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

Nectarine Chicken

Nectarine Chicken

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 1 -4
Author Emily Levenson |


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 375ºF, 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 learning to trust her gut all over again. She is committed to listening to AND following the nuggets of wisdom her gut has been dishing out for decades. You can follow Emily's journey here on the blog, through the Nourish + Flourish podcast, and through her posts on Instagram.

15 comments / Add your comment below

  1. OMG, 12 pounds of nectarines! I’m like your husband … I don’t do chicken, but this certainly is a pretty dish.

    1. 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.

      1. 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…

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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!!!

  6. Thanks for the recipe 🙂 We did burn the top layer of nectarines, but we just pulled those of and the rest was delicious. I’m thinking next time I may take the vinegar/oil/nectarine mix and send ’em through a blender to make a salsa like sauce.

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