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Baked Chicken with Spinach, Pears, and Blue Cheese

Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 3 tbsp EVOO divided
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 4 cups loosely packed spinach not baby spinach, washed, dried and stems removed
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 ripe Anjou pears peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 3/4 cup crumbled blue cheese


  1. 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.
  2. While chicken is cooking, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large pan 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.
  3. 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.

Recipe Notes

This fresh chicken dinner is very quick and easy to make and comes to us courtesy of The Daily Meal.