Chicken in parma ham with Mediterranean vegetables

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Chicken in Parma ham with Mediterranean vegetables

Serves 4


For the Mediterranean vegetables:
2 tbsp olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 garlic clove, crushed
10 basil leaves, plus extra to serve
15 cherry tomatoes
1 courgette, halved and sliced
2 red peppers, deseeded, chopped
1 red onion, cut into wedges
8 baby potatoes


For the chicken:
4 tsp fresh pesto
4 chicken fillets
8 slices Parma ham


To serve:
Fresh basil
Black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas mark 4.
  2. Make the dressing for the vegetables by combining the olive oil, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, garlic and basil leaves in a blender. Whizz to combine.
  3. Put the tomatoes, courgette, peppers and red onion in a large roasting tin. Pour the dressing over the vegetables and toss. Season with salt and pepper. Roast the vegetables for 20-25 minutes.
  4. Cut a small pocket into each chicken fillet and add one teaspoon of pesto. Wrap each fillet in two slices of Parma ham.
  5. Put the potatoes in a small saucepan of cold water. Bring the water to the boil, lower the heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the potatoes are just tender. Drain the potatoes and slice in half.
  6. Take the vegetables out of the oven and add the potatoes, tossing them with the vegetables and the dressing. Make four spaces amongst the vegetables and add the chicken fillets, with the seam sides of the ham slices facing down. Spoon some of the juices from the vegetables over the chicken.
  7. Return the tray to the oven for another 20 minutes or until the chicken is completely cooked throughout. Scatter with chopped basil and black pepper to serve.

Per serving 383kcals, 17.1g fat (3.1g saturated), 18.6g carbs (5.2g sugars), 39.7g protein, 3g fibre, 0.133g sodium

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