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Basil and mozzarella stuffed chicken with pasta salad recipe

Basil and mozzarella stuffed chicken with pasta salad recipe

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Special enough for a weekend dinner party but easy enough for a midweek meal, these healthy pesto and mozzarella stuffed chicken breasts pack a flavour punch. Serve with a simple Italian-inspired pasta salad for a breezy summer supper that the whole family will love. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 15 mins to prepare and 30-35 mins to cook
  • 530 calories / serving
  • Freezable
  • Healthy


  • 1 x 30g pack basil, roughly chopped
  • 1 small garlic clove, peeled
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for brushing
  • 4 x 150g skinless chicken breast fillets
  • 150g (5 1/4oz) half-fat mozzarella, sliced
  • 200g (7oz) fusilli
  • 150g (5 1/4oz) baby plum tomatoes, halved
  • 50g (1 3/4oz) pitted olives, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • salad leaves, to serve
If you haven't got fusilli, try using penne or another short pasta

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    18g 26%
  • Saturates

    4g 22%
  • Sugars

    6g 6%
  • Salt

    0.9g 15%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 43.5g Protein 51.1g Fibre 3.5g


  1. Preheat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. Blitz the basil in a food processor with the garlic, pine nuts, 1 tbsp oil and seasoning into a smooth pesto. Add 1-2 tsp water to loosen if necessary.
  2. Cut a slit into the thickest side of each chicken breast. Spoon a dollop of the pesto and 2 mozzarella slices into each slit. Secure each opening shut with a cocktail stick. Put on a baking tray and cook in the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until cooked through and the juices run clear.
  3. Meanwhile, bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and cook the fusilli for 10-12 minutes, until al dente. Drain, refresh under cold water and shake dry. Transfer to a bowl.
  4. Stir the tomatoes, olives and parsley through the pasta with the vinegar and remaining oil.
  5. Preheat a barbecue or griddle pan. Brush the chicken with a little oil and cook on each side, until the chicken is charred to your liking. Rest for 5 minutes and serve with the pasta salad and salad leaves.

Tip: You will have about 2 tbsp pesto left over. It will keep, chilled, in a jar for up to three days.

Freezing and defrosting guidelines

Freeze the uncooked, stuffed chicken only. Transfer to an airtight, freezer-safe container, seal and freeze for up to 1-3 months. To serve, defrost thoroughly in the fridge overnight before continuing with the recipe.

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