Mothers Day Meal Idea – Chicken and Asparagus in Lemon Sauce

This morning on the Cincinnati Fox Affiliate (Fox19) I shared a “weeknight simple” meal that is special enough for an occasion like Mother’s Day. Let’s face it, in most homes, once her annual breakfast-in-bed is over, Mom is quickly back on duty in the kitchen and she deserves a little inspiration! This dish provides just that. It’s a shining example of what we believe at Nourish – that dinner can be delicious, healthy and simple!  Since asparagus is in season right now, I’ve used it in this dish, but you could also use red peppers, or green peas and mushrooms, or even broccoli florets in place of asparagus. This cooks in one skillet which makes cleanup extra easy. And since it’s Mom’s special day, hopefully someone else will be doing the dishes anyhow…

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Update: Here’s a link to the clip from FOX19.

And, here’s the recipe!

Chicken & Asparagus in Lemon Sauce

This dish cooks quickly and all in one skillet. Serve it over whole wheat pasta, brown rice, or quinoa. Add a salad and a glass of mint lemonade and you have a Mother’s-Day-ready meal!

Serves 4


1 Tbsp. olive oil

1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed, cut into 1” pieces

1 lb. fresh asparagus, ends trimmed, cut into 1” pieces

1.5 c. low sodium chicken broth

3 Tbsp. lemon juice (squeezed from ½ lemon)

1 tsp. corn starch

2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley or thyme

salt and pepper to taste


1. Heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet and add chicken. Saute until golden brown, about 6 minutes. Add asparagus and sauté 2 minutes until bright green and crisp-tender.

2. In a small bowl or cup, combine broth, lemon juice and cornstarch, and whisk to combine.

3. Pour broth mixture into skillet over chicken and asparagus and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook 3 minutes to allow sauce to thicken.

4. Serve over a cooked whole grain starch of your choice, prepared according to package directions  (e.g. brown rice, quinoa, whole wheat pasta), and garnish with a lemon slice and a sprinkle of fresh parsley or thyme.

One thought on “Mothers Day Meal Idea – Chicken and Asparagus in Lemon Sauce

  1. Linda

    I just wanted to tell you I have prepared the Chicken & Asparagus dish twice since Mother’s Day, and we love it. The flavor reminde me of one of my favorite Italian dishes, Chicken Picata. The first time I served it with a spring salad, as you suggested, and the second time, with a fresh tomato salad. I’m sure I will try it again, Maybe next time, I will add some freshly sliced mushrooms. I like how simple it is to prepare since I like to get out of the kitchen as quickly as possible 🙂


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