Pan-roasted Chicken with Asparagus and Shiitakes

April 23, 2010 | By andrea | Filed in: Chicken, Main Dish, Quick Cooking, Recipes.

This beautiful spring dish is not only delicious but incredibly easy. I love how simple and unfussy it is: earthy mushrooms, crisp-tender asparagus, pan-seared chicken. Yumm! Serve with crusty bread for a fantastic yet quick meal!

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Pan-roasted Chicken with Asparagus and Shiitakes
-recipe from Sunset Magazine

Meaty shiitakes, a good sear on the chicken, and a sprinkle of nutty parmesan cheese—not to mention the sweet, tender-crisp asparagus—make this low-fat dish a winner. Prep and Cook Time: about 30 minutes. Notes: If you prefer your asparagus more fully cooked, return it to the oven once you’ve lifted out the chicken and bake it 5 to 10 minutes more. Makes 4 servings

2 tablespoons olive oil
4 boned skinned chicken breast halves (8 oz. each)
2 large shallots, minced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup reduced-sodium chicken stock
3 sprigs thyme, plus chopped thyme for garnish
8 ounces shiitake mushroom caps, rinsed and halved, or halved button mushrooms
About 1/2 tsp. salt
About 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 pound slender asparagus, trimmed
1/4 cup freshly and finely shredded parmesan

Preheat oven to 375°. Heat olive oil in a large, heavy ovenproof frying pan (not nonstick) over high heat until oil is hot but not smoking. Add chicken breasts, top side down, and cook until golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Turn chicken over.

Add shallots and garlic to pan with chicken, stirring occasionally so garlic doesn’t burn, until shallots are soft and translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Add chicken stock, thyme sprigs, mushrooms, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper and cook until mixture begins to boil, about 1 minute.

Lay asparagus over chicken, then cover pan and put in oven. Bake 14 to 16 minutes, or until chicken is just cooked through (cut to check) and asparagus is tender (see Notes). Transfer chicken to a plate.

Season asparagus-shiitake-stock mixture with salt and pepper to taste. Divide vegetables among 4 rimmed plates or shallow pasta bowls, top each with a piece of chicken, and spoon sauce over all. Garnish with chopped thyme and parmesan.

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13 comments on “Pan-roasted Chicken with Asparagus and Shiitakes

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  2. Marie says:

    Hello sweet Andrea – thank you for your inspiration cooking blog! It’s my first time visiting from New Friend Friday. I am totally one of those Mamas who has got into a rut of making the same things over and over. I have a family of 6. 4 kids ranging from 20 yrs to 5 yrs old. It’s always a challenge to find recipes that everyone likes. I’m so glad I found you – I’m excited to try some of your recipes. This yummy chicken dish looks fabulous!


  3. Natasha says:

    What a delicious looking recipe! I will definitely have to try this. I love the look of that pasta dish from your previous post too-YUMMY!

    Best wishes,

  4. Wow, looks very yummy! It’s so nice to have a different twist to chicken. Excellent! Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Amy says:

    You had me at Shiitakes. This looks so yummy. If you ever need me to test out any of your recipes you just give me a call.

  7. lori ares says:

    I made this instantly and it was SO good. I used Shiitakes as well as a sliced Portabella. I didn’t have asparagus so I used fresh green beans and it was just as yummy. Of course I doubled the garlic and “waa-laa”. Love that there was no butter or cream or starch, it’s what made it even more perfect!

    Thanks A-

  8. This looks soooo yummy! Asparagus, mushrooms, chicken – to die for! Thanks for linking up to Tuesday Tastes!

    Happy Day,
    Jasey @ Crazy Daisy

  9. Yum, this looks so good. I love asparagus and chicken is a staple in our house 🙂

  10. Mrs. Jen B says:

    Ooooh looks delicious!!!

    Plus you’ve reminded me that I have asparagus in my fridge! haha Thanks!

    Stopping over from Tuesday Tastes!

  11. SnoWhite says:

    This looks amazing! YUM!

  12. Tiffanee says:

    This looks so delicious! I am going to make it this week!! Thanks for sharing!!

  13. Mmmmm…lunchtime here & every thing looks so good.

    Going to add you to my following list, so I can come back and try some of your fabulous recipes.

    Found you from New Friend Friday. Great blog!