Balsamic Chicken With Pears

Recipe by DogAndCatDoc
READY IN: 45mins




  • 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.


“This is from the diet recipe section on and they credit the recipe as adapted from the cookbook The Convent Cook, by Maria Tisdall.”