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
  • large pinch of salt
  • large pinch of pepper

Basil Oil:

  • 4.5 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 large handfuls of basil
  • large pinch of salt
  • large pinch of 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°
  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 (making sure chicken is close to the top)
  5. Take out chicken, transfer to a chopping board and cover with foil and a tea cloth and rest, put tomatoes back in the oven at 200° for 5 minutes
  6. Spoon pesto over chicken and decorate with tomatoes