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Roasted Chicken with Honey Bacon Pears

A simple one-pot chicken dish with pears, bacon, and fresh thyme.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: barbecue chicken thighs, easy chicken recipes, roasted chicken
Servings: 6 -8


  • 4 whole chicken breasts cut in half (4 pounds)
  • 1 medium sweet onion chopped
  • Olive oil
  • 8 strips bacon chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 4 T. fresh thyme finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 Barlett pears cut in chunks (leave skin on)


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Rinse the chicken, then dry it very well with paper towels, cutting the breasts in half. Salt and pepper each piece.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a pan over medium heat, adding the chopped onions and bacon and sautéing for 3-4 minutes. Add the wine and cook for another 2 minutes. Remove the onions and bacon from the pan and set aside.
  • In the same pan, add a few tablespoons of olive oil and fry the chicken breast on each side for 2 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • In a separate bowl, toss the pears, honey, 1 tablespoon of freshly chopped thyme, and salt and pepper. Drizzle the mixture with olive oil. Mix and set aside.
  • Place the onion mixture on the bottom of a roasting pan, with chicken breasts on top. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon freshly chopped thyme, and place the pan in the hot oven. Roast the chicken for 20 minutes.
  • The last 10 minutes, remove the chicken from the oven and pour the pear mixture with the juices over the top. Bake another 10 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and serve right away on a bed of polenta, mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, or arugula. Garnish with fresh thyme.