Tapenade Chicken with Baked Tomato Chutney

Tapenade, Parma ham and tomatoes add a Mediterranean touch to chicken in Lesley Waters's delicious recipe
By Lesley Waters
Tapenade Chicken with Baked Tomato Chutney
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Effort: medium



  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tbsp black olive tapenade
  • 4 large slices of Parma ham
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 bunch of watercress, or wild rocket, to garnish

For the baked tomato chutney:

  • 675 g plum tomatoes
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tbsp demerara sugar
  • 2 dried chillies
  • salt, and freshly ground black pepper


1. First make the baked tomato chutney. Preheat the oven to 220°C/gas 7.

2. Place the tomatoes in a shallow ovenproof dish and spoon over the olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Scatter over the sugar and chillies and season well with salt and freshly ground pepper.

3. Bake the tomatoes in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until slightly charred and split, but still whole. Serve warm or cold.

4. Place the chicken breasts onto a chopping board. Remove the small fillets from the underside of the breasts and set aside. Make a vertical cut down the length of the chicken breast, but not all the way through to create a pocket. Season all over with black pepper.

5. Place a tablespoon of the tapenade into the pocket of each chicken breast. Cover with the small fillet and fold over the sides of the pocket.

6. Wrap a piece of Parma ham around the middle of each chicken breast and tuck a bay leaf under the Parma ham. Brush lightly with olive oil.

7. Heat a large frying pan. Add the chicken and sear for 2 minutes on each side until golden. If your frying pan is ovenproof transfer to the oven and roast the chicken for 12-15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Alternatively transfer onto a roasting tray.

8. Serve the chicken with the baked tomato chutney and rocket.

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