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This was one of those “let’s use everything we have left in the fridge at the end of the week” recipes. And if I say so myself, it turned out really well. So here you go: Pesto Chicken with Roasted Vegetables. Sam also loved it, but he’d love anything if you covered it in pesto.

To reduce the amount of time that I needed to spend in the kitchen, I roasted most of my veg first and then whacked them all in the pan once the chicken had finished cooking. This is the kind of recipe that would be perfect for a Thursday night when you really want something filling and tasty, but you really don’t want to expend that much effort. My favourite element was the asparagus, but I’m an asparagus lover. (Especially when it’s a bit crisp and lemony!) 

Pesto Chicken with Roasted Vegetables
Serves 4
Total Time
45 min
Total Time
45 min
1083 calories
30 g
292 g
55 g
123 g
16 g
1125 g
440 g
15 g
0 g
35 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1083
Calories from Fat 482
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 55g
Saturated Fat 16g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 7g
Monounsaturated Fat 28g
Cholesterol 292mg
Sodium 440mg
Total Carbohydrates 30g
Dietary Fiber 12g
Sugars 15g
Protein 123g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 4 chicken breasts
  2. 2 tablespoons of pesto
  3. 2 teaspoons of coconut oil
  4. 250 g of chopped mushrooms
  5. 1 clove of garlic, chopped
  6. 300 g asparagus spears
  7. juice of half a lemon
  8. 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  9. 180 g cherry tomatoes
  10. salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C. Arrange your asparagus on a baking tray and lightly drizzle it with olive oil. Do the same to the cherry tomatoes (on a separate tray). Pop them in the oven for 24-30 minutes or until tender.
  2. When your vegetables are almost finished, in a large pan of medium heat, melt your coconut oil and rub 1 tablespoon of pesto into your chicken. Cook your chicken through and then add in your mushrooms. The mushrooms let off a bit of water so cook that out. Toss in your asparagus, the remaining tablespoon of pesto, juice of half a lemon and your tomatoes.
  3. Serve on a bed of quinoa or brown rice. Salt and pepper to taste.
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What are your favourite mid-week dinners? 

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  • Mmmmm pesto pesto pesto!

  • My partner LOVES pesto and has been trying to incorporate more vegetables into his diet so this recipe is perfect! Thank you for sharing it.

  • Ellie

    This looks amazing! Definitely one I’ll be trying πŸ™‚ xxx

  • Oh wow this looks delicious

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  • This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    x Annabelle

  • I’ll be around tonight for the leftovers…!! πŸ˜‰ I wish, I love veggies, and chicken and especially pesto! This is my idea of heaven on a plate! On valentines day I had two of my best friends around for dinner and cooked up some chicken breasts stuffed with mozzarella, roasted peppers and pesto, wrapped in bacon. With lots of green veggies and rosemary roasted new potatoes, it was a similar meal to this one and like yours had most of my favourite things! Alice xxx

    • Your meal sounds absolutely heavenly. Bacon, mozzarella and roasted peppers are three of some of my favourite things in the entire world! Your friends must feel super lucky that you whipped up such an absolute feast for them! x

      • Pesto, chicken and veg full stop is divine! I was lucky enough that they brought along a homemade white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake, so overall it was a bloody marvellous meal! πŸ˜‰ xxx

  • Ohhhh I wish I could learn to like asparagus! Maybe if I make them roasted and crispy as you’ve described it would be more appetizing (to me) than steamed. Have to give that a go! Normally for weeknight dinners I’m whipping up a curry or some Asian noodle stir-fry. Always ethnic around here!

    • I probably go a bit overboard compared to most people because I will roast anything as long as possible. (Brunt pizza? Bing it on! I have no idea why I enjoy charcoaled bits so much but I do.) You still get the dread asparagus wee no matter what though! x

  • I love pesto, but is it bad that I’ve only ever had it with pasta?! I love asparagus too, so I think I might need to make this one day as I’m always looking for healthy dinner ideas! It looks so delicious and quick!
    xo April | April Everyday

  • Wow your ‘let’s use everything we have left in the fridge’ looks amazing! Much better than what I’ve done before, which always ends up stew like xx