One Pan Garlic Herb Chicken and Asparagus

This 20 minute one pan garlic herb chicken and asparagus is full of rich, buttery herb flavors with both chicken and asparagus all cooked in one skillet for easy prep and cleanup. 

One Pan Garlic Herb Chicken and Asparagus |
One pan meals are LIFE.

A protein and a veggie side dish all made in a single skillet is my kind of dinner. This chicken and asparagus thing is buttery herbed goodness you need this week. All you need is about 20 minutes and you’re set my friends.

One Pan Garlic Herb Chicken and Asparagus |

The process is really simple, but let me walk you through it real quick. In your favorite skillet, melt some butter, stir in garlic and herbs, then add the chicken. Brown on the first side, then flip and a keep cooking a little longer.

Next you wanna scooooooot all the chicken to the side and let it keep cooking while you cook your asparagus in the empty part of the pan with a tad more butter (don’t worry, this dish is still lightened up, there’s only 3 tablespoons butter in the whole thing).  Cook that green asparagus til tender and your chicken is cooked through.

And that’s IT. Your whole dinner, ready to go, with a whole lot of flavor and hardly any work involved.


One Pan Garlic Herb Chicken and Asparagus |

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This 20 minute one pan garlic herb chicken and asparagus is full of rich, buttery herb flavors with both chicken and asparagus all cooked in a single pan for easy prep and cleanup.
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
  • 3-6 chicken thighs or boneless skinless chicken breasts (breasts pounded to even ½ inch thickness)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound asparagus, ends trimmed
  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil (see note)
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • fresh herbs for garnish (optional)
  1. Season chicken with salt and pepper on both sides. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large pan/skillet over meidum-high heat. Stir in garlic and herbs and cook another minute or so until the garlic is fragrant.
  2. Reduce heat to medium, add chicken to pan, and cook for 5-7 minutes, then flip and cook another 5-7 minutes. (Chicken should be nearly, but not completely cooked through by this point)
  3. Scoot the chicken over the sides and add remaining 1 tablespoon butter to the empty portion of the pan. Once the butter is melted, add asparagus. Season asparagus with salt and pepper, to taste. Cook, rotating throughout, for 4-6 minutes until tender and chicken is completely cooked through.
  4. Serve immediately garnished with freshly cracked black pepper and fresh herbs if desired.
In place of the dried basil, oregano, and thyme, you can use about 1½ teaspoons dried Italian seasoning.


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Yum, but should the asparagus be (quickly) blanched before adding it into the skillet w/ the chicken? What size skillet did you use, which accommodated 1 lb. of asparagus and 5 chicken thighs?
This is an easy and quick main dish to make on a busy day. Since we love asparagus (and also chicken)…. I’m sure that I’ll be serving it pretty often with an easy side dish…. such as a tossed salad and Hawaiian dinner rolls. BTW, I like to sprinkle a few drops of lemon juice over my asparagus when it’s already on the serving platter. It seems to add a little ‘brightness’ to it.

    I used a 11 inch stone ware pan and had plenty of room ….
    Did turn out great and like you will be fixing it often .

I made this for last night, and it was very good! I used green beans in place of the asparagus because it was what I had on hand, but that’s the only change I made, I will definitely be making this again!

    So enjoy one pan dinners and I like this simple recipe. I would have added a baked potato also. Thank you for sharing. I just finished up the last of 4 pasta dishes with chicken/asparagus and grape tomatoes in Alfredo Roasted Garlic Sauce last night. A dish YOU might be interested in also.

I love one pan recipes. It makes things so much easier. Thank you!

I just made this and it was amazing!!

Love it. Think maybe add just a dash of sirrach to spice it up a little.

    I love that idea! Everything tastes better with a little heat!

Delicious! I cooked the asparagus separately since it won’t fit in the pan.

Trying this weekend

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Can you used green bean instead of asparagus

    Yes! If you use fresh green beans, I would recommend steaming them first so they are at least half-way cooked because they tend to take longer to cook than asparagus. 🙂

I’d like to try adding a few capers. Excited to try this dish!!

I am going to try this but use broccoli ..can’t wait! Looks yummy!

    I used broccoli and threw in some angel hair pasta. Yummy!

Is there anything you can use in place of all of that butter? That is a lot of fat for,the meal.

    There’s only 3 tablespoons of butter, that’s not very much for four portions, but you could substitute another kind of oil like canola or vegetable, or even coconut oil if that’s something you prefer. 🙂

I cannot have butter do you think I could make this with pam spray?

    I would recommend vegetable or canola oil in place of the butter. 🙂

      What about olive oil?

        Crazy thing is that I used a little butter and then a touch of extra virgin olive oil.

    You could always just use chicken broth, probably about a quarter of a cup in place of the butter if you can’t do butter.

With any chicken thighs I’ve gotten and used there is always a HUGE amount of fat I have to cut out, and it’s in the crevices. It takes a goodly amount of time to clean them up. I never use chicken thighs for a “quick” meal because of this, unfortunately!Any ideas on this?

    You can actually skip the chicken thighs and use chicken tenderloins instead! Generally littler to no cleaning needed and they cook quickly. 🙂

      It would definitely be easier, but I think that tenders are going to cook at LOT faster than the asparagus… so, you’ll have to adjust accordingly..

I found this recipe today and made it. It was very delicious…even my picky hubby licked his plate. Served it with a rainbow salad and low calorie dressing. Great healthy dinner. Added to our weekly rotation. Thank you!!!

    What is “a rainbow salad?”

Okay this wil definitely be made again in the Davis household! Satisfies even the pickiest of eaters including my gluten-free husband! I only wish I could include a picture as it turned out just as beautiful as the ones that say here! Chicken was so tender

I am going to use this only cook in Air fryer

Does anyone know of this is Whole 30 approved? It looks delicious!

    If you use ghee vs butter it would be whole30 Approved

    As long as you use ghee or clarified butter it would be whole 30 approved.

Made this for supper. It was so easy and delicious. My husband really liked it. Know I’ll be making it again

This was so good! Saw the video on FB today and decided to make it for dinner. The only changes were using green beans instead and since they were frozen, I made them in a separate pan and began prepared the same as the chicken. Delicious and a keeper!

I made this for dinner tonight and it was very tasty. I used bone-in thighs and it took 20 minutes longer, next time boneless!

Made it tonight for my son and I. We both liked it, but it’s missing something. Next time I’ll play around with the ingredients.

It was delicious and easy just as promised! My asparagus was thin so no need to parboil. Will definitely make again. Might try a little lemon juice next time or a few capers, but actually not needed

This was amazing! We just had it for dinner…
Nothing left!
I did not have onion powder. Did not substitute it.
No fresh herbs. Used mixed dried garden herbs.
In a word: A-May-Zing!
I made an extra German cucumber salad to complete the meal.
5 stars for 1-pan simplicity!

    I do not use onion powder, need to watch my sodium and prefer fresh onion. When I make this will use fresh onion.

Really good. I used fresh herbs, since I have them growing outside, and a LOT more garlic. Served it with quinoa with some craisins and some chutney mixed in. Yummy!

I’d love to print the recipe, but the print option doesn’t seem to be working, just shows a blank page.

I just made this for dinner tonight and am substituting green beans for the asparagus later…so easy and smells wonderful. I made it early so that the chicken can be kept on low and be tender.

Just made this and it was delicious!!! So easy and tasty. Always on the look out for something simple, healthy, and flavorful. Will definitely make again! 🙂

    Hi Samantha! So glad to hear you enjoyed this recipe! Thanks for the feedback!

Next time I will steam the asparagus a little and then add them to the pan for finishing at the end. I used a big skillet but there just wasn’t enough room – the asparagus took too long to cook and wasn’t quite done enough. That being said, my BF – who loves chicken thighs – said this was one of the best things I’ve ever made. I will be making this often, and it would be a good dish to make for company.

This probably goes without saying unless you’re a dumbass like me: have the garlic and dry ingredients premeasured out and ready to stir in at once … I added in the garlic and starting measuring out the herbs one by one, and that did not work out too well, although I somehow managed to recover without overdoing the garlic.

    i stacked the thighs on one side, so there would be room – and i added a lid so it would help steam the asparagus and chicken – so good and worked perfectly. i’ve made it twice this way and both kids devour it. i think cooking the veggies seperate will change the flavor and i love it too much to change it

Making this tonight and yay for butter! This makes a great Keto friendly meal. I’m also adding mushrooms because they are on hand. I have pencil thin asparagus — can not wait! Thanks for the dish!

I made this last night and my husband and I loved it! Very easy and delicious!

I’ve made this twice now. Today was farm market fresh asparagus & shitake mushrooms. Sauteed the mushrooms a little. Added to pan when I added the asparagus. Covered & it basically steamed the asparagus until semi crispy. Made real wild rice to serve with. So yummy!!

I have no onion powder, have seen someone else didn’t and didn’t substitute so I’ll just do that. If I’m only doing 2 breasts – would I half all the butter and herbs and garlic?

    Hi! You don’t have to half any of the ingredients for only doing 2 chicken breasts. 🙂

Can this recipe be made in the oven instead of stovetop?

I made this last night. Needless to say there were no leftovers! I would say though you should transfer to plate as soon as done. I left it in the pan while I served the kids and the asparagus got soft and soggy. anyway it was still delicious. I do have a question.. Can you make this with pork chops too? Thank you

    Hi Janet! I’ve never made this recipe with pork chops, but I bet it would be delicious!

Will try this easy recipe for dinner tonight. Looks delish! Will add mushrooms for sure.

I would love to try this tonight! Looks Delish! But, does anyone know the nutritional value of this meal? Calories, Protein, Carbs, Sodium, Etc.

    I don’t have the nutritional info on hand for this recipe, but MyFitnessPal has an awesome tool that calculates all that out for you! Here’s the link: It’s free and all you do it copy and paste the recipe URL into the Recipe Importer and it will tell you everything you need to know! 🙂

Made this tonight. It was soo simple to make and tasted great. Will definitely be making this again.

Made this tonight and it was easy to do and so good! We will be adding this to dishes we cook often. I will be looking at your other recipes!

Delicious!!! I added colorful baby potatoes along with the asparagus. My husband really likes this! He’s always asking for something different for dinner that is flavorful!! Can’t wait to make this again for a get together dinner with our friends.

Just made this meal for dinner and it was a hit! Super delicious and full of flavor. I stayed true to the recipe and it was extremely simple. Thank you.

I added fresh lemon juice to it yummy

Amazing. Even my picky 2 year old and husband enjoyed this. I can’t do onion powder so I added fresh onion in with the garlic. So delicious!

Great recipe! Made this tonight except substituted Green beans. Great flavor. My only question, it seems in the video you drizzled some of the juices over the chicken. I did not have any left over – did you make a sauce? Thanks for the recipe!

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