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Balsamic-Fig Glazed Pear Topped Chicken Breast

This entrée blends sweet fresh pears with rich aged balsamic vinegar and dried figs for a delightfully savory dinner meal.
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 4 oz goat cheese
  • 3/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp fresh minced garlic
  • 4 Comice Pears cored and cut in half
  • 1 1/3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups dried figs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 6 boneless, skineless chicken breast halves
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper

Instructions

Filling & Fig Glaze

  • Mix goat cheese, thyme, and garlic until blended.
  • Place 1 rounded tablespoon goat cheese mixture into center of each pear half.
  • Puree chicken broth, figs, vinegar, and sugar in batches in a blender until smooth.
  • Pour into strainer set over a bowl.
  • Press liquid (sauce) into the bowl and discard solids.
  • Pour half of the fig sauce into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan.

Chicken

  • Place chicken breasts over fig sauce in the pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Place a filled pear half cut side down over each chicken breast and drizzle with remaining fig sauce.
  • Cover pan with foil and bake in conventional oven at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
  • Remove foil and continue to bake, basting occasionally, 30 to 40 minutes until chicken breasts reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees.
  • Cut chicken breast and pear in half to serve.
  • Spoon sauce over pear. Garnish with cut fig and thyme sprig.