Pesto Stuffed Chicken Thighs

"A favourite of mine for an informal dinner party. Change the basil pesto for the sun-dried tomato version for a variation!"
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  • Spread a little pesto under the skin of each chicken thigh.
  • Heat 2 Tbsp of oil in a heavy based saucepan and sauté chicken in batches until lightly browned all over.
  • Remove with slotted spoon and reserve whilst sautéing the remainder.
  • Heat remaining oil in pan add onions and sauté for 3 minutes.
  • Stir in tomatoes and tomato puree.
  • Add basil leaves and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Stir in white wine and simmer for 5 minutes more.
  • Season to taste.
  • Lay peppers in a large ovenproof dish,pour over tomato sauce, top with chicken and sprinkle paprika over.
  • Bake at 375°F/190°C for 25 minutes.
  • Garnish with some more basil leaves.
  • Pesto Sauce: Liquidise all ingredients.

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  1. Zarathusthra
    The tasty and delicious dish even if the contents of the saturated fat and cholesterol is slightly disturbing.So nothing for the anhedonistic enviromentalists.
  2. gailanng
    A wickedly delicious dish and a good way to squeeze in your daily dose of wine. Made for Alphabet Soup Tag.
  3. lana.crowe
    Great meal! I made this for my husband and his family for valentine's day - what a hit!!! I only wish I would have taken a picture of my masterpiece!!!


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