Caramelized Pears and Chicken Recipe (Naturally Gluten Free)

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.

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Caramelized Pears and Chicken Recipe (Naturally Gluten Free)

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Yield: Serves 4.

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.

Ingredients:

  • 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

Instructions:

  1. Either cut the pears in half lengthwise, widthwise, or leave whole (remove cores if halving); and set aside.
  2. Preheat a large skillet on medium heat for the pears; and preheat a pan with oil for the chicken.
  3. Dip the pears in sugar; add to the heated pan; and cook until caramelized and brown, approximately 8 minutes.
  4. Add the chicken to the other skillet; cook on each side for approximately 6 minutes or until no longer pink.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Slice the chicken diagonally; layer on the edge of the greens.
  8. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese or sesame seeds; or both.

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