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Chicken Asparagus Skillet

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A handful of simple ingredients combine in this easy, creamy chicken asparagus skillet, made up of golden chicken, tender asparagus, and a luscious garlic lemon cream sauce that includes a dairy-free modification. This recipe makes the ultimate low-effort, one-pan meal you can enjoy any night of the week!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Diet Gluten Free
Keyword chicken asparagus skillet, chicken skillet, skillet dinner
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 4
Calories 525

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter divided (or plant-based butter for dairy-free)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt divided
  • ¾ cup reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 2 garlic cloves minced or finely grated
  • ½ cup cream or unsweetened non-dairy creamer for dairy-free
  • 2 pounds asparagus about 2 bunches, woody ends trimmed, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Instructions

  • Heat a large 11-inch skillet over medium high heat. Add 1 tablespoon butter, 1 tablespoon olive oil, then add the chicken pieces in one even layer. Sprinkle with ½ teaspoon salt and cook until one side is golden, about 5 minutes. Flip, then cook for an additional 3 minutes, or until both sides are golden. Remove to a bowl and set aside.
  • Lower the heat to medium-low, then to the same pan add the remaining 1 tablespoon butter, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and the garlic. Cook for one minute, stirring constantly.
  • Add the chicken stock, scraping up any browned bits left on the bottom of the pan. Add the cream, then simmer uncovered for 3-4 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  • Add the chicken back to the pan, along with the asparagus and remaining ½ teaspoon salt, then cook for 3-5 minutes or until the asparagus reaches the desired doneness.
  • Turn off the heat, add the lemon juice, and stir to combine. Taste and add additional salt or lemon juice if desired.
  • Serve alone, atop rice or cauliflower rice, or tossed with pasta of choice.

Notes

Nutrition information calculated using butter, cream and chicken breasts.
For dairy-free, be sure to use a plant-based butter and substitute unsweetened non-dairy creamer in place of traditional cream.
For more ingredients & substitutions see the blog post above.

Nutrition

Calories: 525kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 55g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 194mg | Sodium: 871mg | Potassium: 1369mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2395IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 6mg