Lemon garlic chicken and asparagus recipe in a skillet with lemon wedges and fresh basil.
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Lemon Garlic Chicken and Asparagus Skillet

Simple one-skillet meals, like this Lemon Garlic Chicken and Asparagus, are my weeknight workhorses! This recipe requires just a handful of real whole foods, one pan, and 30 minutes. It's simple and filling and it tastes awesome. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Whole30
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 327kcal
Author Danielle Esposti



  • 1.5 lb chicken breast sliced into 1/4" strips
  • 3 tbsp olive oil divided
  • 2 tsp italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp sea or kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 8 oz crimini mushrooms sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 lb asparagus cut into 2" pieces
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice from one 1 lemon
  • 1/4 c julienned fresh basil


  • Heat a 12" skillet over medium high heat. Add 1 tbsp olive oil and heat until it shimmers. Add the chicken, then sprinkle with the italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Sautee the chicken, stirring frequently, until no longer pink, 6-7 minutes. Remove the chicken using a slotted spoon and set aside.
  • Add a second tablespoon olive olive oil to the skillet and allow to heat. Add the mushrooms to the skillet, then toss to coat in the fat and residual spices. Sautee, stirring occasionally, and until the mushrooms have released their liquid, the pan is dry, and the mushrooms are browned and starting to crisp around the edges, 5-6 minutes.
  • Push the mushrooms to the edges of the skillet. Add the third tbsp olive oil to the center of the pan, then add the garlic to the oil. Sautee the garlic for one minute.
  • Add the asparagus to the olive oil and garlic. Sautee the asparagus with the garlic and mushrooms, stirring frequently, until the asparagus is tender but still bright green, about 3-5 minutes depending on thickness. 
  • Add the chicken back to the skillet, along with any juices it released onto the plate, then add the lemon juice. Toss all ingredients together, and sautee an additional 1-2 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and the flavors have melded. 
  • Turn off the heat, add the basil, and toss. Taste for seasoning and add additional salt and pepper if needed. Portion into bowls and serve immediately. 


Calories: 327kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 120mg | Sodium: 560mg | Potassium: 519mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1000% | Vitamin C: 16.5% | Calcium: 50% | Iron: 3.4%