Chicken Paillards with Marinated Pear, Goat Cheese and Almond Slivers

It's time to alter the daily chicken blues (serves 6):
1/2 cup olive oil-divided
3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
5 medium size pears-sliced thin and cored
1/4 t cayenne pepper
4 boneless/skinless chicken breasts
3 T goat cheese
1/4 cup almond slivers-toasted
1/4 cup parsley-chopped
1/4 cup chives-chopped
salt-to taste
pepper-to taste
1. Mix 1/4 cup olive oil and balsamic vinegar and marinate pears in mixture for 10 minutes.
2. Place pears on baking sheet (sprayed with cooking spray).
3. Season pears with salt, pepper, and cayenne and roast in the oven at 400F until soft (approximately 10-12 minutes).
4. Butterfly, pound, and cut chicken breasts in half (attempting to resemble a pear shape).
5. Season chicken breasts and brown on both sides, in 1/4 cup olive oil, until cooked through.
6. Top each chicken breast with one pear slice.
7. Place 1 teaspoon of goat cheese in the center of each pear.
8. Place ~4 almond slivers into the center of the goat cheese.
9. Garnish the plate with parsley and chives.

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