Honey Lemon Chicken with a Sweet Pear and Apple Salad

Kramer and I have been working out way through Deadwood, and I love it! I can’t believe it took us this long to get to it. We finished The Sopranos and Curb Your Enthusiasm this summer, and when we were trying to figure out what show to dedicate ourselves to next, we remembered we had all three seasons of Deadwood. It’s got a great cast and I love all of the sets and costumes, but I suppose that’s because I’m a sucker for the “wild west”. I highly recommend the show, especially if you’re a fan of period pieces.

This recipe from Closet Cooking for honey lemon chicken was fantastic! His blog is awesome, so definitely check it out if you haven’t already. Anyway, the chicken was light and sweet and the lemon wasn’t overpowering at all. I paired it with a fresh salad of pears, apples, walnuts, raisins, and bacon with a simple balsamic dressing. This was a great dinner for a cool Arizona night of 75 degrees (ahh autumn). The salad and the chicken together took about 30 minutes at the absolute maximum, so there’s no reason not to put this on your menu for a quick and wholesome weeknight meal.

Honey Lemon Chicken with a Sweet Pear and Apple Salad

The ingredients for the salad.

Honey Lemon Chicken with a Sweet Pear and Apple Salad

Slice your pears as thinly as possible.

Honey Lemon Chicken with a Sweet Pear and Apple Salad

Do the same with the apples.

Honey Lemon Chicken with a Sweet Pear and Apple Salad

Place the fruit in a large bowl.

Honey Lemon Chicken with a Sweet Pear and Apple Salad

Add in the walnuts and raisins.

Honey Lemon Chicken with a Sweet Pear and Apple Salad

I decided to chop up and cook some bacon to go in the salad, too. Everything’s better with bacon, right?

Honey Lemon Chicken with a Sweet Pear and Apple Salad

Toss the salad with the fruit, walnuts, raisins, and bacon.

Honey Lemon Chicken with a Sweet Pear and Apple Salad

Combine the juice of 1 lemon and 3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar and whisk quickly with a fork. Set aside until you’re ready to eat.

Honey Lemon Chicken with a Sweet Pear and Apple Salad

Now, gather your ingredients for the honey lemon chicken.

Honey Lemon Chicken with a Sweet Pear and Apple Salad

Cut your chicken up into bite sized pieces.

Honey Lemon Chicken with a Sweet Pear and Apple Salad

Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a pan, season the chicken with salt and pepper, and cook until almost cooked through.

Honey Lemon Chicken with a Sweet Pear and Apple Salad

Zest your lemon.

Honey Lemon Chicken with a Sweet Pear and Apple Salad

Whisk together the lemon zest with the lemon juice, honey, ginger, and chicken broth.

Honey Lemon Chicken with a Sweet Pear and Apple Salad

Pour the lemon mixture over the chicken and cook until slightly thickened. Season with salt and pepper as necessary.

Honey Lemon Chicken with a Sweet Pear and Apple Salad

Dress the salad, serve with the chicken, and enjoy!

Honey Lemon Chicken with a Sweet Pear and Apple Salad

Honey Lemon Chicken with a Sweet Pear and Apple Salad
Serves: 3 (Chicken), 4 (Salad)
 
Ingredients
Honey Lemon Chicken
  • 1 pound chicken breasts
  • few pinches salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive or peanut oil
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ¼ cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • salt and pepper to taste
Sweet Pear and Apple Salad
  • 1 pear
  • 1 red apple
  • ½ cup roughly chopped walnuts
  • ¼ cup jumbo raisins
  • 5 slices bacon, chopped into bite sized pieces
  • 3-4 big handfuls of mixed greens
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Instructions
Honey Lemon Chicken
  1. Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces and season the chicken with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat the oil in a pan and add the chicken. Saute until almost completely cooked.
  3. Combine the lemon zest, lemon juice, honey, ground ginger, and chicken broth in a small bowl, then pour over the chicken. Allow to cook until slightly thickened, then season with salt and pepper to taste, if necessary.
Sweet Pear and Apple Salad
  1. Slice your pear and apple as thinly as possible. Toss with the walnuts and raisins.
  2. Fry the bacon until crisp, then set aside to cool.
  3. When the bacon is cool, toss with the fruit, walnuts, raisins, and mixed greens.
  4. Whisk together the lemon juice and balsamic vinegar. Pour over the salad and toss (you probably won't use all of the dressing, so only pour as much as you like over the salad - you can always add more).
Adapted From
adapted from Closet Cooking

 

11 Responses

  1. Jill says:

    This looks so yummy! Great recipe! Thanks for posting.

  2. Oh wow! The Honey Lemon chicken looks really good. I can make this as a simple dinner and just add some pasta or i can pair it with rice or cuscos.. thanks for the recipe.

  3. Joanna from Colorado says:

    This has nothing to do with food, but it sounds like you guys totally watch similar TV shows my husband and I do. We anxiously wait for Hell’s Kitchen on Tuesdays and Survivor every Thursday (you know, to see who screws who over), and totally make fun of the people on So you think you can dance (only because we CAN’T dance) and American Idol (can’t sing…), but then end up hooked so you just HAVE to watch the rest of it to see who wins. DANG IT. :)Not to mention House and The Office.

    Anyway, it’s off the air, but you might like Six Feet Under. It’s a series that used to be on HBO. Also, Dexter is freakin’ awesome, it’s on Showtime (actually on now – in the 4th season).

    That’s it!

    Joanna

  4. Sarah says:

    I made this tonight — my husband and I both really liked it! It was quick and easy and good. I do think that it’s important to put in a lot of pepper, though, to give it a little kick and tone down the sweet lemony-ness.

    I will admit to being a little initially worried when the mixture smelled alarmingly like cough drops, but it turned out great! Thanks for posting it.

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  6. Autumn says:

    My sauce failed to thicken. :(

    The taste was not bad, but I doubt I”ll make it again.

  7. Autumn says:

    I used a saute pan from t-fal.

  8. Minty says:

    Must I use ground ginger can I just mince regular ginger instead?

  9. admin says:

    Joanna: I’m not much for reality TV (although I love Top Chef), but I did watch Six Feet Under when it was on and I’ve been following Dexter since it started, so we do have similar taste in shows!

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