Archive of BBC Food Recipes

Pesto lemon chicken

Prep time overnight
Cook time overnight
Serves 6
From Mary Berry's Absolute Favourites
Mary's take on the classic Mediterranean tricolore salad but with cucumber instead of mozzarella and added chicken. Each serving provides 382kcal, 27g protein, 12g carbohydrate (of which 10g sugars), 24g fat (of which 4g saturates), 6g fibre and 0.6g salt.


  1. To make the dressing, put the pesto, mayonnaise and lemon juice in a large bowl, season with salt and pepper and mix to combine. Add the chicken and stir again. If possible, leave it to marinate for several hours or overnight.

  2. Place the avocado slices in a separate bowl, pour over the lemon juice and toss so the avocado is completely coated.

  3. Cut the cucumber in half lengthways, use a teaspoon to remove and discard the seeds and then peel using a potato peeler. Cut into crescent-shaped slices and arrange these in layers with the avocado slices, tomato halves and pesto chicken. Season with salt and pepper. (If assembling ahead, do not add salt until just before serving.)

  4. Scatter over the toasted pine nuts, micro salad and basil leaves to finish.


  • 3 cooked chicken breasts, skinned, boned, halved horizontally and sliced into thin strips
  • 2 large ripe avocados, peeled and sliced
  • ½ lemon, juice only
  • ½ cucumber
  • 18 baby plum tomatoes, halved lengthways

For the dressing

  • 4 tbsp fresh green basil pesto
  • 6 tbsp light mayonnaise
  • ½ lemon, juice only
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

To serve

  • 25g/1oz pine nuts, toasted
  • micro salad
  • basil leaves

Shopping List

Pesto lemon chicken

Fruit and vegetables

Tins, packets and jars

Cooking ingredients

Meat, fish and poultry

This link may stop to work if/when the BBC removes the recipes
This site is under development - You can use it, but some things are not completed and may not be quite right!