Baked Chicken with Spinach, Pears, and Blue Cheese

Baked Chicken with Spinach, Pears, and Blue Cheese
Contributor

Whole Food Market

The fall flavor combination of pears and blue cheese brings a seasonal element to an otherwise simple chicken dish.

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Ingredients

  • boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3  Tablespoons  extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/2  Cup  diced red onion
  • 4  Cups  loosely packed spinach (not baby), washed, dried, stems removed
  • 2  Tablespoons  apple cider vinegar
  • ripe Anjou pears, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 2  Tablespoons  chopped parsley
  • 3/4  Cups  blue cheese crumbles

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Generously season each chicken breast with salt and pepper. In a large, ovenproof 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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
144g
100%
Sugar
16g
18%
Saturated Fat
118g
100%
Cholesterol
11mg
4%
Carbohydrate, by difference
60g
46%
Protein
18g
39%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
8mg
11%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
9µg
10%
Calcium, Ca
146mg
15%
Choline, total
44mg
10%
Copper, Cu
2mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
34g
100%
Folate, total
22µg
6%
Iron, Fe
7mg
39%
Magnesium, Mg
180mg
56%
Manganese, Mn
6mg
100%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Pantothenic acid
2mg
40%
Phosphorus, P
420mg
60%
Selenium, Se
37µg
67%
Sodium, Na
309mg
21%
Water
13g
0%
Zinc, Zn
4mg
50%

Baked Chicken Shopping Tip

When buying chicken, make sure to ask for it to be placed in a separate plastic bag, to minimize the risk of cross-contamination.

Baked Chicken Cooking Tip

Wash everything that chicken touches with soap and hot water.

Baked Chicken Wine Pairing

Pinot noir, gamay, merlot, zinfandel, carménère, pinotage, or grenache with grilled, roasted, or other simply cooked chicken; chardonnay, pinot gris/grigio, pinot blanc, or chenin blanc with chicken in cream or light tomato sauce or with chicken crêpes or croquettes; sauvignon blanc or sémillon with fried chicken; viognier with spiced chicken dishes.