Roasty red pesto chicken recipe


7 - 9 months

A great recipe for little teeth learning to chew!

The juiciness of roast chicken + punchy pesto tingles tiny taste buds.

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  • Soya free
  • Gluten free
  • Egg free
Roasty Red Pesto Chicken Thumb


  • 1 x small potato (about 115 g/ 4 oz), peeled + thinly sliced into rounds
  • 5 cm/2 inch piece of leek, white only, very thinly sliced
  • 1 x tomato, sliced into rounds ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 x teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 x teaspoon red pesto
  • 1 x skinless chicken breast (about 125 g/4½ oz)
  • Baby’s usual milk (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6. Place a large sheet of aluminium foil in a baking dish + arrange the potato in the middle in an even layer. Top with the leek + tomato, then sprinkle over the oregano + oil. Spoon the pesto over the chicken, then place on top of the tomato.
  2. Gather up the edges of the foil + seal to make a parcel. Bake for 35–40 minutes until the potato is tender + the chicken is cooked through. Carefully open the parcel, remove the chicken + chop into four.
  3. Whiz the remaining contents of the parcel with the chicken in a food processor, or using a h+ blender, until finely chopped, adding a little milk if necessary.
  4. PERFECT PESTO... Homemade red pesto is super-easy! Heat 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil in a nonstick frying pan, fry 2 chopped cloves of garlic and 100 g/3½ oz pine nuts for 2–3 minutes. Blitz 50 g/1¾ oz basil and 6 sun-dried tomatoes (drained and patted dry) in a food processor, then add the garlic mixture, 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, 50 g/1¾ oz Parmesan cheese and 100 ml/3½ fl oz water. Blitz again. (If you leave out the sun-dried tomato, the pesto is green!) Heat through before serving.
Top tip

Chop up all the ingredients finely instead of blending if your little one is 10months+

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