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Chicken with Pear & Sweet Potato

When my husband was deployed to Iraq, one of my girlfriends shared this yummy chicken. When he returned home, I made it a tradition at our house. —Cathryn Eckley, Annandale, Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (5 ounces each)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 medium sweet potato (about 3/4 pound), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons water, divided
  • 1 medium ripe pear, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh tarragon or 1/4 teaspoon dried tarragon


  • Pound chicken breasts with a meat mallet to 1/2-in. thickness; sprinkle with pepper and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  • In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add chicken; cook until no longer pink, 3-4 minutes on each side. Remove from pan; keep warm.
  • In same pan, combine sweet potato and 1/2 cup water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 5 minutes. Stir in pear; cook, covered, until potato is tender, 4-5 minutes longer. Add vinegar, mustard and tarragon; stir in remaining water and heat through. Serve with chicken.
Nutrition Facts
4 ounces cooked chicken with 3/4 cup potato mixture : 301 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 78mg cholesterol, 610mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 4g fiber), 30g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.
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  • homemadewithlove
    Oct 20, 2016

    I usually like red wine vinegar and sweet potatoes, but did not care for this recipe.

  • bjsilve0
    May 4, 2016

    Maybe it was the red wine vinegar but there was something that just made this taste ICK. Between the pear and the sweet potato I thought this would be on the sweet side but it wasn't. It just did not taste good.

  • DianeC23
    Jan 3, 2016

    The chicken was very tender and easy to make. The pear was tasty, though I didn't care for the sweet potato. Both took a bit longer to cook than listed, so I returned the chicken to the pan for about five minutes at the end. I might make this one again, minus the sweet potato.