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Balsamic Chicken & Pears

Pears and dried cherries go amazingly well with chicken and balsamic vinegar. It’s easy enough to make for a weeknight meal, but you can also dress it up for company. —Marcia Whitney, Gainesville, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 medium unpeeled pears, each cut into 8 wedges
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries or dried cranberries


  • Sprinkle chicken breasts with salt and pepper. In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook until a thermometer reads 165°, 8-10 minutes. Remove.
  • Meanwhile, stir together next 5 ingredients until blended. Pour into skillet; add pears and dried cherries. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat and simmer, covered, until pears are tender, about 5 minutes. Return chicken to skillet; simmer, uncovered, until heated through, 3-5 minutes. If desired, sprinkle with additional minced rosemary.
Nutrition Facts
1 chicken breast half with 1/3 cup sauce and 4 pear wedges: 335 calories, 8g fat (1g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 670mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 3g fiber), 36g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1/2 fruit.
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  • Shirley1950
    Oct 21, 2020

    Any thoughts on using canned pears? Finding good fresh pears an be a problem. I think I'd cooked the sauce with the dried cherries for 5 minutes, add the chicken for 3 to 5 minutes, then stir in the pears until just heated through.

  • Andrea
    Sep 27, 2020

    My husband and I loved this recipe! I didn't have white balsamic so I used what I had, which was blueberry . I put a little asian twist to it because I used asian pears. Seasoned the chicken with a bit of 5-spice powder and a couple gratings of fresh ginger. Served it with farro/rice/quinoa combo and broccoli --- so good! Thank you for sharing it

  • zippee-0415
    Dec 12, 2018

    Wonderful recipe, we enjoyed every bite.

  • Butcher2boy
    Feb 18, 2018

    My favorite combo balsamic vinegar and chicken. The pears and dried cranberries make an interesting flavor. I think good enough for casual company.

  • Matthew
    Mar 5, 2017

    Great recipe! Made it for Valentine's Day and my wife loved it! The cooked pears are such a nice touch and add a sweet flavor along with the white balsamic vinegar sauce. Only change I made was I used a dried cranberry and almond mix. For a side I made a cumin rice pilaf which can also be found on this site. Definitely plan on making this one again! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  • browns19fan
    Jan 24, 2017

    Excellent! I made some changes, based on the number of diners (2) and existing supplies (dried cranberries vs. cherries, skinless boneless thighs vs. breasts). A definite keeper.

  • homemadewithlove
    Jan 2, 2017

    Great recipe, loved the pears and cherries! I didnt have white balsamic but used regular balsamic.

  • Remenec
    Dec 9, 2016

    I loved this recipe! So tasty with the pears and dried cherries! It was a little time consuming for a weeknight dinner, but worth the effort! My whole family enjoyed this delicious chicken recipe.

  • aug2295
    Nov 29, 2016

    Easy and tasty!