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Chicken Asparagus Pasta

We enjoy this dish often in the spring when asparagus is fresh on the market. It’s a favorite with family and friends and a welcome surprise to those who think they don’t like asparagus. —Taralynn Plastina, McHenry, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    2 servings


  • 2/3 cup cut fresh asparagus (1-inch pieces)
  • 4 teaspoons canola oil, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 ounces uncooked fettuccine
  • 1/2 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


  • Place asparagus in an ungreased 2-qt. baking dish; drizzle with 2 teaspoons oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 10-12 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally.
  • Meanwhile, cook fettuccine according to package directions. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook chicken and garlic in remaining oil until chicken is no longer pink.
  • Stir in the lemon juice, zest and butter; heat through. Remove from the heat. Drain fettuccine; toss with chicken mixture and asparagus. Sprinkle with cheese.
Nutrition Facts
1-3/4 cups: 497 calories, 21g fat (7g saturated fat), 84mg cholesterol, 823mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 3g fiber), 35g protein.

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  • Kathryn
    May 18, 2020

    Delicious and easy. I modified it a bit to use leftover roast chicken and was very pleased with how tasty it is.

  • sgronholz
    Jun 20, 2018

    I thought this recipe was great! It has a bold lemon flavor and is a nice chance of pace from other chicken- asparagus-pasta recipes. I will definitely be making this again!

  • EmmasMomma
    Jul 7, 2017

    Delicious! It's quite a bit more lemony than I expected, but the whole family loved this. I added just a half tablespoon of butter to it as I felt it needed just a bit more.This recipe is definitely going in my rotation.

  • annlindblad
    Feb 28, 2017

    Tasty, but a bit dry...Reccomend adding a bit of half and half...

  • PamelaKKidd
    Aug 31, 2013

    This was a great recipe. Very good and easy with very little ingredients. A great combination of ingredients. I have made this dish several times and love it every time I make it.

  • BusyMomma99
    Mar 10, 2013

    No comment left

  • cyounce
    Mar 26, 2012

    Yum!! This was a fast and easy recipe that the entire family loved. Will definitely make again.

  • Taralynnn
    Mar 5, 2012

    This is actually my submitted recipe, but they downsized it for 2 servings. When I make, I use a pound of gemelli pasta, a pound of chicken, the zest and juice of a whole lemon, 2 if "dry", a "bundle" of asparagus, most of a stick of butter and 1/4 cup olive oil (as combining the oil and butter keeps butter from burning), lots of garlic and at least a cup of the fresh shaved parmesan. It really is amazing, especially now with the fresh asparagus, which I roast at 450, not 400 until just done.

  • Gruntdude
    Feb 26, 2012

    I was skeptical because there was only one review, but I had chicken and asparagus that needed to be cooked and WHOA! It was amazing. Such a simple easy recipe to make, prep time and cooking is 30 mins all together. I personally would have liked to be more saucey. So I headed another tsp of butter (substitute margarine for a lighter healthy version).

  • mommawentz
    Jan 4, 2012

    This was a wonderful pasta! I substituted linguine and added red pepper flakes. I also used a little low sodium chicken broth instead of butter and it came out delicious!!