Chicken & orzo with pesto crumb
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Chicken & orzo with pesto crumb

Healthy family supper? Check. Delicious Italian-inspired flavour? Check. Minimal washing-up? Check!

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HealthyHigh protein1 of your 5 a day
  • Serves4
  • CourseMain meal
  • Prepare10 mins
  • Cook50 mins
  • Total time1 hr
  • Plusstanding

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  • 350g Essential Cherry Tomatoes, halved
  • 2 clove/s garlic, sliced
  • 2 tbsp Essential Olive Oil
  • 65g fresh breadcrumbs
  • 3 tbsp basil pesto
  • 600g pack Essential British Chicken Breast Fillets
  • 300ml hot low-salt chicken or vegetable stock
  • 250g orzo pasta, rinsed


  1. Preheat the oven to 190ºC, gas mark 5. Toss the cherry tomatoes, garlic and oil in a large roasting tin. Season and roast for 15 minutes, stirring halfway. Meanwhile, mix the breadcrumbs and pesto and set aside. Season the chicken breasts; set aside.

  2. Remove the tomatoes from the oven and pour in the hot stock. Stir in the orzo, then arrange the chicken breasts on top. Carefully pile the breadcrumbs on top of the chicken.

  3. Bake for 30-35 minutes until the chicken is cooked through, the juices run clear and there is no pink meat. Leave to stand for 5 minutes before serving with a green salad, if liked.


Typical values per serving when made using specific products in recipe


2,499kJ/ 593kcals



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