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Friday Food: Flaky Pastry Pesto Chicken

Pesto chickenFriday Food on Saturday. I am almost keeping up with Friday Food, so I feel I am managing a bit better. I bought myself Jamie Oliver's 5 Ingredients as it was on super special at The KMart for $24. I do like the way each recipe is set out, with the five ingredients photographed and arrayed to the left of the page and the recipe next to them. And one whole page for the photo. I really like having a picture. This recipe was very easy to make, though I think I tucked the puff pastry strips too far under the chicken and it was a tad under-cooked. So do 'just' tuck them under. It was easy to buy the ingredients, but I had to cut the chicken breasts as ours are much larger then the ones he uses.

I used one sheet of frozen butter puff pastry. I just cut strips in a kind of pattern and hoped for the best!

Other than that, I was very pleased. The flavours went very well together and it was exceedingly tasty. If I was serving this to my family I would add some potatoes, because I don't think it is a proper Australian tea-sized portion. If you don't like pesto, you could use a red pesto, wholegrain mustard, some relish or pate.


Flaky Pastry Pesto Chicken      serves 4

  • 1 sheet of frozen puff pastry, I used butter puff
  • about 500g chicken breasts, cut into approx 125g portions
  • 4 heaped teaspoons of green pesto
  • 400g ripe cherry tomatoes, on the vine if you can
  • 400g green beans
  • salt and pepper*
  • olive oil*


*These don't count as part of the 5 ingredients. I am OK with that.


Chicken flatten

Preheat the oven to 220*C and prepare two oven trays. Flatten the chicken breasts with your hand, or in my case the jar of peanut butter, so the fat end is about the same thickness as the thin end. I sandwiched the chicken breasts between some baking paper to do this. Place on the roasting tray and season with salt and pepper.

Pesto and pastry

Cut the pastry into strips. Spread a teaspoon of pesto over each piece of chicken ( and I somehow missed this photo) Then lay 4 strips overlapping on each breast, 'just' tucking the ends under.

And bake

On another tray, season the tomatoes with salt and pepper and drizzle them with olive oil too. Place the chicken on a top shelf and the tomatoes underneath and bake for 20 minutes. I turned the trays half way through. In retrospect the pastry could have been a little browner, but I was hungry and decided it would do.

Tomatoes and beans

While the food is baking, trim the ends of the beans and boil them in salted water for 7 minutes. I microwaved them for 5 minutes.

To serve, remove the tomatoes from the vine, squash half on a board or platter ( or each plate) and toss in the beans. Slice the chicken on an angle and serve on top of the beans, with the remaining whole tomatoes.

Chicken pesto



That looks good, Cindy.One sheet of puff pastry, spread with whatever, rolled up like a swiss roll, cut into portions. Makes a good meal to go with salad for lunch. Turn on side so cut edge is on top and sprinkle with cheese. Cook in hot oven. I use mince mix, leftovers all mashed or cut, tin of tuna with some mayo. Or whatever. Very versatile, easy and cheap.

I have been thinking of getting back into blogging. Perhaps just once a week. I enjoy your recipes, although quite a bit is sweet which I rarely eat, out of taste and also because I have cut down on carbs fairly drastically. Not entirely, but I don't have them often. Have lost 25+ kg.

Dennis the Vizsla

hello 2paw its dennis the vizsla dog hay hmm tucker yoozed to say i wuz a pest but i do not think that has ennything to do with pesto sinse pesto luks delishus!!! ok bye


How delicious! I have been wondering about buying that book myself. Love to you and the puppers.

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