This pan fried lemon chicken and asparagus recipe is a delicious, healthy, gluten free one skillet meal that will have you back for seconds!
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Pan Fried Lemon Chicken
I love cooking dinner for my family, but the one thing I do not enjoy is cleanup. So, for starters, this pan fried lemon chicken is an all-inclusive, one pan meal! This makes cleanup easy and quick. Score!
Now that everyone is listening, let’s talk LEMON. Lemon is one of those ingredients that the mouth responds to just by thinking about it. It knows it. It loves it. The mouth prepares just by thought alone! This lemon chicken delivers the delicious lemon flavor in a way that is not overwhelming. Because, let’s face it, lemon can be overwhelming at times.
The lemon sauce is not only thick nad creamy, but there is enough to cover all the food. That is another gripe of mine when I make a sauce and there just isn’t quite enough. You don’t have to worry about that with this recipe
Everyone loves a one pot meal, or rather, a one skillet meal! Here is all you need:
How to Make Pan Fried Lemon Chicken
Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add the chicken seasoning with salt and pepper to the skillet and sear on both sides until the internal temperature reaches 165. Remove and set aside.
Reduce the heat to medium and add the butter to the skillet. Saute the asparagus seasoned with Italian seasoning and salt and pepper until done to your liking. Remove and set aside.
Add the minced garlic to the skillet, and saute for 30 seconds. Whisk in the basil, chicken broth and heavy whipping cream, lemon juice as well as more salt and pepper to taste. Cook until the sauce has thickened.
Add the chicken and asparagus back to the skillet, spooning the sauce over the chicken before serving.
Pan Fried Lemon Chicken Substitutions
There are many substitutions that you can make to alter this pan fried chicken recipe!
The first and most obvious substitution is for the asparagus. My favorite replacement is broccoli. This alters the cooking style a bit but you can easily substitute broccoli in for asparagus.
As far as other veggies, give them a try! You really can’t go wrong. Another option is to cut up potatoes and pan fry them.
Lemon is a fun one to play with. Lime is the best substitute for lemon. Lemon is very unique and has some pretty amazing tastebud qualities, so it is generally the last ingredient that I will substitute. Having said that, lime is a great substitute if you are in a bind or just want to switch it up a bit,
Herbs and Spices
One of my favorite spices to add is lemon pepper. I happen to love the lemon flavor and adding lemon pepper just brings it up a notch.
The broth is one of those things that you can pretty much substitute out at will. Great substitutes for chicken broth are bone broth, vegetable broth, and beef broth. The beef broth is last on that list on purpose, but is still a great sub!
How Do You Pan Fry Chicken Without Making it Tough
Tough and rubbery chicken is the worst! And chicken breasts are notorious for that when cooked wrong. The best way to avoid this when pan frying is to try thin pieces of chicken. This is why the chicken breasts in this pan fried lemon chicken recipe are pounded thing.
This reduces cooking time and therefore reduces the chance of ending up with tough chicken!
What to Serve with Pan Fried Lemon Chicken
To be honest, you don’t need to serve anything with this! It is a full meal all in one. But if you are looking for a fun gluten free side dish, well then I got ya covered! My two favorite things to eat with this dish are the gluten free skillet bread and the Greek Chickpea salad. Both are wonderful choices!
Gluten Free Chicken Options
If you are looking for some other delicious gluten free chicken dinners, hang on to your hat! This smoked spatchcock chicken is like nothing I’ve ever tasted before. A unique chicken recipe that is not only delicious but also gluten free and low in sugar. Oh, and let’s not forget the crispy skin. YUM!
My other favorite chicken dinner is this gluten free butter chicken. Melts in your mouth and will be devoured in minutes, so be prepared!
Other Gluten Free Dinners You Might Like
- 1 ½ pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded thin
- 1 pound Asparagus spears
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoon butter unsalted
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- ½ cup chicken broth
- ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
- ½ teaspoon dried basil
- Juice from half a lemon
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat.
- Add the chicken seasoning with salt and pepper to the skillet and sear on both sides until the internal temperature reaches 165. Remove and set aside.
- Reduce the heat to medium and add the butter to the skillet.
- Saute the asparagus seasoned with Italian seasoning and salt and pepper until done to your liking. Remove and set aside.
- Add the minced garlic to the skillet, and saute for 30 seconds.
- Whisk in the basil, chicken broth and heavy whipping cream, lemon juice as well as more salt and pepper to taste. Cook until the sauce has thickened.
- Add the chicken and asparagus back to the skillet, spooning the sauce over the chicken before serving.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 422Total Fat: 33gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 121mgSodium: 292mgCarbohydrates: 9gNet Carbohydrates: 6gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 19g
Nutrition is calculated using a third party plug-in. It is best to always validate!