My grandson and I made this the other night. He ate two helpings! Very simple to make and quite delicious especially if you like chicken and lemon like we do.
First, dry and trim any fat from:
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Cut each breast into large chunks then salt and pepper to taste. Heat in a 12″ skillet with high sides over medium high heat:
1 tablespoon olive oil
When shimmering add chicken chunks, brown on every side. Remove to a plate and add to the pan:
1 pound asparagus, washed, trimmed and cut into 2″ pieces
Sauté 2-3 minutes before removing from the pan. Pour off oil in pan to leave about 1 tablespoon. Add:
1 teaspoon ground coriander
2 teaspoons minced garlic
3 teaspoons lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
Sauté just until the coriander becomes fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add:
1 1/4 cups chicken stock
1 tablespoon honey
3 tablespoons lemon juice
chicken breasts along with any juices on the plate
1/2 can (about 1 cup) drained and mashed chickpeas*
Reduce heat to medium low or low and cook just until the chicken registers 175 degrees or is completely firm to the touch, about 10-15 minutes. Turn the chicken several times while cooking to ensure an even cook. If the sauce is reducing too much, reduce heat to low and/or cover the pan to keep in the remaining sauce. When chicken is cooked, remove to the plate and add the asparagus back into the pan to cook for an additional 2-3 minutes until just tender. Stir the chicken back into the pan. Serve over rice, garnish with fresh parsley or green onions. Makes 4 servings (unless you’ve got someone like my grandson around!).
*If you like the texture of whole chickpeas you can also add the other half can whole when you add the asparagus back into the pan towards the end.