Pesto stuffed chicken with tomato and watermelon salsa

I can never resist a good bunch of watercress. I saw some the other day in the market but it looked slightly off.Ever since I have been thinking about it and the veg mongers had some lovely looking cress and I knew I had to buy some. Watercress is bursting with flavour and it is full of nutrients, read more abut it here.


Tomato and watermelon salsa

preparation time 5-10 minutes 

cooking time 0 minutes 

serves 4


  • 6 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 1/4 slices of watermelon
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 avocado
  • a good pinch of seasalt
  • chopped coriander

Chop the tomatoes fairly fine along with the watermelon and avocado. Place in a bowl, add the lemon juice, sea salt and the coriander. Mix and let stand for a few minutes before serving.


Watercress pesto

preparation time 5 minutes 

cooking time 0 minutes 

serves 4


  • a bunch of watercress, cleaned and patted dry
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 dl or 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan or Manchego cheese
  • a handful of macadamia nuts
  • good extra virgin olive oil

Chop the watercress and place in a food processor. Add the peeled garlic clove, roughly chopped with the macadamia nuts and a little olive oil. Add more oil and set aside until ready to use.


Parmesan crusted, pesto stuffed chicken breast

preparation time 10 minutes

cooking time 18 minutes, 3 minutes for pan frying and 15 minutes in the oven

oven 180C or 350F for 7 minutes and turn the heat up to 210C or 410F for the last 8 minutes

serves 2


  • 2 medium sized chicken breasts
  • 4 tbsp watercress pesto
  • 1/2 dl or 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp paprika powder
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • oil for cooking

Rinse the chicken breasts and pat them dry. Cut a pocket along the chicken breast and stuff it with the pesto.




Grate the parmesan and mix with the sesame seeds, the paprika powder and the cracked black pepper.




Press the chicken in to the cheese mix before placing the chicken breasts in a hot pan. Brown the chicken before placing it in the oven for 15 minutes.




I made some mash to go with the chicken and mixed it with some spinach. The spinach is still growing in the garden, one of the few things the foxes seems to not have touched at all!





The tomato and watermelon salsa made the whole dish very fresh. The parmesan gave the chicken a nice crust and the pesto added lots of flavour.




The whole dish was ready in 30 minutes, quicker than the take away guys would come around!


I am bringing this to the always jam packed and fun filled foodie party around Fiesta Friday! Hosted by Angie who has brought some delicious apple pies and co hosted by the talented Prudy, Butter Basil and Breadcrumbs and Naina, Spice in the City. Prudy has brought one of the most comforting foods ever, Shepherds Pie and Naina brought a delicious looking Murgh Kofta Curry, come and join us or just have a look!






12 Responses to “Pesto stuffed chicken with tomato and watermelon salsa”
  1. Oh my that looks so good!!

  2. Your recipe makes me want to take some pesto I have frozen (my basil is gone for the season) and try this dish. Pesto makes any recipe taste good and the salsa is a great finishing touch 🙂

    • petra08 says:

      hi Judi
      Thank you 🙂 I completely agree, pesto is always good and it does bring a lot of lovely flavour to just about everything!

  3. Happy Fiesta Friday, Petra! Oh wow.. I don’t even know where to begin!! Do I start with that gorgeous tomato and watermelon salsa, that is packed with such sweet ingredients… that would balance the sharpness of the watercress pesto! I’m so excited about this lovely dish.. I’m printing the recipes as I’m typing, so that I can add it to my very big list of recipes to try! Thank you so much for sharing.. Delicious. ❤

    • petra08 says:

      hi Prudy
      Thank you so much 🙂 Am glad you like it! The salsa worked very well with the pesto and well, chicken goes with pretty much anything 🙂
      I am the same with the recipes to cook, so much lovely food and so little time! x

  4. chefjulianna says:

    I love, love, love this, Petra! You have really outdone yourself and I am bookmarking it right now! Thanks so much for bringing this delight to FF! 😀

    • petra08 says:

      hi Julianna
      I am glad you like it 🙂 The salsa or pesto works on their own as well and food is always better when shared! x

  5. First, I love love love the look of that chicken, so crisp yet succulent and the things you have done here with the salsa and the pesto! The entire dish looks mouthwatering! Thanks for sharing at FF 🙂

  6. Arl's World says:

    This looks wonderful …my kind of meal. 🙂

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