Roast Chicken with Pears, Shallots, and Walnuts


Roast Chicken with Pears, Shallots, and Walnuts


Quantity Ingredients
1 (4-pound) whole roasting chicken
2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
2 fresh rosemary sprigs
1 lemon, quartered
2 tsp chopped fresh rosemary
1 tsp salt, divided
1 tsp olive oil
6 shallots, peeled and quartered
3 firm pears, peeled, cored, and each cut into 8 wedges
1/2 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup walnut halves
1/2 cup water
3 tbsp Champagne vinegar
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tsp toasted walnut oil


Preheat oven to 425°.

Remove and discard giblets and neck from chicken. Place 2 crushed garlic cloves, rosemary sprigs, and lemon in body cavity. Combine chopped rosemary, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and olive oil. Starting at neck cavity, loosen skin from breast and drumsticks by inserting fingers, gently pushing between skin and meat. Rub oil mixture under skin. Lift wing tips up and over back; tuck under chicken. Tie legs together with twine. Place chicken, breast side up, in a roasting pan.

Bake at 425° for 25 minutes. Arrange shallots and pears around chicken. Add broth to pan; baste chicken. Bake 30 minutes. Stir pears and shallots; baste chicken. Add walnuts to pan. Bake an additional 10 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in the meaty part of thigh registers 165°. Let stand 20 minutes.

Place a zip-top plastic bag inside a 2-cup glass measure. Pour drippings from pan into bag; add 1/2 cup water. Let stand 2 minutes (fat will rise to the top). Seal bag; carefully snip off 1 bottom corner of bag. Drain drippings into measuring cup, stopping before fat layer reaches opening; discard remaining fat. Return drippings to pan, and cook over medium heat, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Add remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, vinegar, honey, juice, and 1 minced garlic clove; cook until reduced to 1/2 cup (about 4 minutes). Remove from heat; stir in walnut oil.

Remove skin from chicken; discard skin. Carve chicken; arrange chicken and pear mixture on a platter. Serve with sauce.

6 servings (serving size: 3 ounces chicken, about 1/4 cup pear mixture, and 4 teaspoons sauce)

Per serving: CALORIES 313 (36% from fat); FAT 12.4g (sat 2.4g,mono 3.9g,poly 4.9g); IRON 1.7mg; CHOLESTEROL 78mg; CALCIUM 37mg; CARBOHYDRATE 22.7g; SODIUM 506mg; PROTEIN 27.9g; FIBER 3.8g