Chicken Asparagus Skillet Recipe

This chicken asparagus skillet recipe is a simple, delicious and a filling meal for dinner tonight!

After a fabulous walk on the bike trails this afternoon, I was feeling pretty good about myself. A little exercise, a little sunshine, a little good music on my iPod and life was looking pretty good. So I thought I’d come home and try a new recipe I had rattling around in my head all day, and I have to say, it’s one of my best yet.


This dish is busting with flavor, is filling yet light in the tummy and comes together pretty quickly. If you have young kids, it’s a good teaching recipe as well. Mini Chef helped with this one by prepping and chopping the asparagus, as well as stirring everything in the pan. In fact, he was completely comfortable with taking credit for the entire recipe as well as for the fact that it turned out so well. He insisted it would not have turned out as well if he wasn’t helping, and frankly, I’m inclined to believe him.

Give it a try. You’ll see…

Clean Eating Chicken & Asparagus Skillet Recipe


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Chicken Asparagus Skillet

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 3 servings
Calories: 309kcal


  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts (chopped into small chunks)
  • 1 lb. fresh asparagus
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 medium garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • ¼ cup chopped flat leaf parsley (Italian parsley)
  • 1 medium lime (juice only)
  • ½ medium avocado
  • salt and pepper to taste after cooking


  • Cut up those chicken breasts into small, bite sized pieces. The smaller they are, the faster they will cook, which is what we want here. This meal should come together in under 30 minutes from start to finish.
  • Chop the cleaned asparagus into pieces that are somewhere between 1/2-1 inch in length.
  • Get your garlic chopped up as well.
  • Now here's the thing… If you like your asparagus with a little crisp, add it to the pan at the same time as the chicken and garlic. But if you prefer your asparagus to be a little softer, put it in the pan first with the oil and give it a head start over low heat while you cut up the chicken and garlic. (Don't you just love customizable recipes?)
  • Once you have the chicken, garlic and asparagus in the pan with the oil, stir in the dried thyme and finally the parsley.
  • While that's cooking (still over low to low-medium heat), juice your lime and set the juice aside. You won't be adding it until after everything is cooked.
  • Keep stirring. You aren't using a lot of oil here, so you'll need to keep the heat low and stir often to avoid burning. If you really feel the oil isn't enough but you don't want to add more (which you can do if you like), add a little chicken broth to keep things going.
  • Once the chicken is cooked through, remove the pan from the heat and quickly stir in the lime juice.
  • Add a little salt and pepper to taste. When you've got that right, serve this with the avocado over the top. Don't skip the avocado as it really gives the dish that extra something special. In fact, you may be tempted to add the other half of that avocado. I sure did and I did not regret a single thing.
  • And if you're going for presentation here, sprinkle a little extra fresh parsley over the top for good measure.


Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 0.33the recipe | Calories: 309kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 185mg | Potassium: 1078mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1659IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 5mg

Recipe from the Gracious Pantry® archives, originally posted 5/27/14.

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  1. Looks like I found an idea for dinner tonight as I have all these ingrediants in the fridge (minus the coconut oil).

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Tracy – Great! Let me know how you like it!

  2. How to Philosophize with Cake says:

    Yum! Love the additions of avocado and coconut oil, those are like the most delicious sources of healthy fat out there. And everything tastes better in a skillet, of course. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      How to – Agreed!

  3. Yea! I’m picking asparagus right now! Thanks!

    Now to find an evening when my husband is gone because he won’t eat asparagus. The more for me!


    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Mary – Absolutely! I hope you enjoy it! ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Would Olive Oil be a good substitution?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lonisha – Sure!

  5. Elizabeth says:

    Do you think this would hold up if I prepared it in a large quantity for lunch during the week on a Sunday evening? Adding avocado as I eat it, of course.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Elizabeth – Sure! I think it would last about 4 days or so. Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I have many lemons, but no limes. Would lemon work?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Michel – Sure!!