TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) sliced pears
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • Hot cooked rice, optional


  1. Drain pears, reserving juice in a 1-cup measuring cup. Add enough water to measure 3/4 cup. Set pears aside. In a small bowl, combine the pear juice mixture, apple juice, brown sugar, soy sauce and garlic powder; set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, saute chicken in oil for 4-6 minutes or until chicken juices run clear. Add parsley and pear juice mixture. Cover and simmer for 5-7 minutes, or until heated through, stirring occasionally.
  3. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and cold water until smooth; gradually pour into skillet. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1 minute or until thickened. Stir in walnuts and pears. Serve with rice if desired. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Pear Walnut Chicken in Weeknight Cooking Made Easy Annual 2005, p117

Reviews for Pear Walnut Chicken

5 Star
4 Star
3 Star
2 Star
1 Star
Please Log In or Join to add a rating and review.
Click stars to rate
Any changes to your rating or review will appear where you originally posted your review
Loading Image
Sort By :
maryannet User ID: 1456288 59182
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2013

"I used fresh pears and added green beans"

kimelizabeth47 User ID: 4989417 135440
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2010

"forgot to rate this! It's great, just a tad too sweet and that's easy to fix. Like I said prior, maybe just half as much brown sugar! Also, use the soy sauce substitute to keep sodium to a minimum"

kimelizabeth47 User ID: 4989417 206241
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2010

"This was a little too sweet for our taste so next time I'm going to cut down on the brown sugar. We also used the soy sauce substitute recipe that is talked about by another rater. It worked well"

donovansquared User ID: 4372541 109986
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2010

"This was a good recipe. I didn't have parsley so I don't know if the flavor would have been any different with it. It tasted like a nice honey terriyaki chicken. I thought it was going to be a little sweeter (not terriyaki tasting) because of the name of it. I think I'll try it again, but without the garlic powder and see if it's the taste I was hoping for. The pears and walnuts were great in it! I used a few pecans because I didn't have enough walnuts and they were great too."

sweetpea5 User ID: 1056647 117247
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2009

"absolutely GREAT!!!!!!!"

z00keeper User ID: 1842086 148217
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2008

"Soy Sauce Substitute

No, it's not real soy sauce. But i think you might be surprised how little you'll notice the difference from the 300 mg or more per tablespoon stuff. This was sent to me by a reader of the newsletter, who said it came from a better homes and gardens low sodium cookbook. Ironically, that must be the only book they ever published that i don't have. I usually make a double or triple batch. It keeps well in the refrigerator, and a half a cup never seems to go very far.
2 T Sodium Free Beef Bouillon
2 t Red Wine Vinegar
1 t Molasses
1/8 t Ground Ginger
ds Black Pepper
ds Garlic Powder
3/4 c Water
In small sauce pan, combine and boil gently uncovered about 5 minutes or til mixture is reduced to 1/2 cup. Store in refrigerator. Stir before using.
Yield: 8 Servings
Sodium Category: SodiumFree
Diabetic Exchanges
0 Starch
0 Fruit
0 Milk
0 Other Carbohydrates
0 Vegetable
0 Lean Meat
0 Very Lean Meat
0 Fat
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Helping
Servings Per Recipe 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 10
Calories from Fat 0
% Daily Values *
Total Fat 0 gr
Saturated Fat 0 gr
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 gr
Monounsaturated Fat 0 gr
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 5 mg
Potassium 14 mg
Carbohydrates 2 gr
Dietary Fiber 0gr
Protein 0 gr 0%
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on
a 2000 calorie diet"

kassy_51 User ID: 3573250 109814
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2008

"I agree with others who have commented on this recipe. Soy sauce has way to much sodium in it. It does sound good, but I wouldn't consider it a low sodium recipe."

nanato20 User ID: 2340460 55116
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2008

"how can those of us on sodium restriction use this recipe unless we know the sodium content? Soy sauce is not allowed on low sodium.."

sgperez User ID: 2803016 117215
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2008

"Sorry, any soy sauce is a definite "no" to my low sodium diet. There's a lot of sodium in soy sauce. I'm surprised this recipe calls for it and is considered a low sodium option. What is the sodium content of this recipe? It sounds good, but I would hesitate to make and eat it.


Sharon8585 User ID: 1787232 63177
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2008

"It would be very helpful to know the sodium contents of this recipe. Any special "diet" recipe should include its nutritional info."

Loading Image