Balsamic Chicken with Pears Recipe

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This wonderful low-fat Balsamic Chicken with Pears recipe has been adapted from the cookbook The Convent Cook, by Maria Tisdall. It is so good!

Balsamic Chicken with Pears

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Balsamic Chicken with Pears Recipe:

Recipe Type: Poultry, Chicken, Pears, Balsamic Vinegar, Cherries
Yields: 6 servings
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 25 min


6 chicken breasts halves (3 to 4-ounce each), boneless and skinless*
Salt and freshly-ground black pepper
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 shallot or green onion, chopped
2 medium fresh pears, peeled, cored, and sliced
1 cup chicken broth or stock (all fat removed)
1/4 cup good-quality aged balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/4 cup dried tart cherries**

* The U.S. Department of Agriculture, as well as food agencies in the United Kingdom and elsewhere, advises against washing poultry. Rinsing chicken will not remove or kill much bacteria, and the splashing of water around the sink can spread the bacteria found in raw chicken. Cooking poultry to 165 degrees Fahrenheit effectively destroys the most common culprits behind food-borne illness.

** Dried cranberries could be substituted for the dried cherries.


Pat chicken dry with paper towels. One at a time, place the chicken breast between two sheets of plastic wrap. Using a meat mallet, carefully pound the chicken breasts to a uniform thickness of approximately 1/2-inch. Season on both sides with salt and pepper.

In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, add the olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the chicken and sauté, turning once, for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, until golden brown. Remove from heat and transfer to a platter, cover, and keep warm.

To the same pan, add the shallot and sauté over medium-high heat for 2 minutes or until soft; decrease heat to medium and add the pears. Continue sautéing, stirring occasionally for 3 to 4 minutes, until the pears are soft and golden brown.

To prepare the sauce, combine chicken broth, balsamic vinegar, sugar, and cornstarch in a small bowl. Pour over the pear mixture; add the cherries. Increase heat to high and simmer, stirring frequently for 6 to 8 minutes or until the sauce thickens slightly.

Return the chicken and any juices to the pan. Bring the mixture back to a simmer; decrease heat to medium. Cook for 10 minutes or until a meat thermometer registers an internal temperature of 165 degrees F (juices will run clear when cut with the tip of a knife). Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Remove chicken from heat.

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Place the chicken on individual serving plates or on a large platter. Using a slotted spoon, mound the fruit over the top. Spoon the sauce over the fruit and around the chicken. Serve immediately.

Makes 6 servings.


Balsamic Chicken with Pears - Nutritional Information

I cannot guarantee the accuracy of the below information. All information is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. You should seek prompt medical care for any specific health issues and consult your physician before starting a new fitness regimen.

Item Amount Fat Grams Carbohydrate Grams Calories WW Points
chicken breast 6 halves 9 0 778.9 16
olive oil 1 tablespoon 14 14 40 2.4
shallot 1 0 1.7 7 .6
pears, medium 2 1.4 50.2 196 4.5
chicken broth 1 cup .5 0 20 .9
balsamic vinegar 1/4 cup 0 2.4 20 .9
sugar 2 tablespoons 0 24 96 2.4
cornstarch 2 teaspoons 0 3.6 26 1
cherries, dried 1/4 cup .4 43 217 4.8
Recipe Totals 25 150.9 1400.9 33.5

Recipe makes 6 servings.

Each Serving Totals - 4 Fat Grams, 26.2 Carbohydrate Grams, 233 calories, 5.5 WW Points

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