Lemon Asparagus Chicken is the perfect light and wholesome chicken recipe! This recipe is not only crazy delicious, but also surprisingly easy to make with only a handful of ingredients used to prep this dish for baking. The chicken itself is tender, marinated in a lemon dressing and the asparagus bakes to the perfect texture right on top of the chicken in this simple one dish meal. The whole dish is topped off with parmesan cheese for just a touch of flavor and richness. This easy one dish dinner is not only super tasty but also enjoys being gluten free and a low carb meal option.
Lemon Asparagus Chicken Recipe
There is something about lemon that always has me craving it right around the time that the winter weather starts to fade and the warm air covers your skin like a welcome sigh of relief.
I feel like we have had the longest winter ever this year. It wasn’t the worst in terms of storms or snow, but the air couldn’t seem to shake the chill off of it’s edges and the clouds plagued the sky much more often than I like.
Finally through this week we have had warmth. It seems like yesterday was a high of 45 and today was 90. By seems like, I mean it actually was! I am by no means complaining, but I didn’t really expect to have the heater on high one day and the A/C on high the next. New England weather is just crazy!
This weather though means these flavors came to life. This Lemon Asparagus Chicken recipe is the definition of the perfect spring weather meal. It begs to be served al fresco on the patio on a warm day with the crisp breeze that signals the change of the season.
Whether you are finding this recipe in spring or are looking at it in summer, fall or winter it really is so delicious that the taste far exceeds the season to eat it in.
Add that to the ease of the meal, all made in one dish with simple every-day kind of ingredients and you have the recipe for a winning meal.
What to Serve with Lemon Asparagus Chicken
This Lemon Asparagus Chicken is a wholesome and delicious meal that also happens to be gluten free and low carb. Whether or not you are following a special diet, there are some great serving options to round out this meal for a filling dinner. I will list some of both my favorite traditional side ideas as well as some specific low carb sides.
Classic Side Dish Suggestions
- Rice or grains- I love this option because there is usually a lot of the lemon sauce left in the bottom of the pan you can spoon over the rice when serving which makes it so flavorful and delicious!
- Potatoes- My favorites are smashed potatoes or mashed potatoes
- Garlic bread- You can never go wrong here!
- Pasta- I especially like orzo with this meal!
Low Carb Side Suggestions
- Cauliflower rice
- Roasted vegetables
- Sautéed spinach
- Garlic green beans
- Side Salad
How to Make Lemon Asparagus Chicken
This is a super simple recipe, however I am going to walk through it step by step here with my tips and tricks so that it can help to answer any more detailed questions that may come up while cooking. For your convenience there is also a FULL recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Lemon Asparagus Chicken Ingredients
- 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast
- 1 lb thin asparagus stalks- You will want to use thin to medium asparagus so that it bakes through enough. I would worry that super thick asparagus may not get as tender as you want in the cook time needed for the chicken. Plus, thinner asparagus tends to be more flavorful than thick asparagus. You will want to prepare the asparagus by breaking off the bottom woody section.
- 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese- You can use shreds are flakes of cheese. You can also substitute romano, asiago or use a blend.
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice- Using fresh lemon juice is really important to the flavor of this dish. I would not recommend using bottled or imitation juice. 1/4 cup is equivalent to about the juice from one large lemon.
- 3 cloves fresh garlic, pressed- Again, fresh garlic is really important to the flavor here and I really recommend it!
- 1 tsp dijon mustard
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 cup sour cream- I use regular sour cream here, but you could also use light. Subbing plain greek yogurt would also work.
- Italian Parsley, chopped
Lemon Asparagus Chicken FAQ’s
This instructions for this Lemon Asparagus Chicken are fairly simple so I am doing this section in frequently asked questions form to answer those things that might be new or tricky for some. Let me know in the comments if there are any questions that I left unanswered so I can add them in here!
Q: How do I prepare asparagus?
A: Usually around the bottom 1/4 of the asparagus stalk will be slightly woody and not tender and easy to eat. You can generally snap this section off by bending the stalk and letting it break naturally.
Q: Can I substitute greek yogurt for sour cream?
A: Yes that should work just fine in this recipe.
Q: Do I bake this uncovered?
A: Yes. Because we want the chicken to bake and not to steam, we want it to cook uncovered as long as possible. In my oven I can bake it the entire time uncovered with a great result. If your oven cooks differently and you find the cheese topping becoming brown you can loosely cover the dish with foil so that it is protected from further browning but the steam can still escape.
Q: There seems to be a lot of liquid in the dish. Why does this happen?
A: The lemon sauce that this cooks in will be thin after cooking but adds a lot of flavor to the dish. You can serve the chicken and if you want spoon over extra juices. If not, you can just discard them. Some chicken will also produce more liquid when baked because many types of chicken are injected with a saline solution before they reach the store shelves which is released when baking. You can usually find this on the package if it is included in your chicken.
Q: What do I do with the leftover Lemon Asparagus Chicken?
A: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container for 3-4 days in the refrigerator or in the freezer for up to a month.
I really hope that you and your family enjoy this recipe as much as we do, especially at this time of year!
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Lemon Asparagus Chicken
- 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
- 1 lb thin asparagus stalks woody stem broken off
- 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 3 cloves fresh garlic pressed
- 1 tsp dijon mustard
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- Garnish optional
- Italian Parsley chopped
- Preheat the oven to 375˚F.
- In a small bowl whisk together the lemon juice, garlic, mustard, salt, pepper olive oil and sour cream.
- Chop the asparagus into bite sized pieces. Place the chicken breasts flat in a single layer in a large casserole dish. Place the asparagus over the chicken. Pour the lemon dressing over the whole dish. Top with parmesan cheese.
- Bake uncovered for 40-50 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through (internal temperature of 165˚F). If the cheese starts to become brown, loosely cover with foil for the remaining cook time.
- Garnish with parsley if desired. Enjoy!
- You can cut the chicken in half, chunks, or use chicken tenderloins in lieu of full chicken breasts to make serving easier. Cooking time may be reduced.
- Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container for 3-4 days in the refrigerator or in the freezer for up to a month.