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Curried Pear Chicken

March 1998, EatingWell Serves Two

Your rating: None Average: 3.8 (11 votes)

Coconut milk, cilantro and mint give this dish a fresh, exotic flavor. We prefer using a Bartlett pear but any type will do. Serve with brown basmati rice and Sauteed Watercress.


Curried Pear Chicken

Makes: 4 servings

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Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed of fat (1-1 1/4 pounds total)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, plus more to taste
  • 3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, or canola oil, divided
  • 2 pears, peeled, cored and thickly sliced
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped shallots
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint

Preparation

  1. Season chicken on both sides with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until well browned, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and tent with foil.
  2. Reduce heat to medium. Add the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil to pan. Add pears, shallots and curry powder. Cook, stirring, until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add wine and broth; bring to a simmer. Cook until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes.
  3. Return the chicken and any accumulated juices to pan; reduce heat to low. Simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 4 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a warmed platter. Stir coconut milk, cilantro and mint into the sauce. Season to taste with salt and pepper and spoon over chicken.

Nutrition

Per serving: 274 calories; 8 g fat (2 g sat, 4 g mono); 66 mg cholesterol; 18 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 28 g protein; 2 g fiber; 387 mg sodium; 467 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 1

Exchanges: 1 fruit, 3 very lean meat, 2 fat


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Season
Fall
Winter
Style/Theme
Entertaining, formal
Type of Dish
Main dish, poultry
Ethnic/Regional
Asian
Ease of Preparation
Easy
Total Time
45 minutes or less
Servings
4
Main Ingredient
Chicken
Preparation/ Technique
Saute
Meal/Course
Dinner

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