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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4
Servings
1498
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 4 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
  • 2 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
143g
100%
Sugar
16g
18%
Saturated Fat
125g
100%
Cholesterol
6mg
2%
Carbohydrate, by difference
57g
44%
Protein
18g
39%
Vitamin A, RAE
8µg
1%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
7mg
9%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
1µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
88mg
9%
Choline, total
44mg
10%
Copper, Cu
2mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
33g
100%
Folate, total
22µg
6%
Iron, Fe
7mg
39%
Magnesium, Mg
188mg
59%
Manganese, Mn
6mg
100%
Niacin
2mg
14%
Pantothenic acid
2mg
40%
Phosphorus, P
519mg
74%
Selenium, Se
38µg
69%
Sodium, Na
387mg
26%
Water
42g
2%
Zinc, Zn
5mg
63%

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.