled shallow baking dish along with the tomatoes (kept together on the vine in a couple of bunches). Drizzle over the remaining oil.
- Cook in the oven for 20-25 mins until the chicken starts to turn golden and is cooked through. Scatter over the pine nuts and cook for 2 mins more. Sprinkle with basil leaves and serve with new potatoes or crusty bread.
Recipe from Good Food magazine, April 2009
By Emma Lewis