Chicken Paillards with Marinated Pear, Goat Cheese and Almond Slivers

By Mariya
October 25, 2009
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Author Notes: I often think of various sweet and salty combination, as those flavors always lend to limitless possibilities. Growing up, we had chicken 5-6 nights per week...usually the same dish, as my mom would cook for the whole week. Hence my attempt to continuously create variations to a family staple for variety's sake =)Mariya

Serves: 6

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup cup balsamic vinegar
  • 5 pieces medium size pears-sliced thin and cored
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 pieces boneless/skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 ounces olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup almond slivers-toasted
  • 1/4 cup parsley-chopped
  • 1/4 cup chives-chopped
  • salt-to taste
  • pepper-to taste
  1. Mix olive oil and balsamic vinegar and marinate pears in mixture for 10 minutes.
  2. Place pears on baking sheet (sprayed with cooking spray).
  3. Season pears with salt, pepper, and cayenne and roast in the oven at 400F until soft (approximately 10-12 minutes).
  4. Butterfly, pound, and cut chicken breasts in half (attempting to resemble a pear shape).
  5. Season chicken breasts and brown on both sides, in olive oil, until cooked through.
  6. Top each chicken breast with one pear slice.
  7. Place 1 teaspoon of goat cheese in the center of each pear.
  8. Place ~4 almond slivers into the center of the goat cheese.
  9. Garnish the plate with parsley and chives.

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