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Friday, August 10, 2012

Baked Chicken that will impress your guests!

Hey everyone!! Sorry I've been away, summer craziness has kept me down from blogging, and it's hard to get inspired to cook when it's a zillion degrees!!
Not to worry though I am back cooking up some fun things to share.

So who else is tired of the day in day out baked chicken or bbq chicken? You need something a little different, a little more like something you would get on a dinner out right!? Maybe you need a recipe to impress your guests?
This chicken dish is delish! Not hard to make, and looks like something you would get at a fine restaurant if you ask me! You could easily add a side of potatoes or rice if you like I am just trying to cut back a bit on the carb filled sides from time to time. Thank you Whole Foods recipes for some yummy new ideas!!
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil divided
1/2 cup diced red onion
4 cups (1 large bunch) 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 fresh parsley
3/4 cup blue cheese crumbles

Preheat oven to 375°F. Generously season each chicken breast with salt and pepper. In a large, skillet heat 1 tablespoon olive oil and sear breasts 2 to 3 minutes each side until lightly golden. Place in an oven safe pan (or baking dish) in oven and bake until chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes.

While chicken is cooking, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in your skillet over medium heat and saute 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.

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