This 'all in one dish' is so easy to prepare and cook and is colourful, tasty and good enough for any meal - from a weeknight family supper to an impromptu gathering with friends.
11 people made this
20 small new potatoes
1 red pepper, sliced into long strips
1 yellow or green pepper, sliced into long strips
2 red onions, sliced
2 courgettes, sliced
20 button mushrooms (optional)
extra virgin olive oil
1 to 2 cloves garlic, chopped (or to taste)
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
4 skinless chicken breast fillets
4 tablespoons shop-bought red pesto
freshly grated Parmesan to serve
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Method Prep:15min › Cook:45min › Ready in:1hr
Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
Halve the new potatoes if they're too large. Arrange the potatoes, peppers, onion, courgette and mushrooms in a baking dish. Drizzle with a generous glug of olive oil, then add chopped garlic, basil, salt and pepper. Toss to coat.
With a sharp knife, score each breast 3 or 4 times without cutting right through and place on top of the vegetables. Spread the pesto evenly onto each breast and finally sprinkle with a little more olive oil.
Bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes. Serve with freshly grated Parmesan.
This is a tasty combination, but despite following the recipe exactly, the potatoes were nowhere near cooked after 45 minutes (they were very small new potatoes). I had to take them out and cook them separately, keeping the chicken and veg warm. I would do this again but would cook the potatoes separately (baked or boiled)
09 Apr 2011
We really enjoyed this recipe. I took the advice above and cut the potatoes in 4 lengthwise and parboiled them for about 15 minutes before adding them to the dish. It then all came together beautifully. I cook a lot of baked chicken breast recipes and this now a favourite.
19 Dec 2014
Was very tasty although the potatoes could have done with longer! Also if you have a nut allergy you may want to swap red pesto for green as I nearly killed my better half, remembered at last minute red pesto contains cashews which some may be allergic to too! whoops!
17 Apr 2013