Chicken in Green Pesto & Creme Fraiche Sauce

Posted: November 20, 2010 in Food

My wife asked me to cook this for dinner tonight.  It’s something I made up some time ago but had forgotten about. It’s pretty easy to cook and doesn’t take too long.  The prep takes about 15 minutes and it takes about the same amount of time to cook.  It tastes better if you do the prep early so the chicken has time to marinade. I do it about 3hrs before I want to eat but it isn’t essential, it just makes it more flavoursome.

I buy the ingredients from Waitrose because not all supermarkets stock chicken that is truly free range, and their own brand pesto is very good.

Ingredients (serves 4)

4 chicken breasts
500ml Crème Fraiche
Waitrose Green Pesto
Dried chilli flakes
Olive oil.

Cut the chicken into cubes and put into a big bowl. Sprinkle over some chilli flakes, I use about half a teaspoon, but do yours to your taste.  Crush or finely chop as much or as little garlic as you like, I love it so I use about 4 cloves and I also use one of those garlic crushers.  Pour over some olive oil, not too much, about a tablespoon or so.  You don’t want too much oil when you transfer it to the pan.  Give it a good mix up so all the chicken is covered in the oil, chilli and garlic. Leave it to marinade for a few hours if possible.

To cook:

Warm up a bowl in the oven that’s plenty big enough to hold the chicken and the crème fraiche. Heat up a shallow frying pan and when it’s hot add the chicken and fry until cooked, then put the cooked chicken into the warm bowl from the oven and put it back in the oven to keep warm while you do the sauce.

Using the same frying pan, pour in all the crème fraiche and 3 big teaspoons of the pesto, about half the jar.  The pesto keeps in the fridge for about 2 weeks after it’s opened so it won’t go to waste.

Heat up the crème fraiche and the pesto until its nice and hot, pour over the chicken in the bowl, and its ready to serve.  I usually serve it with some fresh vegetables and homemade chips.

If you try this, let me know how you get on?


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