Springtime always has me anticipating summertime. As our weather becomes warmer there are days when you just don’t want to be in the kitchen. Add in weeknights after a long day at work, and you also need something fast and easy to make. Cooking chicken breasts, whether it’s broiled, grilled, or cooked on the stove top is a quick solution. If finding new ways to present or pair chicken is something you’re interested in, then this naturally gluten free chicken recipe is for you. It’s easy, elegant, low-carb, satisfying, and delicious.
Caramelized Pears and Chicken Recipe (Naturally Gluten Free)
An easy and fast chicken recipe served atop salad greens mixed with optional fruit, aside a caramelized pear; topped with grated cheese. Toss with a vinaigrette or your favorite creamy dressing.
- 2 whole chicken breasts or 4 halves, pounded to 1/2-inch thickness
- Cooking oil, to coat chicken or for pan
- 4 pears, rinsed well
- 1/2 cup sugar (or evaporated cane juice, for refined-sugar-free)
- 1/2 cup water
- Soft salad greens, torn (not iceberg lettuce)
- Additional fruit such as peaches (optional)
- Vinegar and oil for dressing
- Sesame seeds or parmesan cheese, for topping (Kraft brand)
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Either cut the pears in half lengthwise, widthwise, or leave whole (remove cores if halving); and set aside.
- Preheat a large skillet on medium heat for the pears; and preheat a pan with oil for the chicken.
- Dip the pears in sugar; add to the heated pan; and cook until caramelized and brown, approximately 8 minutes.
- Add the chicken to the other skillet; cook on each side for approximately 6 minutes or until no longer pink.
- Once the pears have caramelized, add the water; cover and cook until pears are tender, approximately 5 to 10 minutes, depending on how ripe they were); cook until the sauce thickens.
- In a large bowl, add salad greens, add vinegar, oil, salt, and pepper or with your favorite dressing. Add greens to each plate and additional fruit, if using.
- Slice the chicken diagonally; layer on the edge of the greens.
- Sprinkle with parmesan cheese or sesame seeds; or both.
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