Chicken with Red Pesto and Olives

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4.5 from 2 votes

Chicken with Red Pesto and Olives

This is such a lovely colourful summer dish, very simple to prepare and the flavours all work so well together. Cooking wine has a much lower alcohol content than normal wine so you may prefer to use this instead.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Season: Spring, Summer
Type: Meat
Diet: Gluten Free
Servings: 4
Calories: 552kcal


  • 2 tbsp olive oil organic, fairtrade
  • 4 chicken breasts organic, boneless 130g - 175g per person
  • 750 g new potatoes organic, washed
  • 1 red peppers organic, de-seeded and diced
  • 1 courgettes organic, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves organic, peeled and crushed
  • 100 ml white wine organic, fairtrade or cooking wine
  • 150 ml chicken stock organic
  • 3 tbsp tomato puree organic
  • 2 tbsp red pesto organic
  • 60 g low fat creme fraiche organic
  • 150 g pitted black olives organic, fairtrade
  • 1 dash black pepper organic, fairtrade, freshly ground
  • 10 g fresh basil leaves organic, chopped


  • Heat the olive oil over a high heat in a large frying pan and brown the chicken breasts on both sides. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  • Bring a pan of lightly salted water to the boil and simmer the new potatoes for around 15 minutes until tender.
  • Meanwhile, add the pepper, courgette and garlic to the frying pan and fry for around 5 minutes, until they start to soften.
  • Pour in the wine and let it bubble for 1 minute. Stir in the stock, tomato puree and red pesto.
  • Return the chicken breasts to the pan, lower the heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes until the chicken breasts are cooked through.
  • Stir in the creme fraiche and olives and season with black pepper.
  • Serve with the new potatoes and basil leaves sprinkled over the top.


In a hurry or not all eating together?
This dish can be reheated.
Can be frozen for 3 - 4 months


Calories: 552kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 1328mg | Potassium: 977mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1250IU | Vitamin C: 110.6mg | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 2.7mg

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