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Balsamic-Fig Glazed Pear Topped Chicken Breast

What You Need

4 ounces goat cheese

¾ teaspoon dried thyme

¼ teaspoon fresh minced garlic

3 Pears, cored and cut in half

1 ⅓ cup low-sodium chicken broth

1 ½ cup dried figs

¾ cup balsamic vinegar

¼ cup sugar

6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon ground black pepper


Directions:

1) Mix goat cheese, thyme,and garlic until blended.Place 1 rounded tablespoon goat cheese mixture into center of each pear half. Puree chicken broth, figs, vinegar, and sugar in batches in blender until smooth.Pour into strainer set over bowl. Press liquid (sauce) into bowl and discard solids.Pour half of fig sauce into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan.

2) Place chicken breasts over fig sauce in pan.Sprinkle with salt and pepper.Place filled pear half cut side down over each chicken breast and drizzle with remaining fig sauce.Cover pan with foil and bake in conventional oven at 375 degreesfor 20 minutes.Remove foil and continue to bake, basting occasionally, 30 to 40 minutes until chicken breasts reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees.Cut chicken breast and pear in half to serve.Spoon sauce over pear.Garnish with cut fig and thyme sprig.

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