One Pan Skillet Garlic Parmesan Chicken & Asparagus

Juicy, lightly breaded One Pan Skillet Garlic Parmesan Chicken & Asparagus is cooked to perfection and covered in melty parmesan cheese -all in one skillet! 

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Okay I realize that the words “parmesan chicken” are in the title of this recipe, but it is not to be confused with the chicken in red sauce Italian dish that you might think of. I hear you, “why did you call it parmesan chicken then??” – and I really tried to rearrange the wording of the recipe name just to avoid that but it never sounded…. right. So we’re sticking with garlic parmesan chicken and that’s just the way it’s gonna have to be.

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The thing it, it actually kind of is like that sort of parmesan chicken in a couple of ways. The first is that the chicken is lightly breaded. Regular chicken parm usually has a pretty thick breading but today we are very lightly breading our chicken. Why? It doesn’t need a lot of breading, just a bit, and it will save you a whole lot in the calorie department to go with a lighter coating.

Well can I just skip the breading? NO. Alright technically yes, I can’t stop you. But I am pleading with  you not to skip it. It really seals the moisture into the chicken so you get the juiciest chicken ever and it also amps the flavor and texture up to another level. You’ll love it and it takes two seconds so just do it friends.

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The other similarity this has to good old fashioned chicken parm? The parm of course. Right at the end you’re gonna sprinkle everything in the pan with some shredded parmesan cheese and cook it just long enough to get melty and delicious and it is uhmayyyyyyyzing. And when I say everything in the pan it’s because HELLO! we’ve got asparagus.

Yeah. Asparagus. Cause it’s now officially spring and I am doing ALL the spring eats right now.

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Which brings me to the most wonderful part of this dish – it’s a main dish and a side dish all in one. BAM. Two birds with one stone. A whole meal in one skillet. I mean sure, you could go all-out like I did and throw some garlic bread in the oven or maybe whip up a salad, because as discussed yesterday over that mango chipotle chicken salad, I have an addiction you know.

But that’s pretty fantastic right? Main dish and side dish in one fell swoop?? I’m freaking out a little bit over here.

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What people are saying about this Skillet Garlic Parmesan Chicken & Asparagus

“DELICIOUS! I made this the other night. It is now one of our brand new favorites! Easy, fast and delicious. What more could you ask for?” – Candy

“This dinner was a tremendous hit with my family. We didn’t have one bite of anything left over. I fixed the chicken and asparagus like the recipe and i made sautéed/ fried yellow squash with onion on the side. And, garlic bread. Wow! For them to be fighting over the last bites is awesome. Does a heart good. <3. Thanks for the hit dinner!” – Candi

“This has been a weekly staple at our house since I found it on Pinterest back in March! I use Panko extra crispy bread crumbs instead of flour and whatever amount of fresh asparagus we have that day. Delish! Thanks so much for the recipe!” – Jan

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Skillet Garlic Parmesan Chicken & Asparagus

Juicy, lightly breaded garlic chicken cooked to perfection alongside crisp and tender asparagus and covered in melty parmesan cheese -all in one skillet!

Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword breaded, garlic, parmesan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Tiffany

Ingredients

  • 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 1 pound asparagus spears
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • optional: chopped parsley for garnish

Instructions

  1. Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.

  2. While butter is melting, whisk together flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Dredge the chicken breasts in the flour mixture, being sure to coat all sides.

  3. Once butter is melted, add your chicken to the pan in a single layer (you'll probably need to squish them in there, it's perfectly fine if they are touching and squished). Cook for about 2-3 minutes - just long enough to brown the outside of the chicken, then flip the chicken and move all chicken breasts over to one side of the skillet as best you can.

  4. Add asparagus to the bare part of the pan. Sprinkle with remaining salt, garlic powder, and black pepper. Cook chicken and asparagus until chicken is white through the middle and asparagus is tender.

  5. Sprinkle chicken and asparagus with the parmesan cheese. All to cook another couple of minutes until the cheese is melty (you can set a pot lid or a piece of aluminum foil over the top of the pan to speed this up!) Garnish with chopped parsley if desired and serve.

 

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yummy! This chicken looks really good!

Tiffany this looks like the perfect weeknight meal! I love how beautiful it is – all those crisp fresh asparagus stalks & cheesy chicken!! Pinned!!

    Thanks Ami! I’m pretty obsessed with asparagus right now and this all-in-one meal is my new fav!!

wooow nice recipe nice post

So I am just wondering, while the recipe calls for a not stick pan, the photos show a cast iron pan?.

    You can use a traditional pan or a cast iron skillet – if you use a cast iron skillet be sure to grease it well!

      If your cast iron skillet is properly seasoned, it won’t require greasing to keep chicken from sticking. Just use a little butter or EVOO for flavor.

My husband is deathly allergic to anything with wing. Do you think pork could be substituted?

    You could try boneless pork chops! I bet that would be delicious!

I’m calling bullshit on the photo. There’s tomato paste or passata on the chicken in the photo…..and no mention of it in the recipe.

    I’m sorry but you are very mistaken, there’s no tomato paste or any sauce on the chicken.

      I was also wondering what is the “red”on the chicken in the picture.

        Hi Ang, the red you are seeing is just the browned part of the chicken 🙂

          Never seen red part of browned chicken before.??? Looks like good ole tomato sauce to me too.

          Regardless it looks good!

    Just FYI. Made this exactly as instructed and it browned just like the pic. No tomato sauce at all. I think the garlic powder added a small hint of color.

What is the carb count?

I’m not a fan of asparagus…what do you think of throwing some green beans with the spices?

    That sounds so yummy!

Tiffany, when you say to cut the breasts lengthwise, do you mean to split them into cutlets? If so, can I pound them instead? Thanks.

Looks delicious, would love to make it but with no Calorie info or other info on there can’t really do it. With our diet restrictions we have to be careful what we eat. 🙁

I fixed this for dinner this evening. We had homemade rolls and salad with it. My family really liked it. Thanks for sharing.

Thanks for this recipe. It was easy enough for a lazy/non-cooker like me, and was delicious to boot. Also, that’s definitely browned meat in the photo; mine turned out similarly.

Your picture of “One Pan skillet Garlic Parmesan Chicken” showed some tomato sauce…. but your recipe doesn’t call for any tomato of any kind. PARMESAN Chicken ALWAYS has a tomato sauce of SOME kind….. was this a typo? If not, can you explain ? AND if so, what sauce do you recommend?

    Hi Candy,

    There is no tomato sauce in this recipe, the reddish-brown color you see in the photos is just browning from cooking the chicken in the pan. 🙂

DELICIOUS! ❤❤❤❤❤

I made this the other night. It is now one of our brand new favorites!
Easy, fast and delicious. What more could you ask for?
I did take liberties with the cheese. I also added a spoonful of jar marinara sauce to each breast before adding the cheese. Then I added thick sliced Mozzarella cheese and finished it off with freshly grated Parmesan cheese sprinkled over the chicken and the asparagus.

This is MY kind of dinner–easy, healthy and tasty!

    Mine too! 🙂

I made this today and it is a keeper! My husband said it was delicious! A new fav.

This dinner was a Tremendous hit with my family. We didn’t have one bite of anything left over. I fixed the chicken and asparagus like the recipe and i made sautéed/ fried yellow squash with onion on the side. And, garlic bread. Wow! For them to be fighting over the last bites is awesome. Does a heart good. <3. Thanks for the hit dinner!

This has been a weekly staple at our house since I found it on pinterest back in March! I use Panko extra crispy bread crumbs instead of flour and whatever amount of fresh asparagus we have that day. Delish! Thanks so much for the recipe!

Whole family loves it! I do panko instead of flour be ause kids request that. A fave in our house. 😊

    Great modification! Thanks for sharing, Erin! 🙂