Lemon Chicken with Shallots and Asparagus – adapted from Food & Wine 2005


  • 3 T.
  • Olive Oil
    Bone-in chicken breasts
    Salt & Pepper
  • shallots, peeled and quartered
    1 cup of water
    2 T. unsalted butter
    1 bunch thin asparagus, ends trimmed

    Juice and zest of 1 lemon


    1. In a large skillet heat olive oil. Season chicken with salt and pepper, place the pieces in the skillet and brown evenly, about 10 minutes.
    2. Add shallots to the chicken and cook for additional 2 minutes.
    3. Add water to chicken and shallots and cover with tightly fitting lid. Let the water simmer on low heat until chicken is cooked through, about 15-20 minutes.
    4. Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to a boil and place cleaned asparagus in a steamer basket over the water to cook. Remove asparagus once it is tender, but still green. About 3-4 minutes.
    5. Transfer chicken to a plate, add lemon juice and zest to the water and shallots. Bring to a boil and reduce sauce for about 3 minutes. Finish sauce with unsalted butter, swirling it in the water to melt.
    6. Pour the sauce over the chicken and asparagus to serve. Be sure to add several of the cooked shallots to each plate, they are delicious.

    Naptime Notes

    Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

    This meal as all of the hallmarks as the perfect Naptime Chef dish, a lot can be done ahead of time and the dish is consistently delicious. Feel free to add whatever else you would like to the dish depending on your mood. You might like to try using haricot vert instead of asparagus, for example, or try adding more shallots if you so desire.

    Naptime Stopwatch

    The naptime pre-time took about 30 minutes. Then, the actual cooking time is about 25 minutes. Be sure to make sure the chicken is thoroughly cooked, nobody likes raw chicken.

    Naptime Reviews

    Obviously my husband adored this dish. My daughter loved the chicken, which I cut up into little bits for her. However, she still finds asparagus too strong for her young palate, so I substituted peas instead.

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