This was the best dinner I have made in a long time. I could eat this every night. Instead of using a whole chicken, I bought a bone in skin on breast and proceeded with the recipe as written since I was only cooking for myself. The pears were delicous warm and the final sauce at the end was amazing. I made parmesan mashed potatoes as a side dish and a small salad. Wow, I cannot say enough about how good this recipe is!
Roast Chicken with Pears, Shallots, and Walnuts
MichelleS Posted: 11/11/08
gunnercade Posted: 01/24/10
This is a nice recipe. The chicken is tasty and moist, but we thought it lacked a little 'pizazz', so I added a canned chipotle pepper in the gravy. With added bite, it's really good.
EllenDeller Posted: 10/04/10
Fabulous. The best roast chicken I've ever tasted--the kind of meal you'd pay $65 (or more) for in a restaurant. I followed the recipe exactly, and it was perfect. A good recipe for days you don't mind puttering in the kitchen--definitely a hands-on kind of recipe with lots of dishes to wash, but so worth it. Served with the roasted beet and walnut salad and baked sweet potatoes.
ETHicks Posted: 12/01/08
I am still a novice cook and I wanted to try roasting a chicken for the first time. This was a success! It was super tender and had great flavor. I agree with other reviews that it is somewhat time intensive and not a weeknight meal. But it would be wonderful for company or special occasion. I didn't have walnut oil and I subbed White Wine Vinegar for Champagne Vinegar, and it tasted great to me. The sauce was a bit strong (maybe I didn't let it reduce long enough), but poured over rice and chicken, it faded a bit.
JennySmith Posted: 11/26/10
This was a very good chicken recipe, and the gravy that it produced was tasty, along with the pears. This recipe is not hard at all...only really gets complicated until the end when preparing the gravy. I served it with green beans, salad and rolls.
bjanelle Posted: 09/19/10
This was amazing! The chicken was incredibly moist and tasty.
bethkeys Posted: 05/22/11
A bit tricky for a novice but simply the best chicken dish I have ever had.
deerex Posted: 10/31/11
This recipe was fantastic - one of, if not the best roasted chicken recipes I've tried. The white meat was moist and flavorful; the pears, shallots and walnuts a wonderful accompaniment, as was the gravy. I served it with brandied mashed sweet potatoes and green beans. My husband and I both agreed with a previous reviewer that this is a truly a restaurant calibre meal that I could proudly serve to guests.
jenringo Posted: 11/27/11
The chicken was great, the pears and walnuts was not great for me, but my husband loved it.
ViennaVAfoodie Posted: 11/20/11
So moist and tasty!! This was my first time roasting a chicken, so I was a bit worried about the results. I didn't end up with enough drippings to make gravy, so I just added the remaining ingredients to the pan and reduced to make a "glaze" or "drizzle". I loved the roasted shallots and pears with this, definitely great winter comfort food!
MotorcycleCook Posted: 07/02/12
This was really good. I really liked the sauce with the pears & walnuts. It was a surprisingly good combination. My husband did not like the pears. They were too firm for his liking. He also did not like the walnuts either. The chicken was tender & juicy. I did add more chicken broth to the pan than called for to ensure I had enough sauce, I also added a little Wondra to thicken it just a tad. I served it with Garlic Broccolini & mashed potatoes.