Honey Garlic Chicken and Asparagus

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A simple and healthy Honey Garlic Chicken and Asparagus made on a sheet pan that takes less than 10 minutes to cook will be a hit with the whole family.

253 CALORIES 12g CARBS 5g FAT 34g PROTEIN
3
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This easy Honey Garlic Chicken and Asparagus is a weeknight staple since it uses simple ingredients you likely have at home. Plus it is ready in less than twenty minutes.  Love this combo? Make sure to check out this One Pan Lemon Garlic Chicken and Asparagus and Sheet Pan Honey Mustard Chicken.

Chicken and asparagus and a dreamy honey mustard garlic sauce. This dish is so so good and couldn't be easier to make. It is fresh, healthy, and kid friendly and is regularly part of our weeknight dinner rotation since everyone loves it. I make it with all kinds of vegetables depending on what I have on hand and usually serve it with quinoa, brown rice, or a baked potato. Plus since I love variation, there are tons of easy ways to customize this and change up the flavors.

Chicken and asparagus in a honey mustard sauce on foil.

Before we dig into ways to customize this chicken and asparagus recipe, let's talk about the sauce because it is one I constantly use in the kitchen. It's made with a combination of honey, Dijon mustard, garlic, soy sauce (or coconut aminos), and olive oil. And let me tell you, it tastes amazing on everything. I use it on salmon, pork, chicken, tofu, and veggies. I even use it as a stir-fry sauce. This stuff is seriously simple and seriously tasty.

Honey Garlic Chicken and Asparagus Recipe Ideas

  • Make it spicy: If you like things on the spicy side, add red pepper flakes to the sauce. It will add a nice amount of heat to the dish. Sriracha also works for an Asian twist.
  • Switch out the veggies: This recipe will work with all kinds of veggies that are quick cooking. Try things like sugar snap peas, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, summer squash, boy choy, or green beans. You can also use carrots, just make sure to cut them into matchsticks so they cook quickly. 
  • Change the protein: I really like chicken breasts for this recipe since they stay juicy when they are quickly broiled. However, this can be made with chicken thighs, boneless pork chops, or fish.  It also works with extra firm tofu for a vegetarian option.
  • Herbs and spices: You can add flavor and depth to the sauce with fresh or dried herbs or your favorite spices. Rosemary and thyme work really well. I also like to sprinkle the chicken with Cajun seasoning to add a touch of spice. 

Chicken with asparagus and quinoa on a white plate with garlic on the side.

How do you broil chicken breast?

There are a few important steps to take to broil chicken breast. The first and most important is to cut the chicken into thinner cutlet style pieces. Normally chicken breast is too thick for the broiler and you will end up with a burnt outside and raw inside. Instead, you want to cut the chicken into thinner pieces that will cook quickly at the high temperature of broiling. You can do this by cutting a regular chicken breast in half horizontally. You can also just buy chicken cutlets or chicken tenderloins. 

The next thing you think about is how long to broil chicken breast. Thin pieces of chicken breast will normally be fully cooked in 6-8 minutes when they are broiled. Once the juices run clear and the internal temperature of the chicken has reached 165 degrees, they are ready. 

Do you need to blanch the asparagus first?

There is no need to blanch the asparagus before broiling it. Asparagus cooks very quickly and will come out perfect when broiled for 6-8 minutes. 

Can I bake this chicken and asparagus?

Absolutely! Prepare the chicken and asparagus the same way and place them on a baking sheet. Then instead of broiling the chicken, bake it at 400 degrees for 15-18 minutes until the chicken is fully cooked. If you decide to make this with thighs or bone-in chicken, it will take longer. I recommend adding the asparagus during the last ten minutes of cooking so they don't get mushy.

Can I make this as a skillet chicken and asparagus?

This recipe works great in a skillet as well. Start by heating some olive oil in a skillet. Brush the chicken with the honey garlic sauce and add it to the pan in a single layer. Let it cook for 3-5 minutes until browned and then flip and repeat on the other side. Remove the chicken and set aside. Add the asparagus to the pan and toss with the remaining sauce. Cook for 6-8 minutes until just tender and bright green. Serve alongside the chicken.

Side Dishes for Chicken with Asparagus

  • Grains: Since the sauce for this dish is so good, normally I will just serve it alongside couscous, brown rice, or quinoa. The grains soak up some of the extra sauce and it's delicious. Cauliflower rice is also a good option for a lower carb or Paleo meal.
  • Mashed Cauliflower: In colder months, I often serve this with some mashed cauliflower, mashed butternut squash, or mashed potatoes. 
  • Potatoes: Our family loves potatoes so they are a popular choice. When I am pressed for time I make simple baked regular or sweet potatoes. When I have more time I will make my favorite easy roasted potatoes.

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The Recipe

Honey Garlic Chicken and Asparagus

PREP TIME: 10 Min
COOK TIME: 10 Min
TOTAL TIME: 20 Min
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Ingredients

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  • 1.33 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into cutlets
  • 2 cups asparagus
  • 2 U garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce (or coconut aminos)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp paprika (regular, smoked, or hot)
  • Salt and pepper

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Instructions

  1. Preheat the broiler. Prepare a broiler rack about 6 inches from the broiler. Line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. Mix together the garlic, honey, mustard, soy sauce, and olive oil.
  3. Place on the chicken and asparagus on a baking sheet. Season the chicken and asparagus with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the paprika over the chicken.
  4. Spoon honey mustard mixture over the chicken and asparagus.
  5. Cook for 6-8 minutes until chicken is fully cooked and browning. Cooking time will depend on the thickness of the chicken.
Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 6 oz chicken and 1/2 cup asparagus
Amount Per Serving
Calories 253
Calories from Fat 43
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
7%
Saturated Fat 1g
3%
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Cholesterol 74mg
24%
Sodium 369mg
16%
Total Carbohydrate 12g
4%
Dietary Fiber 2g
6%
Sugars 10g
Protein 34g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

Honey Garlic Chicken and Asparagus
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3 Comments
On Honey Garlic Chicken and Asparagus
Deanna
July 27, 2018 - 18:32
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This was SO good! My husband and 22 year old son were crazy about it! Thank you so much for an easy, healthy dinner meal!
Robin
July 21, 2018 - 07:39
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This was really yummy! I included some sliced cauliflower as well. It was all a big hit with the family and very easy to make.
carolyn
July 20, 2018 - 06:17
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i made this dish yesterday for supper it was delecious and you felt totaly satisfied would recommend you try it one time you will make it over and over.and the calories for a meal unreal
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