Hey presto! It's chicken pesto

Hey presto! It's chicken pesto

Cooking from scratch is healthier and cheaper, but it can seem just too time-consuming. That’s why Fairy and Tasty have put together this super-easy Chicken Pesto Bake.

Cooking from scratch is healthier and cheaper, but it can seem just too time-consuming. That’s why Fairy and Tasty have put together this super-easy Chicken Pesto Bake.

When life gets busy, it’s all too easy to just default to a ready-meal or even a takeaway. But cooking fresh food doesn’t need to be difficult, fiddly or complicated. Make this chicken pesto bake a staple in your repertoire, and you’ve got a dish that grown-ups and grandkids will love, and that’s impressive enough for a dinner party, too.

If you haven’t got time to make the pesto, just buy a tub of fresh pesto from the supermarket (it’s more flavoursome than pesto in a jar).

Watch the video above for an overview, and then why not print out the recipe so you have it to hand next time you need a quick, hearty Italian-inspired supper?

Chicken pesto bake


Ingredients

For the pesto

40g fresh basil

60g pine nuts, toasted

60g Parmesan cheese, grated

2 cloves of garlic, crushed

100ml olive oil

For the bake

2-4 chicken breasts (about 600g)

35g sun-dried tomatoes

100g mozzarella, thickly sliced

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF.

  2. Put all the pesto ingredients in a blender and pulse until they’re the right texture.

  3. Season the base of your baking dish with salt and pepper.

  4. Place three chicken breasts on top, then season again.

  5. Spread the pesto over the chicken, thickly and evenly, and top with the sun-dried tomatoes and mozzarella.

  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

  7. Serve with a crispy salad and some crunchy bread.

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