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May 31, 2024

Chicken Pear Skillet With Pecan (Whole30, Paleo)

This 30-minute chicken pear recipe in skillet roasts juicy chicken breasts in a sweet and savory honey and thyme sauce, topped to perfection with warm roasted pears and chopped pecans.  This is one easy weeknight recipe you can’t pass up!

pear and chicken with pecan sprinkled on top in a skillet

Have you checked out our other chicken skillet recipes, like the Creamy Garlic Chicken SkilletSpinach Artichoke Chicken SkilletPesto Chicken Skillet, or the Healthy Chicken Florentine!

Why You’ll Love This Pear Chicken Casserole

This chicken pear skillet with pecan has got to be one of my family’s warm winter favorites.

The ghee, and thyme sauce….

The warm juicy pears and crunchy pecan pieces….

The roasted EVERYTHANG that turns into a sweetened lightly glazed masterpiece…….. oh my!

I’ve also got to mention that I LOVE that this dish is stupid simple….

  • it’s a one-pot meal…
  • there’s a few minutes of prep work but then it’s tossed in the oven and roasts itself.
  • it tastes so warm and inviting with the buttered herb base with a touch of sweet from the juicy pears, and that finish of crunch from the earthy pecans!

Oh the perks!

pear and chicken with pecan sprinkled on top in a skillet

Ingredient list:

  • large chicken breasts, sliced half (“hotdog” style so you now have to thin slices of each breast)
  • onion, coarsely chopped
  • ghee: salted or unsalted is fine for this recipe
  • fresh thyme, divided, or dried chopped thyme
  • 1 pear, thinly sliced
  • chopped pecans
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Pinch of coconut sugar (optional)
pear and chicken with pecan sprinkled on top in a skillet

Chicken Pear Recipe Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375*F.
  2. In a large oven-safe skillet add the butter over medium heat until melted. Add in the thin-cut chicken breasts and onion and saute for 3-4 minutes on each side.
  3. Sprinkle the chicken with half of the thyme and place the oven-safe skillet in the oven to roast for 10 minutes.
  4. While the chicken is roasting, make the pecan glaze: in a small mixing bowl combine the coconut sugar (optional), pecans, the second half of the thyme, and salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Remove from the oven and place pear slices over chicken breasts. Sprinkle with the pecan glaze and a pinch of coconut sugar if desired (we don’t feel like ours needs the sugar) and roast for another 10 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before serving the chicken and pears with the cooking juices drizzled over top.
pear and chicken with pecan sprinkled on top in a skillet

Storage and reheating:

  • You can store chicken and pears skillet leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • To reheat your leftover, place the leftovers in a microwave-safe dish with a loose-fitting lid so that hot air can escape.  Microwave your leftovers on high power for 60-120 seconds depending on how hot you like your reheats.

FAQ

What type of pears to use to cook with chicken?

You can actually use any pears you find available to you.  The Spruce has a great article on what the best pears are for baking are and my favorite variety that I use in the recipe are on the list, the Bartlett (also known as the Williams Pear)!
I like Bartlett pears because they are commonly found in grocery stores AND they are one of the sweetest, if not the sweetest, types of pear.
The sweetness form the pear blends effortlessly with the other flavors of this one-pot skillet dish!

Should I peel the pears to cook them with chicken?

If you have access to organic pears, keep the peel on. Keeping the skin will allow the pear slices to be firmer and hold together when cooked. When peeled you have a higher chance for the pears to turn to puree when cooking, especially if they are very ripe.

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Chicken Pear Skillet With Pecan (Whole30, Paleo)


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This chicken and pear skillet with pecan roasts juicy chicken breasts in a sweet and savory thyme sauce, topped to perfection with roasted pears and chopped pecans. This is one easy weeknight recipe you can’t pass up!


Ingredients

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  • 2 in large chicken breasts, sliced half (“hotdog” style so you now have to thin slices of each breast)
  • 1/2 medium onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoon fresh thyme, divided, or 2 tablespoon dried chopped thyme
  • 1 pear, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Pinch of coconut sugar (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375*F.
  2. In a large oven-safe skillet add the ghee over medium heat until melted. Add in the thin-cut chicken breasts and onion and saute for 3-4 minutes on each side.
  3. Sprinkle the chicken with half of the thyme and place the oven-safe skillet in the oven to roast for 10 minutes.
  4. While the chicken is roasting, make the pecan glaze: in a small mixing bowl combine the pecans, coconut sugar (optional) the second half of the thyme, and salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Remove from the oven and place pear slices over chicken breasts. Sprinkle with the pecan glaze and a pinch of coconut sugar if desired (we don’t feel like ours needs the sugar) and roast for another 10 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before serving the chicken and pears with the cooking juices drizzled over top.

Notes

  • If you have access to organic pears, keep the peel on. Keeping the skin will allow the pear slices to be firmer and hold together when cooked. When peeled you have a higher chance for the pears to turn to puree when cooking, especially if they are very ripe.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

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  1. What makes the glaze, a glaze? Is there supposed to be something liquid in the ingredients for that?