Halloumi Chicken

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Ingredients (for 2ppl):

Main Ingredients:

  • 2 x chicken breasts
  • 225g block of halloumi cheese
  • 2 cartons red cherry tomatoes
  • 4 large basil leaves
  • 4.5 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp pepper

Basil Oil:

  • 4.5 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 large handfuls of basil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • Juice from half a lemon

Goes Well With:

  • Roast Potatoes
  • Seasonal Vegetables

Utensils:

  • Oven tray
  • Blender

Instructions

Best if chicken is brined (45mins - 4h)

Prepare (3mins):

  1. Cut halloumi into thick slices
  2. Put olive oil, salt, pepper, tomatoes and chicken into a bowl and mix

Cooking (30mins):

  1. Put chicken on baking tray, then two large basil leaves on top and a slice of halloumi on top with tomatoes around the chicken
  2. Bake in oven for 15 minutes at 175 degrees
  3. While chicken is cooking, add the olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper and lemon juice into a blender and blitz for 30s, add basil leaves and blitz for a further 30s till pesto consistency, keep aside
  4. Change oven to grill for 10 minutes
  5. Take out chicken, cover and rest and put tomatoes back in the oven at 200 degrees for 5 minutes
  6. Spoon pesto over chicken and decorate with tomatoes