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Chicken and Asparagus with Three Cheeses (Video)

This casserole of Chicken and Asparagus with Three Cheeses is a delicious and easy low-carb dinner that’s also Keto, low-glycemic, gluten-free, and you could eat it as a treat for the South Beach Diet too. Use Oven Dinners to find more recipes like this one.

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Chicken and Asparagus with Three Cheeses is a delicious and easy casserole recipe that’s been hanging out in the archives with a photo that probably wouldn’t have enticed anyone to make it, so when I saw asparagus on sale this week for $1.49 a pound, I decided to give this recipe a photo makeover! And wow, was it ever delicious.

Yesterday when I was editing the photos I remembered I had some leftovers in the fridge and I gobbled those up for lunch and started thinking about how soon I could make this again. And this recipe is an easy combination that would be impressive enough to serve for dinner guests.

The only thing slightly tricky about this Chicken and Asparagus with Three Cheeses is not to cook the sauce too long or bake it too long or the sauce will separate. This is an ongoing issue for me with sauces when they aren’t thickened with flour or cornstarch, but even if that happens, this will still be delicious! And for me asparagus going on sale is one of the sure signs that spring is coming, and since Salt Lake had a big snow storm earlier this week, I am really longing for the end of winter. So this is for all the other asparagus fans who are excited to have fresh asparagus season on the horizon!

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Trim chicken breasts, cut in half lengthwise, season, and brown on both sides; then put the browned chicken pieces into a casserole dish. While the chicken browns, barely blanch asparagus, drain well, blot asparagus dry with paper towels, and put the asparagus pieces over the chicken in the dish.

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Use chicken stock to deglaze the pan you cooked the chicken in, scraping off browned bits and simmer until the stock is reduced to 3/4 cup. Then lower heat and whisk the sour cream into the stock. Turn off heat and stir in the goat cheese and Parmesan and whisk until it’s melted into the sauce. Pour sauce over the chicken and asparagus, cover with finely grated sharp cheddar, and bake about 25 minutes. That’s it!

Chicken and Asparagus with Three Cheeses

Serve Chicken and Asparagus with Three Cheeses hot, with something like The BEST Easy Califlower Rice on the side to eat with the delicious sauce for a tasty low-carb dinner.

More Tasty Ideas with Asparagus:

Asparagus with Cream Sauce ~ CopyKat Recipes
Baked Eggs and Asparagus with Parmesan ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Asparagus and Chicken in Peanut Sauce ~ Lauren Kelly Nutrition
Crustless Breakfast Tarts with Asparagus and Goat Cheese ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
30 Minute Roasted Asparagus and Cod with Rustic Tomato Sauce ~ Country Cleaver
Low-Carb Chicken and Asparagus Bake with Cheesy Creamy Curry Sauce ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

Chicken and Asparagus with Three Cheeses (Video)

This casserole is delicious for an easy low-carb dinner.

Ingredients:

  • 4 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed and each cut lengthwise into two pieces
  • 2 – 3 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. poultry seasoning
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 lb. fresh asparagus
  • 1 cup chicken stock, simmered to reduce to 3/4 cup
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (regular or light, but not fat-free)
  • 3 oz. soft goat cheese
  • 3 T Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup finely grated sharp cheddar (I used white cheddar)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375F/190C.
  2. Spray a rectangular casserole dish with non-stick spray or olive oil.
  3. Trim all visible fat and membrane from chicken breasts and cut each one in half lengthwise.
  4. Season chicken with poultry seasoning, salt, and pepper, then heat the olive oil in a large frying pan and brown the chicken until it’s lightly browned on both sides. (The chicken will cook more in the oven so it doesn’t need to be cooked completely through at this point; don’t overcook.)
  5. Put the browned chicken pieces into the casserole dish.
  6. While chicken browns, cut off woody ends of asparagus. (Snap one piece to see how much to cut off, it will break off right where the woody part starts.)
  7. Cut asparagus diagonally into 2 – 3 inch pieces.
  8. Bring a pan of lightly salted water to a gentle boil, and prepare a dish with water and ice cubes.
  9. Put asparagus into the boiling water and cook exactly three minutes, drain, then put asparagus in ice water to stop cooking and drain again.
  10. Let it drain well, then blot the asparagus on both sides with paper towels.
  11. Layer asparagus pieces over the chicken in the casserole dish.
  12. Use chicken stock to deglaze pan that you cooked the chicken in and scrape up all little browned bits.
  13. Let stock simmer over medium heat in the frying pan a few minutes, or until the stock is reduced to 3/4 cup.
  14. Reduce heat to low, whisk sour cream into the stock, and turn off the heat.
  15. Add goat cheese (the kind that comes in a log) and Parmesan and whisk into sauce until they’re melted.
  16. Pour sauce over chicken and asparagus and sprinkle sharp cheddar over top.
  17. Bake 25-30 minutes or until cheese is melted and sauce mixture is barely starting to bubble. (Don’t cook it too long or the sauce will separate.)
  18. Serve hot.

Notes:

This recipe created by Kalyn.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Chicken and Asparagus with Three Cheeses would be great for low-carb or low-glycemic diets. It’s a bit high in fat for the South Beach Diet, but you could use light sour cream and low-fat cheese if you prefer, and I would eat this for an occasional treat for South Beach, even for phase one.

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    119 Comments on “Chicken and Asparagus with Three Cheeses (Video)”

  1. Joyce, glad you enjoyed it, and I think this sauce would be lovely for creamed spinach (great idea!)

    And thanks for the nice feedback on the blog!

  2. I tried this recipe the other night and it was delicious! I'm thinking about using the sauce to make a South Beach friendly creamed spinach!

    You have a beautiful website too!

    Joyce

  3. The dish I used was 9" x 11" but I think any size that's close to that will be okay. (Good thing I recognized the dish from the photos!)

  4. This may seem a silly question but what size casserole dish should you use for this recipe. Sounds fabulous and I'd like to give it a trie

  5. Mary, so glad it was a hit (and btw, I think it's perfectly ok to "go rogue" once in a while!)

  6. I made this for dinner last night and my teenage boy ate ALL of it! My hubby is out of town, so we deviated from SB friendly to go rogue. As I did not have goat cheese on hand, I added about 2 T of cream cheese to the sauce. I also sautéed 2 garlic cloves & 1/2 of a thinly sliced shallot before making the sauce to pour over the chicken in the baking dish. Tarragon, basil and a sprinkle of lemon pepper were added to the sauce. The nail-in-the-coffin on the SB healthiness were the bow-tie noodles I served this over. I think wild rice would have been better, but I was short on time. This recipe, as ALL the other ones I've tried, was wonderful!! THANK YOU so very much for posting these culinary gems. You're tops!

  7. Made this for dinner last night and it was a big hit! I used herbed goat cheese and the sauce was so yummy!

  8. YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM!!!!!!!

  9. Alex, so glad you liked it. One of my favorites too!

  10. This recipe was awesome! I Googled recipes for chicken and asparagus at work (I knew that’s all I had in the fridge) and your recipe came up. This is definitely one for the recipe book! Delicious and super easy – Thanks!

  11. Claire, glad you liked it. Thanks for letting me know.

  12. I made this for guests last night, substituting aged swiss cheese for most of the low-fat cheddar. I “sort of” made a double batch, but didn’t have the right proportion of goat cheese. Nonetheless, I got lots of compliments on the sauce. My husband loves “chicken with sauce” and “asparagus” so it was perfect for him.

  13. Thank you for this recipe — Loved it! I found it really doable, and thats coming from a non-cook. I made it tonight but didn’t have the goat cheese and cheddar so put parmesan and mozzarella instead. Hopefully I haven complete ingredients next time.

  14. Again just good food…this sounds so easy and looks wonderful. I’m a lover of asparagus!

  15. Asparagus seems to be in the air these days. (Is that a wierd image, or what?) Maybe it’s our longing for spring, but everyone seems to be eating them. This looks like another great way to use them – thanks!

  16. Laurie, thanks. I think you’ll like it.

    Braden, you’re so sweet. I think you were one of my very first readers!

    Sher, thanks (it’s the camera, as you know!)

    Karina, great minds thinking alike and all that because when I was making this I thought about it being gluten-free. I was pretty sure it was. Thanks for putting me in the search engine. I need to add that to my links. (I’ll put it on my ever-growing list of things to do.)

  17. What a fab combo = chicken + asparagus + cheese[s]. I’m on it! [And I’m adding it to the Gluten Free Recipe Search Engine.]

    😉

  18. Those pictures are lovely–the green color of the asparagus is wonderful And the dish looks yummy too.

  19. I love asparagus, too. In fact, I steamed some for supper last night, it was soooo good.

    My wife and I will definitely want to try this recipe, it looks awesome.

    Thanks again!

    Best –
    Braden

  20. I just love asparagus and the sauce looks divine! I can’t wait to try this with the chicken I have on hand.