One Pan Lemon Garlic Chicken and Asparagus

One Pan Lemon Garlic Chicken and Asparagus is a simple, healthy meal full of lemony chicken and asparagus that's Paleo and Whole30 friendly. Jump to Recipe


One Pan Lemon Garlic Chicken and Asparagus couldn't be easier to make and has so much flavor from the lemon, garlic, and white wine vinegar sauce.

I am majorly crushing on one pan meals these days. There is really nothing better than having a delicious meal and not having to worry about washing a million and one dishes afterwards. And this recipe for Lemon Garlic Chicken and Asparagus is packed with flavor and all made in the same pan - yay!

The chicken is lightly coated in flour, lemon zest, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. The flour makes sure the chicken gets brown and crispy on the outside. You can use almond flour or coconut flour if you are low carb, paleo, low carb, or gluten free. Then the asparagus, garlic, and a quick pan sauce of chicken broth and white wine vinegar bring everything together. Paired with some quinoa, brown rice, couscous, baked sweet potatoes, or spaghetti squash and you have a perfect meal in my opinion.

Here are tips and tricks for making this One Pan Lemon Garlic Chicken and Asparagus:

  • Although buying chicken breast tenderloins is the easiest option, if whole chicken breasts are more affordable, just slice them into smaller strips so that they cook more quickly. Try to cut them so that they are uniform in size so that they all cook at the same time.
  • Asparagus is my favorite veggie to use in this recipe but you could definitely use green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, or sugar snap peas if you prefer.
  • Depending on thre flavor profiles you like, feel free to add some herbs or spices to the coating for the chicken. Thyme or Italian seasoning are delicious as is oregano and rosemary.
  • Love shrimp? This dish is also delicious with shrimp instead of the chicken. Just don't add the shrimp until the last minute so that it doesn't overcook. It won't need to simmer for 5-10 minutes like the chicken.

Asparagus ready to be chopped for One Pan Lemon Garlic Chicken and Asparagus

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Here are some of the tools I used when preparing this meal:

  • One of the tools I use most often in my kitchen is this citrus juicer since I love adding fresh lemon and lime juice to my recipes. Plus it keeps out the seeds so you don't have to use your hands or a spoon to fish them out.
  • I am in love with this pan that I used to prepare this dish but you could use any heavy bottomed pan or cast iron.
  • I love all types of vinegar but the delicate flavors of white wine vinegar really work in this recipe. This is the one that I use and always have on hand.
The Recipe
One Pan Lemon Garlic Chicken and Asparagus

One Pan Lemon Garlic Chicken and Asparagus

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  • 1.33 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast tenderloins
  • 2 tbsp. flour (or almond flour for Paleo/Whole30/low carb)
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 U lemon (zest and juice)
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cups asparagus, chopped
  • 2 U cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp. white wine vinegar

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Combine the flour, garlic powder, lemon zest (save the juice), salt, and pepper. Toss the chicken with this until all the pieces are just coated.


Heat the olive over medium high heat. Add the chicken and cook on each side for 2-3 minutes until browned. Remove and set aside.


Add the asparagus and garlic to the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring often


Add the chicken broth and vinegar to the skillet. Stir and scrape any browned bits off the bottom of the pan. Add the chicken and let simmer for 5-10 minutes on low heat or until chicken is fully cooked. Squeeze lemon juice over top.

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Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1.5 cups
Amount Per Serving
Calories 239
Calories from Fat 40
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
Saturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 360mg
Total Carbohydrate 10g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 2g
Protein 38g

* 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.

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On One Pan Lemon Garlic Chicken and Asparagus
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August 23, 2021 - 17:57
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I’ve made this a few times. I really enjoy how simple but delicious it is. However I don’t believe the calorie count is correct.
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August 24, 2021 - 12:24
So happy to hear you enjoyed it! We use a third-party nutritional software to calculate nutritional info but I am always happy to double-check it. Can you let me know what you think might be wrong? Thanks.
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March 23, 2019 - 16:10
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I’d definitely recommend this recipie! It was easy to make and super delicious! The chicken was very flavorful and I liked the slight breading flavor from the flour. Next time I make it though, I won’t use as much lemon juice because it overpowered the asparagus in my opinion. I’ll definitely be making this again!
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Rachel Blair
May 12, 2017 - 12:53
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This was so simple to make and chalk full of delicious lemony flavor! Definitely will be making again.
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Cari Wolfson
October 10, 2016 - 10:42
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Amazing!! Definitely will make again.
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Abby Kindervater
April 21, 2016 - 19:13
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My husband and I loved this recipe! Will use regularly.
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February 5, 2017 - 18:23
fantastic recipe. hubby and I loved it. used green beans instead because thats all we had on hand. Threw in some mushrooms as well. Delicious!!!
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