Chicken with Walnuts & Sage

This is a lovely dish for a special occasion & takes a little effort but it is definitely worth it! Nuts can be expensive but a large bag of walnuts have many uses so will be a great addition to your store cupboard.

Serve 2 approx £1.41 per serving

Prep time 1hr 30 mins (includes chilling time) Cooking time 25 mins






2 chicken breasts

50g walnuts

1 small onion, finely chopped

1 1/2tsp dried sage

salt & pepper



Heat the oven to 140 Fan/160C/Gas 3 & put the walnuts on a baking tray. Place them in the oven for 10 minutes then set aside to cool.


Heat 1tbsp of oil over medium heat & cook the onion for 5 minutes then add the sage, stir then cook until the onion is soft & translucent. Remove from the heat & set aside to cool.

To prepare the chicken lay a sheet of cling film on to a chopping board & place one of the chicken breasts on top. Lay another sheet of cling film on top.

Using a rolling pin bash the chicken out to an even thickness (about 1cm).


Repeat with the other chicken breast then set aside while you make the filling.

Take the cooled walnuts & onion & place in a food processor or mini chopper & blitz until you have a spreadable but still slightly chunky texture.

Lay a sheet of foil on your worktop & place one of the flattened chicken breasts on top. Spread half of the sage & walnut mixture on to the chicken leaving about 1cm around the edge. 

Carefully roll up the chicken & wrap the roll as tightly as you can in the foil. Twist the ends so it looks like a Christmas cracker. Pop them in the fridge to chill for about an hour (or until you need them).

Pre-heat the oven to 180Fan/200C/Gas 6 & remove the chicken from the fridge to allow it to come up to room temperature.

Put the wrapped chicken into a baking dish or tin & place in the oven for 10 minutes.

After 10minutes open up the foil & place back in the oven for 15 minutes.




Once cooked, remove the chicken from the oven & allow it to rest for 5 minutes before slicing & serving.

Serve with your favourite vegetable &/or potato side dish.

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