One Pan Lemon Parmesan Chicken and Asparagus

This dinner is so easy to make and bursting with fresh Spring flavors. The chicken gets lightly breaded in a Parmesan + seasonings + Panko (Panko is generally used in Japanese cooking and it can be found in the grocery store in the Asian foods aisle. I definitely prefer panko to regular breadcrumbs because of its lighter and more delicate texture. It results in a more crispy and crunchy end product than breadcrumbs. Especially when you are baking chicken instead of frying; the panko makes a huge difference!).

Before it’s coated, it’s dredged in a lemon garlic butter to infuse it with plenty of lemony garlic flavor. That same sauce is also poured over the asparagus (easy effort, double the reward!) which gives it a fresh lemony garlic flavor.

And finally, there is a simple lemon glaze that is optional but really amps up the lemon flavor. Olive oil + lemon juice & zest + butter + honey. It takes a couple of minutes to whip together and gives the chicken a burst of delicious flavor. I really think you’ll love it!



One Pan Lemon Parmesan Chicken and Asparagus

Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts or tenders
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 cup panko*
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese separated
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3-4 lemons
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 8 tablespoons melted butter separated, I use unsalted
  • 1 tablespoon lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1 pound asparagus
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • Optional: fresh parsley, 1 lemon for topping


Instructions
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Grab three bowls. Add the flour to one bowl.
  • Combine panko, 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese, dried parsley, garlic powder, about 1/2 teaspoon each of salt (I use seasoned salt) and pepper. Stir.
  • In the final bowl, add 1-2 teaspoons lemon zest, 4-5 tablespoons lemon juice (depending on lemon flavor intensity desired), minced garlic, and 5 tablespoons melted butter. Stir. Remove 4 tablespoons of this mixture and set aside.
  • Slice chicken breasts to the size of tenders (about 1 and 1/4th inch strips) or use chicken tenders.
  • Coat in flour, heavily dredge in garlic lemon mixture, and then coat in the Parmesan panko mixture.
  • Place on prepared sheet pan. Use any remaining Parmesan panko mixture and sprinkle over tenders. Sprinkle lemon pepper seasoning over the tenders (I use Mrs. Dash lemon pepper)
  • Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes and remove.



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