A fillet of chicken stuffed with home-made pesto crumbed and served with a rocket salad


  • serves 2

  • 2 chicken fillet (can be breast or thigh, depending on budget)

  • 100g bread crumbs

  • 100g plain flour

  • 3 eggs

  • 100g rocket

  • bunch of basil leaves

  • 1 granule garlic

  • 50g parmesan cheese

  • 50g pine nuts

  • 50g cashews

  • 1.5tbsp olive oil

  • 1 sm carrot

  • 0.5 celery stick

  • 1 tbsp sweet soy sauce

  • 1 tsp wholegrain mustard

  • salt and pepper to taste


  • 1.

    Preheat oven to 180oC

  • 2.

    Start with the pesto

  • 3.

    Bash the basil and garlic in mortar and pestal

  • 4.

    Add 1tbsp of olive oil, cheese, nuts and salt and pepper to taste and continue to bash

  • 5.

    Cut a 1.5cm slit in the chicken(this makes the hole to stuff)

  • 6.

    Stick finger in the hole to make a cavity

  • 7.

    Stuff cavity with pesto

  • 8.

    Scramble eggs and place in a bowl

  • 9.

    Put flour and crumbs in separte bowls

  • 10.

    Place stuffed chicken fillet in flour and cover

  • 11.

    Dip fillet in egg and make sure it is coated

  • 12.

    Dip fillet in crumbs

  • 13.

    If u want a really golden outside give the chicken a quick fry-up in a pan with canola oil

  • 14.

    Otherwise just put chicken in oven and cook for 30-40min

  • 15.

    While chicken is in oven prepare rocket salad

  • 16.

    Julienne carrots and celery and add to rocket

  • 17.

    Mix soy, mustard and rest of olive oil and add over the top of rocket mix

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (2 servings)

  • Energy 1342kj
  • Fat Total 79g
  • Saturated Fat 18g
  • Protein 64g
  • Carbohydrate 96g
  • Sugar 8g
  • Sodium 1426mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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thigh is cheaper than breast and is easy to work with
you can use bought pesto but home-made is a lot crunchier and is better suited

this recipe gives room to add a sauce to the chicken if u desire and add a another side dish like pototoes if u want.

this meal is a good source of protein, good fats and vitamins and minerals

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