Ginger Pear Chicken

Ginger Pear Chicken

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 40 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Yield: 6 chicken breasts
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
316 Calories
11g Fat
15g Carbs
39g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 316
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 113mg 38%
Sodium 372mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 39g
Vitamin C 3mg 17%
Calcium 33mg 3%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 427mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This simple recipe captures the best flavors of fall. Ginger pear chicken is a skillet main dish recipe that pairs boneless, skinless chicken breasts with fresh ginger root, onion, and sliced pears. Chicken breasts cook quickly, and so do pears, making this dish fast to prepare.

The pears add a wonderful sweet note to the dish that complements the spicy ginger and sweet onions. Serve this dish over hot cooked rice or pasta to soak up the wonderful sauce.

Make sure that you purchase chicken breasts that are less than 1/2 pound for this recipe. Larger breasts come from larger chickens and should be cooked slowly, in the slow cooker or in the oven for hours, to become tender. 

A green or fruit salad and some toasted bread rubbed with garlic are the perfect complement to this simple fall meal.


Steps to Make It

  1. Sprinkle chicken breasts with salt and pepper and dredge each in flour.

  2. In a heavy skillet, combine olive oil and butter over medium heat.

  3. When foamy, add chicken. Brown on both sides but do not cook through; cook about 5 minutes total. Set chicken aside.​

  4. Increase heat under the pan to medium-high. Add ginger root and onion to drippings remaining in skillet. Cook and stir until tender, about 4 to 5 minutes.

  5. Add chicken broth to the pan; bring to a boil.

  6. Return chicken to skillet along with pear slices; reduce heat to medium-low.

  7. Simmer for 6 to 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and sauce is slightly thickened. Serve over couscous or hot cooked rice.

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