Garlic Butter Chicken Bites with Lemon Asparagus

by Christina Cherrier – Updated Oct 13, 2020
Garlic Butter Chicken Bites with Lemon Asparagus
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Garlic Butter Chicken Bites and Asparagus – So much flavor and so easy to throw together, this chicken and asparagus recipe is a winner for dinnertime! Chicken bites are so juicy, tender, and delicious you’ll eat them hot right off the pan! This low carb, keto-friendly one-pan chicken dinner is ready in under 30 minutes. If you’re super hungry, serve the garlic butter chicken bites on top of cauliflower rice, it makes a super healthy dinner idea everyone will love. Enjoy!

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Ingredients list for the Garlic Butter Chicken Bites and Asparagus

For the chicken seasoning:

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1. To prepare the chicken bites recipe and asparagus in garlic butter sauce: Start to slice chicken breasts into bite-sized chunks and season with salt, pepper, and onion powder. Let sit in a shallow plate while you prepare the asparagus.

2. Wash and trim the ends of the asparagus, then blanch them in boiling water for 2 minutes, then soak in ice water to stop the cooking asparagus. This way, asparagus will cook faster and evenly in the skillet. You can skip this step if you have skinny asparagus. Drain and set aside.

3. Heat half butter and olive oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-low heat. Gently stir-fry the chicken bites on all sides until golden brown. Lower the temperature, add one teaspoon minced garlic and Italian seasoning and stir and cook with chicken bites until fragrant. Remove the chicken bites from the skillet and set aside to a plate. You might have to work in batches to avoid crowding the pan and have steamed chicken bites instead of brown. 

4. In the same skillet over medium-high, add minced garlic then deglaze with chicken broth (or wine). Bring to a simmer and allow to reduce to half the volume. Add remaining butter, lemon juice, hot sauce, parsley. Give a quick stir to combine.

5. Add the blanched asparagus and toss for 2 minutes to cook it up. Add the sauteed chicken bites back to the pan and stir for another minute to reheat. Garnish the chicken and asparagus with more parsley, crushed chili pepper, and lemon slices and serve your garlic butter chicken bites and asparagus immediately. Enjoy!

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Tips for the chicken and asparagus recipe

This one-pan garlic butter chicken bites and asparagus recipe is full of rich, buttery herb flavors with both chicken and asparagus all cooked in one skillet for quick, easy prep and cleanup. This healthy chicken recipe for dinner is low in carbs, gluten-free, and compatible with the Keto diet. Here are a few tips so you can make the most of this delicious chicken dinner recipe:

  • Depending on the thickness of your asparagus, you might want to skip blanching.
  • You can enrich the sauce by adding some white wine.
  • Do not overcrowd the pan when cooking the chicken bites. Proceed by batches, so each chicken bite has this delicious crisp golden crust!
  • For a variant of the chicken recipe, you can use whole chicken tenders instead. They’re delicious, and you can skip the cutting board! Check this chicken tenders recipe for inspiration.

Can I use other veggies than asparagus for this chicken recipe?

If you don’t like asparagus, or couldn’t find some, replace them with green beans, broccoli, zucchini, or even cauliflower rice!

How long should I cook the chicken bites?

While a whole chicken breast must reach an internal temperature of 165ºF (74ºC), smaller bits will reach this temperature quicker – in a matter of 5 or 6 minutes, depending on how you cut the chicken pieces. Make sure to brown the chicken bites nicely. Proceed in batches if necessary, so you won’t crowd the pan and get steamed chicken bites.

What other readers say about this chicken and asparagus recipe

“Made this exactly as the recipe called for. Blanched the asparagus before throwing them in the pan. Made it with jasmine rice. Will definitely make this again. Winner, winner chicken dinner!” – Ashley

“I’ve made this chicken recipe at least 10xs. It’s one of my family’s favorites. I also add mushrooms and a little Worcestershire and low sodium soy sauce.” – Keri

“Delicious! We loved it! This is a keeper. I did only use 3/4 or the seasoning for the chicken, other than that; I did everything the same.” – Jessica

“Holy cow!!! This chicken recipe was amazing. My husband devoured it and had seconds.” – Krystal

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  • FP

    2020-11-07 10:34:42

    Delicious recipe! Cut down on the butter a lot though! Initially used only 2 tbsp butter and 1 tbsp of olive oil and didn't add more butter or oil after that. Didn't really need it!

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