Chicken Pesto and Mozzarella Tart

Chicken Pesto and Mozzarella Tart

Does  every busy family have a handful of recipes they can make blindfolded (even in their sleep) that will get zero complaints from family members?  We have half a dozen such recipes, but Chicken Pesto and Mozzarella tart is my children’s favourite.pinterest-2To be honest, I could layer anything on a carpet of pastry sprinkled with cheese, and my kids would gobble it up.  But this really is easy and delicious, I promise.


  • 300g Puff Pastry rolled to around 5mm thick
  • 400g cooked chopped chicken
  • 150g pesto
  • 80g grated mozzarella
  • 80g grated mature cheddar
  • 6-8 cherry tomatoes, sliced


This tart can be fridge to oven in 5 minutes.  I use left over roast chicken if I have it (or buy pre cooked).  The pesto can be shop bought, and I have never seen the need to make my own puff pastry.  But by all means go ahead and make all these elements from scratch if you prefer.  I won’t judge either way.

Start by rolling out your puff pastry to around 5mm thick, then mix the pesto into cooked chilled and  chopped chicken.

Chicken pesto 2Next spread the chicken pesto mix over the pastry base.  Go right pretty close to the edges, as you don’t want much of a crust.  (I was rushing here, and should have gone closer to the edges)Chicken pesto 3Sprinkle a mix of the two cheeses over the top,  placing the sliced cherry tomatoes on top.Chicken pesto 4


Finally place in a pre heated oven (180 degrees C) for 20-25 minutes until the pastry round the edges is crispy, and the cheese has melted.Chicken pesto 5The tart should be served straight from the oven with a salad. Chicken pesto 6 In the unlikely event you have leftovers, this is tasty cold or room temperature for a picnic.  
Chicken pesto 9 We tend to have this between the four of us as a family for dinner  –  but if we have a lot of people for lunch, it can stretch to 8. Chicken pesto 10 Chicken pesto 11If you want to make a healthier, you can substitute a very thin pizza dough for the puff pasty.  I use the Jamie Oliver pizza dough recipe, as my go to dough and flat bread recipe.  Its pretty much fool proof.  Next time we use that, Ill adda few pictures to this post.

I’m always looking out for new easy recipes to add to our list of family favourites.  What are yours?

Chicken Pesto

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