How to make it

  • 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • 2. Render fat from bacon: In large saucepan, fry bacon over medium-low heat until crisp. Remove bacon to paper towels, reserving liquid in pan.
  • 3. While bacon is cooking, pound chicken breasts between two sheets of plastic until approx. 3/8" uniform thickness.
  • 4. Add pears and rosemary to reserved fat in pan. Cook over medium-high heat until slightly softened and golden-brown, approx. 5 minutes.
  • 5. Remove pear-rosemary mixture from pan, using slotted spoon and reserving liquid in pan. Mix pears with bacon.
  • 6. Lay out chicken breasts with smallest end at bottom. Top with 1 slice gouda cheese, then 1/6 of pear-rosemary-bacon mixture, leaving approx. 2" at bottom.
  • 7. Roll chicken jelly-roll fashion, tucking in sides. Secure with toothpicks on side.
  • 8. Lightly brown top and bottom of chicken in reserved liquid in pan over medium-high heat,approx. 2 minutes per side.
  • 9. Place chicken breasts, top side up, in 13" X 9" pan, reserving liquid in pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 to 18 minutes or until internal temperature registers 160 degrees.
  • 10. Meanwhile, cook onions in reserved liquid in pan, scraping any browned portions from bottom of pan, over medium-high heat until golden brown (onions may start to stick to bottom of pan -- this is okay). Lower heat and keep warm until chicken is done.
  • 11. Remove chicken from oven and drain liquid. Tent chicken with foil.
  • 12. Deglaze onions over medium-high heat using chicken liquid. Reduce to appox. 3/4 cup. Add brown sugar and stir until smooth and glossy.
  • 13. Remove onion sauce from heat and stir in balsamic vinegar.
  • 14. Place chicken breasts on serving dish and cover with onion sauce. Garnish with additional rosemary sprigs.

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  • chef2 9 years ago
    now this is worth making.
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  • camdozer 10 years ago
    absolutely amazing. think i might even try with pork chops after i've tried it with chicken.
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  • cubralinda 10 years ago
    This sounds great!!!!!!thanks for sharing, I might make this one tonight.
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    " It was excellent "
    aimee ate it and said...
    Yeah, that sounds fantastic.. gotta try this one out!
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  • image 11 years ago
    I agree. Will definitely try this one! Thanks.
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    " It was excellent "
    leroux ate it and said...
    Recipes like THIS ONE is why I joined!!!
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