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Pesto Cheesy Chicken with Roast Tomatoes

There was to be lots of us around the table, it was also my son’s 39th birthday, so something ‘chickeny’, something tasty, something a bit Italian. The Italians do family meals so well, chatty and noisy – celebratory. Something I could prepare, freeze beforehand, defrost and pop in the oven on the day.
Something chickeny with pesto, garlic, Italian blue cheese (if I could source it) and tomatoey too!

For 6 People:

6 chicken breast portions
100g Fontina cheese (or Gorgonzola)
75g strong cheddar
3 tbsp pesto (fresh is best)
2 tbsp chopped basil
3 tbsp cream cheese
50g fresh breadcrumbs
pinch paprika
400g cherry tomatoes on the vine
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
salt and freshly ground black pepper

Arrange chicken breast in a large ovenproof dish and season with salt and pepper.
Cube the cheese and mix it together with the pesto, basil and cream cheese, seasoning with a little salt and pepper. Spoon the mixture onto the chicken, covering each chicken breast completely, then sprinkle with breadcrumbs and paprika on top.
Bake uncovered for 25 minutes (220°C, 430°F – adjust for fan oven, Gas mark 7)
Then arrange the vine tomatoes around the chicken portions before pouring in the oil and vinegar…
Cook for a further 10-15 minutes or so until the chicken is cooked right through.

DSC02248-01-chicken Pesto Cheesy Chicken with Roast Tomatoes

I served it with salad and new potatoes, potato wedges are good.

If you are making it in advance, freeze before the baking.


5/5 (2 Reviews)

Written by Anne Parkin

Yorkshire lady. I adore cooking for family and friends and care about taste and presentation. Although I am old I have the strength of 10 men and cry at the drop of a hat!

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