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Chicken with Caramelized Pears Recipe

Chicken with Caramelized Pears Recipe

Tender chicken gets an upscale treatment in this simple entree with sweetened pears. Remember this idea—it also works with pork loin chops and thinly sliced apples. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium red onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 medium pears, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinaigrette
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 packages (8.8 ounces each) ready-to-serve long grain and wild rice

Directions

  • 1. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, brown chicken in butter; remove and keep warm. In the same skillet, saute onion until tender. Add pears and brown sugar; cook 3 minutes longer. Stir in vinaigrette and thyme.
  • 2. Return chicken to skillet. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 4-6 minutes or until chicken juices run clear. Meanwhile, cook rice according to package directions. Serve with chicken. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 chicken breast half with 1/3 cup pear mixture and 1 cup rice equals 567 calories, 20 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 117 mg cholesterol, 1,330 mg sodium, 58 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 39 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.