Balsamic Chicken & Pears Recipe
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Balsamic Chicken & Pears Recipe

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Pears and dried cherries go amazingly well with chicken and balsamic vinegar. We use them to make a clean-your-plate meal for together time. —Marcia Whitney, Gainesville, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 medium unpeeled pears, each cut into 8 wedges
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries or dried cranberries

Nutritional Facts

1 chicken breast half with 1/3 cup sauce and 4 pear wedges: 335 calories, 8g fat (1g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 670mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 3g fiber), 36g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1/2 fruit.


  1. Sprinkle chicken breasts with salt and pepper. In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook until a thermometer reads 165°, 8-10 minutes. Remove.
  2. Meanwhile, stir together next five ingredients until blended. Pour into skillet; add pears and dried cherries. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat and simmer, covered, until pears are tender, about 5 minutes. Return chicken to skillet; simmer, uncovered, until heated through, 3-5 minutes. If desired, sprinkle with additional minced rosemary. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Balsamic Chicken & Pears in Taste of Home December 2016

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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Matthew User ID: 9077440 262072
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2017

"Great recipe! Made it for Valentine's Day and my wife loved it! The cooked pears are such a nice touch and add a sweet flavor along with the white balsamic vinegar sauce. Only change I made was I used a dried cranberry and almond mix. For a side I made a cumin rice pilaf which can also be found on this site. Definitely plan on making this one again! Thanks for sharing the recipe!"

browns19fan User ID: 919833 260212
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2017

"Excellent! I made some changes, based on the number of diners (2) and existing supplies (dried cranberries vs. cherries, skinless boneless thighs vs. breasts). A definite keeper."

homemadewithlove User ID: 4311884 259115
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2017

"Great recipe, loved the pears and cherries! I didnt have white balsamic but used regular balsamic."

Remenec User ID: 6059530 257884
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2016

"I loved this recipe! So tasty with the pears and dried cherries! It was a little time consuming for a weeknight dinner, but worth the effort! My whole family enjoyed this delicious chicken recipe."

aug2295 User ID: 4631582 257448
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2016

"easy and tasty!"

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