Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins
This is from the diet recipe section on whatscookingamerica.com and they credit the recipe as adapted from the cookbook The Convent Cook, by Maria Tisdall.
- 6 (3 -4 ounce) boneless skinless chicken breast halves
- salt & freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 shallot, chopped
- 2 medium pears, peeled, cored, and sliced
- 1 cup chicken broth, low sodium and organic preferred
- 1⁄4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1⁄4 cup dried tart cherry
- Pat chicken dry with paper towels.
- One at a time, place the chicken breast between two sheets of plastic wrap.
- Using a meat mallet, carefully pound the chicken breasts to a uniform thickness of approximately 1/2-inch.
- Season on both sides with salt and pepper.
- In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, add the olive oil.
- When the oil is hot, add the chicken and saute, turning once, for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, until golden brown.
- Remove from heat and transfer to a platter, cover, and keep warm.
- To the same pan, add the shallot and saute over medium-high heat for 2 minutes or until soft; decrease heat to medium and add the pears.
- Continue sauteing, stirring occasionally for 3 to 4 minutes, until the pears are soft and golden brown.
- To prepare the sauce, combine chicken broth, balsamic vinegar, sugar, and cornstarch in a small bowl.
- Pour over the pear mixture; add the cherries. Increase heat to high and simmer, stirring frequently for 6 to 8 minutes or until the sauce thicksn slightly.
- Return the chicken and any juices to the pan. Bring the mixture back to a simmer; decrease heat to medium.
- Cook for 10 minutes or until a meat thermometer registers an internal temperature of 165 degrees F (juices will run clear when cut with the tip of a knife).
- Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Remove chicken from heat.
- Place the chicken on individual serving plates or on a large platter.
- Using a slotted spoon, mound the fruit over the top.
- Spoon the sauce over the fruit and around the chicken.
- Serve immediately.
Saw this in Reviewed, and knew we had a pear (to be used in photo of another recipe), so cut this down for 2 chicken breasts. I probably cut too much of the liquid, since my mashed potatoes didn't need to soak up anything. The taste was good - love shallots and balsamic- and not too sweet from the pear. I, too, had to use craisins instead of dried cherries - but I think the additional tartness was good. I will save this to make again. Thanks for posting.
My husband and I had this for dinner last night and he said that this is a keeper. Instead of the dried tart cherries I use dried cranberries that I had on hand. It was easy to prepare and I served it with mashed potatoes that helped soak up the sauce. I will be making this again.