Balsamic Pear, Chicken, and Asparagus Recipe -
Balsamic Pear, Chicken, and Asparagus Recipe
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Balsamic Pear, Chicken, and Asparagus

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"An unusual blend of seasonings flavor this slow cooker meal that takes advantage of the abundance of asparagus available in the spring. In other seasons fresh green beans would be an option to replace the asparagus."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    4 hrs

    4 hrs 20 mins


  1. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook the chicken in the hot oil until completely browned, 3 to 5 minutes; transfer to a slow cooker. Add the onion to the chicken; season with salt and pepper. Place the pears and asparagus atop the chicken mixture.
  2. Mix the garlic, balsamic vinegar, apple juice, rosemary, ginger, and sugar together in a bowl; pour over the asparagus. Season again with salt and pepper.
  3. Cook on Low for 4 to 6 hours.
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  • Easy Cleanup
  • Try using a liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 20, 2011

This was an AWESOME slow-cooker recipe! I omitted the chicken, because I'm vegetarian, and reduced the oil to 1 tsp (I assumed not all of it would make it into the slow cooker after the chicken was done cooking) but kept everything else the same. It was DELICIOUS. I love the combination of sweet and sour and salty and savory. Super easy and great for a farmer's market basket full of asparagus! It's not quite a meal on its own, so I'd recommend serving it over rice or with crusty bread.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 28, 2011

I was really looking forward to making this because of the reviews but somehow this asted like a bad sweet asian meal... i was so hungry by the time it was done I ate it and it is palatable but I do not care for any more... I even added more garlic then called and it came out so sweet

May 12, 2011

What a wonderful dish! Upon arriving home, the aroma was so very inviting, we couldn't wait to dig into it, and we weren't disappointed. The multiple different seasonings and flacorings in this really made this dish. I served with orzo and mushrooms and a side salad. I will certainly be keeping this recipe and making again. Just because it's a slow cooker recipe doesn't mean this can't be served to company!!!

May 03, 2011

Made this dish for our Easter dinner. Everyone loved it! I used brown pears instead of Barlett and they turned out very nice. My guests loved the flavours and found the dish very appealing to the eyes too. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe!

Mar 29, 2012

Great sweet and savory flavors, and low carb! I made this in the oven instead of the crock pot. I didn't change anything about the recipe, just put it all in a glass baking dish at cooked uncovered for 1 hour at 350.

Jun 29, 2011

I would totally give the sauce for this 10 stars if I could! I made the sauce the night before, along with cutting the onion and pear. That way I could just toss it all in the slow cooker before I left for work. When i opened the container with the sauce, I wanted to just eat it right there! I didn't brown the chicken before I put it in, mainly because I knew I was going to be gone all day and that it would cook in the slow-cooker. I also didn't add the asparagus for the same reason. The chicken unfortunately turned out a little dry for me, but that's partially due to the fact that I had to let it cook longer than I would like. I would love to use the sauce to cook the chicken either on the stovetop on in the oven. I will definitely be using it as a marinade going forward! As for the pears, my husband found out he doesn't like them (awesome timing, huh?) so next time I think I might use apples (something he WILL eat.) Otherwise, good recipe, I just might tweak it so my chicken doesn't dry out. Seriously, though, the sauce. DIVINE!

Nov 13, 2011

I LOVED this recipe! I opted to used a rotissirie chicken, pulled all the meat off the bones and followed the rest as directed, just heated the onion (I used shallots) in with the sauce for several hours on warm, it was AWESOME!!! Definatley a keeper and I will make it again.

Nov 25, 2011

I don't get it. I thought this recipe sounded wonderful but turned out to be blah! Even the fresh ginger could not bring it to life. Not offensive but will not prepare it again.


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  • Calories
  • 309 kcal
  • 15%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 33.5 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 69 mg
  • 23%
  • Fat
  • 7.4 g
  • 11%
  • Fiber
  • 6.1 g
  • 24%
  • Protein
  • 29.1 g
  • 58%
  • Sodium
  • 70 mg
  • 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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