Want to turn chicken into restaurant-quality gourmet fare? You can’t get much quicker than Renee Smith’s Asparagus-Stuffed Chicken Breasts drizzled with a luscious lemony sauce and sprinkled with toasted almonds. “This easy microwave recipe has been a family favorite for many years,” writes Renee from Clinton Township, Michigan. TIP: Serve with Mandarin orange sections to round out the meal.
With only five ingredients I can put a beautiful meal on the table for family or guests in very little time. I use store-bought pesto, which makes preparation quick and easy. This is a one-skillet dish, and it's also the only way I can get my 3-year-old son to eat asparagus. —Brooke Icenhour, Easley, South Carolina
My husband is a big asparagus fan, so I had to try this recipe. It's a mainstay when I want something unusual but simple for guests. For variety, you can leave off the sauce and serve the bundles chilled for lunch.
—Donna Lohnes of Wooster, Ohio
This cool, colorful salad is a palate-pleaser. Apples and asparagus seem an unlikely match, but they form a terrific trio with chicken. I make this salad quite often while asparagus is in season.
— Nancy Horsburgh, Everett, Ontario
No one will be able to resist these lovely open-faced sandwiches that definitely say "spring". Served on toasted English muffins, slices of chicken and tomato are topped with fresh asparagus spears, then draped with a creamy lemon sauce. "This is a great way to use leftover chicken or turkey," says Anca Cretan of Hagerstown, Maryland.
If a delicious chicken and rice entrée is what you're looking for, look no further. This mild herb-flavored rice dish with tender asparagus from Mary Ann Marino of West Pittsburg, Pennsylvania is the answer.