Chicken with parsley pesto

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parsley pesto chicken
parsley pesto chicken
  • Serves: 4

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  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Mid-price

Woman's Weekly recipe Roast chicken legs with tasty walnut and parsley pesto makes a delicious meal for the whole family


  • 4 chicken legs
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Bag of salad leaves
  • 4 slices of crusty bread
For the pesto:
  • 60g (2oz) walnut pieces
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1 spring onion, trimmed
  • and roughly chopped
  • 60g (2oz) roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground
  • black pepper

The pesto can be made in advance, and any left over kept for another meal. It will stay fresh in the fridge for up to 2 days.


  1. Set the oven to Gas Mark 6 or 200°C to start this chicken leg recipe.
  2. Heat a griddle pan. Brush the chicken legs with 1 tablespoon oil. Press them, skin-side down, on to the hot griddle and cook for 5 minutes until marked. Remove from the griddle and put in a roasting tin. Bake for 25-30 minutes until cooked through.
  3. To make the pesto: Heat a small pan, add the walnuts and cook over a medium heat until they’re lightly toasted. Cool in a bowl, then put into a small food processor with the garlic and spring onion and whizz for a few seconds. Add the parsley, Dijon mustard and oil with 2 tablespoons water. Whizz again to make a dressing and season. Cover and chill.
  4. To serve: Line 4 bowls with the salad leaves, add the hot chicken with a piece of bread and drizzle the pesto over the chicken and salad leaves.

Nutritional information per portion

  • Low
  • Med
  • High
  • Calories 642(kcal)
  • Fat 40.0g
  • Saturates 5.0g

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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