Chicken with Lemon, Ginger & Pear Sauce

Chicken with Lemon, Ginger & Pear Sauce

Here’s a deliciously different way to prepare everyday chicken that’s easy on both your time and your wallet. Limoneira® Lemon and ginger add a pop to the mild sweetness of pears. As the chicken cooks, the pears caramelize, resulting in a luscious blend of flavors. It pairs well with steamed or fried rice.
Course Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine Asian


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 shallots sliced
  • 4 pears
  • 2 teaspoons dried ginger
  • 1 Limoneira® lemon zest & juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 4 chicken breasts skinless & bone-in
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  • Peel and core the pears. Cut into quarters lengthwise, then dice into small chunks.
  • Melt the butter in a small saucepan over a medium setting. Add the shallots, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until they begin to soften.
  • Add the ginger and lemon zest, and stir for a minute or so until fragrant.
  • Now, add the pears, stirring gently to coat with the seasonings.
  • Stir in the lemon juice and then honey. Heat the sauce until it begins to bubble, and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes as you stir gently.
  • Arrange the chicken breasts in a baking dish meat side up, drizzling a little oil on the bottom of the dish to avoid sticking. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Spoon the sauce evenly over the four chicken breasts.
  • Bake in the oven for about 40 to 45 minutes, depending on the thickness of the chicken breasts. They should be cooked all the way through, and juices should run clear if you prick them with a fork.
  • Remove from the oven, blending any pear sauce in the baking dish with the meat juices, and spooning it over each breast.


Note: Bosc, d’Anjou or Asian pears are best to cook with, and the riper the better.
Keyword Lemons
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