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Baked Chicken With Tarragon, Mustard and Pear

Baked Chicken With Tarragon, Mustard and Pear 4.000

Julia Ewan

Oct 24, 2007

About 75 percent of all the pears grown in the United States are Bartletts, but this autumnal recipe calls for a couple of the squat and sweet Anjou variety, shown in the accompanying photo. The skin of a ripe Anjou is matte; if your pears are shiny, place them in a paper bag for a day or two to ripen.

Serve with couscous or steamed/sauteed baby bok choy.

Servings: 4
  • 2 (8 ounces) boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 2 medium Anjou pears
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced tarragon leaves (may substitute 1 teaspoon dried tarragon)
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon-style mustard, or to taste
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Place the chicken breast halves between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and pound to an even thickness of 1/2 to 3/4 inch. Cut each one in half, creating 4 evenly sized portions. Peel and core the pears; cut into 8 slices each. Set aside.

Melt the butter in a large, ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Add the cayenne pepper to taste, the tarragon, balsamic vinegar, mustard and salt and pepper to taste, stirring to combine. Add the chicken and quickly turn over so that both sides are well coated. Remove from the heat and arrange the pear slices around the chicken. Transfer to the oven and bake for about 15 minutes, or just until the chicken is cooked through. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board; cut so that each piece fans into 4 or 5 slices, and place on individual plates. Divide the pears and sauce equally; serve hot.

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Adapted from "Pears," by Linda West Eckhardt (Chronicle, 1996).

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 187

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 7g 11%

Saturated Fat: 4g 20%

Cholesterol: 58mg 19%

Sodium: 254mg 11%

Total Carbohydrates: 13g 4%

Dietary Fiber: 3g 12%

Sugar: n/a

Protein: 17g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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