Roasted Chicken with Honey Bacon Pears

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Total time:

45 mins

 

Makes:

6-8 servings.

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 whole chicken breastscut in half (4 pounds)
  • 1 medium sweet onionchopped
  • Olive oil
  • 8 strips baconchopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 4 fresh thymefinely chopped
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 Barlett pearscut in chunks (leave skin on)

INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Rinse the chicken, then dry it very well with paper towels, cutting the breasts in half. Salt and pepper each piece.

Step 2

Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a pan over medium heat, adding the chopped onions and bacon and sautéing for 3-4 minutes. Add the wine and cook for another 2 minutes. Remove the onions and bacon from the pan and set aside.

Step 3

In the same pan, add a few tablespoons of olive oil and fry the chicken breast on each side for 2 minutes, or until golden brown.

Step 4

In a separate bowl, toss the pears, honey, 1 tablespoon of freshly chopped thyme, and salt and pepper. Drizzle the mixture with olive oil. Mix and set aside.

Step 5

Place the onion mixture on the bottom of a roasting pan, with chicken breasts on top. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon freshly chopped thyme, and place the pan in the hot oven. Roast the chicken for 20 minutes.

Step 6

The last 10 minutes, remove the chicken from the oven and pour the pear mixture with the juices over the top. Bake another 10 minutes.

Step 7

Remove from the oven and serve right away on a bed of polenta, mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, or arugula. Garnish with fresh thyme.