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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Chicken with Roasted Cherry Tomato and Basil Sauce

There are some really simple partnerships in food that just work so incredibly well.  Tomato and Basil is one of them.  Add a little cream, and some seasonings and you have a sauce that you can serve with either seafood or chicken.

This is fast, simple, and very flavoursome!  Combine it with with some simply prepared vegetables and dinner is on the table in no time!

Chicken With Roasted Cherry Tomato and Basil Sauce
Adapted From Grill by The Australian Women's Weekly

Serves 4

500g cherry tomatoes
5 cloves garlic, unpeeled
2 tbs olive oil
4 x 200g chicken breast fillets
1/2 - 1 cup shredded basil leaves (I used the Philadelphia reduced fat cooking cream cheese)
Salt and Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 200 degrees.

Combine the tomatoes, garlic and olive oil on a baking sheet lined with foil (saves washing up!!).  Roast for approximately 20 minutes, or until the tomatoes soften.  When the garlic is cool enough to handle, peel the skin from the bulbs.

Meanwhile cook the chicken in a large frying pan that has been heated to medium high.  Cook for 5 minutes each side, or until cooked through (will depend on actual thickness of each piece).

Blend or process the garlic and half of the cherry tomatoes until smooth.  Pour into a medium saucepan.  Add the basil and the cream, cook stirring over low heat until heated through.  Season and add the remaining cherry tomatoes back into the sauce. (Note, this can be done really easily in the Thermomix - less washing up!! - Process the tomatoes and garlic on speed 7 for 3 seconds.  Add the cream and basil, cook on 90 degrees for 2 minutes. Add the reserved tomatoes, use reverse speed for 30 seconds to combine).

To serve I added "smashed potatoes" and baby carrots that I baked in foil with a little butter and brown sugar.

Boil the potatoes until tender.  Place on a baking sheet and gently smash.  Spray with olive oil spray and bake in the oven along with the tomatoes and garlic (they will take around 25 minutes to become golden - so add 5 minutes before the tomatoes!!)  The carrots will only take around 5 minutes to cook.

Simplicity at it's best!!!


  1. This looks delicious, roasting tomatoes is amazing. and i love to see simple meals that we all eat, i love that you share your family meals. Those pizzas sounded delish :)

  2. this looks really yummy. I love chicken with sauces.