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Chicken In Pear Sauce

 Chicken In Pear Sauce
Pairing poultry with pears brought applause from my husband and four growing children. Simple enough for everyday meals and ideal for company, this dish is a year-round standout. We enjoy it with boiled potatoes. -Andrea Lunsford, Spokane, Washington
4 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 5 thick-cut bacon strips, diced
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 2 to 3 medium ripe pears, peeled and diced
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 1/4 cup minced chives

Directions

  • Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. In a large skillet over medium
  • heat, cook chicken in oil 5-6 minutes on each side or until a meat
  • thermometer reaches 170°.
  • Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, cook bacon until crisp. Drain,
  • reserving 1 tablespoon drippings; set bacon aside. Gradually stir
  • broth into the drippings, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Bring
  • to a boil. Boil, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Add pears; return to a
  • boil. Boil, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until pears are tender.
  • Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; add the chives. Gradually
  • stir into pear sauce; bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes
  • or until thickened and bubbly. Stir in bacon. Serve with chicken.
  • Yield: 4 servings.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 320 calories, 24 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 35 mg cholesterol, 937 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 10 g protein.