Baked Chicken with Spinach, Pears, and Blue Cheese

Posted October 5th, 2011 in Recipes.

One of our Members, Laura, submitted this recipe for our community to enjoy. She received the recipe from Whole Foods Market in an email. Thanks, Laura!!! [click here for the link to the original recipe on Whole Foods’ site]

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 to 6 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

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.

Nutrition
Per serving (About 8.5oz/245g-wt.): 380 calories (200 from fat), 22g total fat, 27g saturated fat, 34g protein, 14g total carbohydrate (4g dietary fiber, 6g sugar), 95mg cholesterol, 640mg sodium

2 thoughts on “Baked Chicken with Spinach, Pears, and Blue Cheese”

  1. Paula Springer says:

    I cannot wait to try this recipe!

    1. Finn says:

      Paula, let us know when you try it! I thought it was delicious 🙂

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