Balsamic Chicken & Stuffing Muffins

nut free
Prep time
10 minutes
Cook time
30 minutes
Recipe created by Christine Pittman in partnership with Produce for Kids.

This healthy spin on a traditional holiday favorite will have the family wanting to celebrate all year. Start a healthy tradition this holiday season.   


1 tablespoon
olive oil
Little Bear Brand® sweet onion (chopped)
red bell pepper (chopped)
celery ribs (finely chopped)
Stemilt Lil Snappers® Bartlett pears (chopped)
1 teaspoon
lemon juice
1⁄2 teaspoon
1⁄2 teaspoon
poultry seasoning
large egg
1⁄4 cup
unsalted chicken stock
4 slices
multi-grain bread (cubed)
(3 oz.) chicken breasts
3 tablespoons
Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing
1⁄2 cup
POM Wonderful® pomegranate juice
1⁄2 cup
bag (12 oz.) fresh cranberries
pineapple (chopped)


  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Lightly spray twelve medium non-stick muffin pan cups with cooking spray.
  3. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-low heat; add onions, peppers and celery, and cook, stirring occasionally, 2-3 minutes, or until softened. Stir in pears, lemon juice, salt and poultry seasoning, and cook 1 minute. Add bread and remove from heat.
  4. Combine egg and chicken stock in bowl. Pour over bread mixture and stir.
  5. Gently press stuffing into muffin pan. Bake 30 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes. Run plastic knife gently around edge of each muffin before removing.
  6. While stuffing bakes, arrange chicken on 13x9-inch parchment-lined baking sheet. Poke breasts on both sides 6-7 times with fork and brush both sides with vinaigrette. Bake 25 minutes, or until internal temperature is 165ºF.
  7. Combine juice and 1/2 cup water in medium saucepan over medium heat; add sugar and stir to dissolve. Add cranberries and cook, stirring continuously, 10 minutes, or until cranberries pop. Add pineapple and remove from heat.
  8. Top chicken with cranberry sauce.

Suggested Sides

A glass of lowfat milk

Calories 589

Fat 14.93g

Protein 19.87g

Carbohydrates 89.10g

Fiber 8.36g

Cholesterol 31mg

Sodium 769mg

Calcium 176mg

Iron 3.90mg