Nectarine Chicken

nectarine chicken

Nectarine Chicken

Who knew that one humble ingredient like the nectarine could provide endless inspiration when it comes to cooking?! Because, seriously, I had no freakin’ idea.

That is, until I had 12lbs enter my home in a mere week.

And while I’d be seriously happy to eat them all as is, I felt the need to branch out and experiment.

sliced nectarines

When The Hubster suggested that we have a chicken + fish night, I was ready.

There was no question in my mind that the nectarines would be the centerpiece for my chicken dish. I just needed to figure out what else would be included.

The Hubster, on the other hand, was pretty solid on his fish: tilapia with a lemon caper butter. The only way he’s ever had it…

ingredients for nectarine chicken

I’ve had chicken with roasted peaches in the past, mostly served at fancy-pants restaurants, and was only mildly impressed with it. Aside from the gloriously soft and sweet peach slices, it was pretty bland. I knew there was incredible potential there, it just hadn’t been realized yet.

It was time to try my hand on it and see if I could make it a bit more exciting.

I’m happy to report that this dish was so. much. more. than I could have ever imagined. Or asked for. Or wished for.

nectarines marinating

It helps to start with some amazingly sweet and juicy nectarines.

I also had serendipitously picked up a fresh bottle of a fig-infused white balsamic vinegar, the perfect accompaniment to this dish. If you don’t have any fig-infused white balsamic, any old vinegar will work (including rice wine, white wine, balsamic, white balsamic, blueberry balsamic…).

The best part? It’s an incredibly easy recipe for one, and just as easy to adapt for the entire family.

Which is great, as I’m the only chicken eater in the family. The Hubster won’t touch it with a ten foot pole. That’s okay. More for me. (Though, I’m pretty sure this would be equally as delicious atop a piece of fish.) And if you prefer to avoid the animal protein all together, that’s okay too.

The nectarines soaked in the marinade are AMAZING without doing a thing. Grill them up, broil them, or bake them for a little extra amazing-ness.

red onions

Also, can we puh-lease talk about how colorful and pretty this dish is??

The next time you’re having guests over, do yourself a favor and make this. It’s a total of 7 ingredients, requires minimal effort, is incredibly delicious, and carries a HUGE wow-factor.

The Hubster was even impressed with how pretty it all looked, saying he was almost tempted to have some. Almost.

nectarine chicken

Yields 1-4

Nectarine Chicken

10 minPrep Time

35 minCook Time

45 minTotal Time

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    Single Serving:
  • 1 tbs (fig-infused white balsamic) vinegar
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • pinch of salt
  • dash of black pepper
  • 1 nectarine, pitted and thinly sliced
  • 1 skinless, boneless chicken breast
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 tbs fresh basil for garnish
  • Family Serving:
  • 3 tbs (fig-infused white balsamic) vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 3 nectarines, pitted and thinly sliced
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 medium (or 1/2 large) chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil for garnish


  1. Turn oven on BROIL (I used the broil 3 setting on my oven, I'm guessing that's Medium-High). You could also bake it, at 375ΒΊF, if you prefer. Time depends on number of chicken breasts.
  2. Combine vinegar, oil, salt, and pepper in a small (or medium) sized bowl. Whisk to combine.
  3. Add nectarine and stir until fully coated with oil and vinegar mixture. Set aside.
  4. In a glass baking dish, add chicken. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  5. Add red onions.
  6. Pour nectarines and liquid over chicken.
  7. Place in oven and broil for 10-15 minutes (for Single Serve) or 30-35 minutes (for Family Size), or until chicken is no longer pink inside.
  8. Remove from oven.
  9. Dish out chicken, cover with nectarines and onions, and garnish with fresh basil. Serve!
  10. Enjoy!
  11. Go back for seconds!

Allergen Information

Nightshade Free, Dairy Free, Wheat Free, Gluten Free, Soy Free, Egg Free, Corn Free.


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Emily Levenson is a meditation encourager, mama, and Pittsburgh enthusiast. She recently launched a podcast called Nourish + Flourish and is a co-pilot at Propelle.


  1. Reply OMG, 12 pounds of nectarines! I'm like your husband ... I don't do chicken, but this certainly is a pretty dish.
    1. Reply Ha. That's not even an exaggeration. We've purchased 2 5lb boxes and another 2lb basket from Trader Joe's. And thanks! If you decide to try it on fish (or on it's own), let me know.
  2. Reply Ohhh I love nectarines...might have to try this on mock chicken! Psst, this is in the vegan section!
    1. Reply Thanks for the heads up Katie. I fixed it. The nectarines are delicious on their own with the vinaigrette. They would also be delicious over tempeh. :)
      1. Reply Love the tempeh suggestion- thanks! Also, I have been drooling over your vegan salted caramel hot chocolate recipe all day. Making it this weekend for sure! I don't care that it's going to be 80 degrees and sunny in SoCal...
        1. Reply The salted caramel hot chocolate is one of my favorites. Enjoy it!
  3. Reply This chicken and nectarine recipe is fabulous. My hubby raved about it. I didn't have a red onion so used a walla-walla sweet onion and balsamic vinegar with nectarines from our farmers market. Served with coucous to spoon sauce over and fresh basil from my herb pot. Thanks for a great new way to prepare chicken breasts.
    1. Reply So glad it was a hit! Sounds like a delicious meal.
  4. Reply Just found your site today! Had lots of nectarines and wanted something new to do with chicken breasts. Looking forward to a great dinner and more exploring on your site.
  5. Reply I'm somewhat embarassed to confess I've never - ever - even once! tasted a nectarine. (hiding behind my desk now). However, it is not that I am not adventurous on the subject of food, it is that I just had not gotten around to the nectarines yet . . . (yeah sure) Your posting of this recipe and the impressive pictures are very persuasive and you may now consider me CONVINCED and CURIOUS! Off to he market after work today to buy some nectarines. Thank you for this recipe as chicken was getting a bit repetitive of late!
  6. Reply Hi Emily. Not a big nectarine fan. My wife has just begun getting into cooking over the last month and did a search for the ingredients nectarines and chicken for a recipe and came across yours. It was INCREDIBLE!!! I loved it and so did my 2 girls (8 and 10 yrs old). Thanks so much!!!
    1. Reply Love it Tom! So glad it's been a big hit.
  7. Reply I have a bounty of nectarines! If I broil, am I using top rack or lower?
    1. Reply I would say top rack or the rung right below it. Every oven is a little different in how it cooks, so just make sure to keep an eye on things so it doesn't burn.

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