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Baked Chicken with Spinach, Pears, & Blue Cheese Recipe

Pears are one of the most popular fruits worldwide – and for good reason!

Low in calories and boasting a skin rich in phytonutrients, this sweet and juicy fruit is as tasty as it is good for you. From a savory addition to grilled meats and salads to a sweet and syrupy dessert, pears are a versatile fruit that is in season just in time for the autumn months.

Baked Chicken with Spinach, Pears, & Blue Cheese

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


    • 2

      ripe Anjou pears, peeled, cored and cut into ½-inch-thick slices

    • 4

      boneless, skinless chicken breasts

    • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

    • 3 Tbsp

      extra-virgin olive oil, divided

    • ½ cup

      diced red onion

    • 4 cups

      (1 large bunch) loosely packed spinach (not baby), washed, dried, stems removed

    • 2 Tbsp

      apple cider vinegar

    • 2 Tbsp

      chopped fresh parsley

    • ¾ cup

      blue cheese crumbles


    • 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 on 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.  

    • Add spinach and toss until wilted. Season with salt and pepper and transfer to a large platter. 

    • 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 Facts (per serving): Calories—380 / Total Fat—22g / Saturated Fat—27g / Sodium—640mg / Carbohydrate—14g / Dietary Fiber—4g / Sugar—6g / Protein—34g

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