Baked Chicken with Spinach, Pears and Blue Cheese

Baked Chicken with Spinach, Pears and Blue Cheese

Serves 4

The fall flavor combination of pears and blue cheese brings a seasonal element to an otherwise simple chicken dish. Great for a dinner party! To learn how to make this recipe, watch the Secret Ingredient cooking show.

Ingredients: 
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 4 cups (1 large bunch) loosely packed spinach (not baby), washed, dried, stems removed
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 ripe Anjou pears, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 3/4 cup blue cheese crumbles
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Method: 

Preheat oven to 375°F. Generously season each chicken breast with salt and pepper. In a large, oven-proof skillet heat 1 tablespoon olive oil and sear breasts 2 to 3 minutes each side until lightly golden. Place pan in oven and bake until chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes.

While chicken is cooking, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large pan over medium heat and sauté red onion until just softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add spinach and toss until wilted. Season with salt and pepper and transfer to a large platter or divide evenly between 4 plates. Wipe out pan and heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil with vinegar. Add pears and gently heat until warm. Stir in parsley. Arrange cooked chicken breasts on spinach. Top with warmed pear slices and about 2 tablespoons blue cheese per breast.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:380 calories (200 from fat), 22g total fat, 27g saturated fat, 95mg cholesterol, 640mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (4g dietary fiber, 6g sugar), 34g protein

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