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Chicken and Asparagus Bundles

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.

Makes

4 servings

My husband is a big asparagus fan, so I had to try this chicken-wrapped asparagus 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, Wooster, Ohio
Chicken and Asparagus Bundles Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
  • 20 fresh asparagus spears (about 1 pound), trimmed
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup chicken broth

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Flatten chicken breast halves to 1/2-inch. Wrap each around five asparagus spears; secure with toothpicks. Place in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Combine oil, lemon juice and seasonings; pour over bundles. Cover asparagus tips with foil.
  2. Cover and bake for 15 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with the onions. Bake 25-30 minutes longer or until a thermometer inserted in chicken reads 165° and asparagus is crisp-tender. Remove bundles to a serving platter and keep warm.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine cornstarch and broth until smooth; stir in pan juices. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes. Remove toothpicks. Serve with sauce.
Chicken-Wrapped Asparagus Tips

Do you have to cover the chicken-wrapped asparagus in the oven?

The entire dish doesn't need to be covered when it goes into the oven—just the tips of the asparagus, which will cook faster than the chicken. Foil will prevent the delicate tips from getting burnt. If you find cooking asparagus to be tricky, our guide will show you 9 ways to make perfect asparagus every time.

What can you serve with chicken-wrapped asparagus?

A stovetop side dish like rice or skillet potatoes would pair nicely with this chicken recipe since it's using oven space. If you're short on time, a dump-and-go side dish will get you to the table in no time.

How do you store chicken-wrapped asparagus?

Store leftover chicken-wrapped asparagus covered in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days. Reheat until the chicken reaches 165°F. If leftovers are frozen, the asparagus will get quite soft when reheated, so it's best to eat this dish fresh or store leftovers in the refrigerator.

Peggy Woodward, RDN, Taste of Home Senior Food Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 bundle: 251 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 378mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 36g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.

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