Kidspot Kitchen

Kidspot Kitchen

Spring pesto chicken recipe

Make the most of seasonal green veggies, with this utterly delish spring pesto chicken dish. It's a cinch to prepare and will take less than 30 minutes to cook - perfect those nights when you don't have a lot of time.

Serving Size:

Serves 4



  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 large leek (250g), white part only, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups salt-reduced chicken stock
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and bruised
  • 1 tbsp pesto (from a jar)
  • 500g skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 bunch (100g) asparagus, wooden ends removed, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 100g broccoli florets, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/4 cup (10g) fresh basil leaves, finely sliced


Heat oil in a large frying pan or saucepan and add leek with a small pinch of salt.

Cook leeks on low for 10 minutes or until leeks are soft.

Add stock, garlic, pesto and chicken and bring to a gentle simmer.

Cover and allow to simmer gently for 12 minutes.

Add asparagus, broccoli and basil and simmer uncovered for 3-4 minutes, or until vegetables are cooked.

Remove garlic cloves, spoon into individual bowls and serve.


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  • This recipe was created by Jay Rogers for Kidspot, New Zealand's best recipe finder. You can follow Jay at The Moodie Foodie.