Baked Lemon Chicken with Asparagus

I’m a woman with a pan and a plan: Baked Lemon Chicken. It cooks together on a single sheet pan, includes oodles of healthy veggies, and tastes extra fresh and peppy, thanks to the dynamic duo of lemon and garlic. If ever a meal were made for weeknights, this easy Baked Lemon Chicken recipe would be it!

Easy, healthy Baked Lemon Chicken with Garlic and Rosemary. Add asparagus and potatoes for a DELICIOUS sheet pan meal that’s perfect for busy weeknights! The veggies are crispy, the chicken juicy, and the flavors so fresh. Our family loves this simple meal! Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

Before we dive into the recipe, I want to say thank you for your kind wishes on Ben and my five-year wedding anniversary last week. We had a wonderful dinner and night’s stay in a historic downtown Milwaukee hotel. On Sunday, I slept in past 9 a.m. for the first time in months, made the best-ever fruit and cream topped–oatmeal for breakfast, and didn’t change out of my sweatpants. After traveling the past two weeks, I could not have dreamed of a better way to settle back in or to catch up with Ben.

Although I don’t for a moment regret our relaxing weekend, I’m sad to report that, despite my fondest wishes, my suitcase did not unpack itself, and my laundry mysteriously did not wash itself either. Reality has retuned. Fortunately, I have a new easy recipe that’s perfect for a manic Monday: Baked Lemon Chicken with Asparagus.

Healthy Baked Lemon Chicken with Garlic, Rosemary, Potatoes, and Asparagus. EASY, all-in-one sheet pan meal! So quick and easy, with NO clean up. Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

This healthy lemon chicken recipe is of the easiest dinners I’ve made in months, and I wouldn’t change a single thing about it. The only major flavor players are lemon, garlic, and rosemary, because that’s all the recipe needs. The potatoes and asparagus are ideal for spring, the chicken is tender and juicy, and the sheet-pan cooking method is near foolproof.

Sheet-pan-style suppers like this Baked Lemon Chicken are one of my favorite ways to cook, especially on busy weeknights. They provide an entire meal in one go, involve fewer dishes to wash, and are super adaptable to any ingredients you have on hand. If you are out of (or don’t care for) certain vegetables, swap them out for others and adjust the cooking time accordingly.

I usually opt for sheet-pan chicken (see Sheet Pan Chicken with Sweet Potatoes, Apples, and Brussels Sprouts and Sheet Pan Maple Dijon Chicken and Vegetables), but other proteins work well too. For example, this Sheet Pan Baked Fish and Chips is a favorite on Fridays during Lent.

Now that we’ve begun to explore the sheet-pan possibilities, I highly recommend you stock up on a few of these stellar cooking weapons (I’ve owned a few of these sheet pans for years and still love them). The mealtime options are limited only by the contents of your imagination…or your refrigerator, and even then you can adjust.

Easy, healthy Baked Lemon Chicken with Garlic and Rosemary. Add asparagus, potaotes, or any of your favorite veggies for a quick weeknight meal! Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

Since, like my laundry, my dishes refuse to wash themselves, I’m glad I have this Baked Lemon Chicken with Asparagus recipe at my disposal. At least I’ll only have one pan to clean!

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Baked Lemon Chicken

Easy, healthy Baked Lemon Chicken with garlic, rosemary, potatoes, and asparagus. Everything cooks on ONE pan. Delicious and perfect for busy weeknights!

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound baby red potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary, divided
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 2 pounds thin asparagus, tough ends trimmed and discarded, cut into 2-inch pieces (about 2 bunches)
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 large lemon, juice and zest (you should have about 1/4 cup lemon juice total)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Place a rack in the center of your oven, then preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Generously coat a large, rimmed baking sheet with nonstick spray. Place the potatoes in the center and top with 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon rosemary, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Toss to coat, then spread into an even layer. Place in the oven and roast for 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, place the asparagus, chicken, and garlic powder in a large bowl. Drizzle with the lemon juice and add the lemon zest, remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon rosemary, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Toss to coat, then transfer to the baking pan with the potatoes. With a spatula, loosely toss the ingredients so that they are evenly combined and spread into an even layer. Overlap the chicken as little as possible.
  3. Return the pan to the oven and bake an additional 15 to 20 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through, stirring once or twice throughout. The asparagus may release some liquid, which you can carefully pour off the pan, or use a slotted spoon or spatula to serve so that you do not get this liquid on your plate. Enjoy hot.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Adapted from Cooking Classy

// All images and text ©/Well Plated.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 1 (of 4)

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 389 Calories
  • Total Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 83mg
  • Sodium: 450mg
  • Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Fiber: 7g
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Protein: 43g

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About Erin Clarke

I’m fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, travel enthusiast, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN…

36 comments

  1. The perfect weeknight meal!! Love this, Erin! :)

  2. Shawnna Griffin Reply

    hey girl- this looks so yummy!

  3. This looks great Erin, and thanks for including the nutritional information. Making it for tonight’s dinner!

    • I hope you LOVE it Dean!

      • Erin, my family loved it so much, they made me make it again the next night! Thanks for such a great recipe. And to Nanci- if we were neighbors, there would definitely be a seat for you at my table!

        • HOORAY, I’m so glad the recipe was a winner, Dean! Thank you so much for taking the time to share this lovely review. :)

    • I wish Dean would make this for me, but alas…..I’ll have to do it myself (kind of like the laundry that doesn’t get done by itself)!!! Looks yummy – trying this week!

  4. This is like a spring-time version of my favorite kind of dinners!  Fast, easy, and full of fresh flavor!

  5. This looks so flavorful and delish!!! <3

    Rating: 5
  6. Whilst I won’t be including the chicken, I adore this flavour combination! So light and fresh for the Spring, its one of those meals that wipes away the months of carb loading!

    Thanks for the inspiration, I’m now looking forward to Spring meals!

    Lo
    http://www.themixtures.com

  7. Oh my goodness….this is so yummy! It made both parents and teenagers happy tonight. It has already been requested that I make it again. Thank you for such a great recipe!

    Rating: 5
    • Kellie, I’m so glad to hear the recipe was a winner! Thank you so much for giving it a try and leaving this great feedback!

  8. Made this for dinner tonight. It was really good. Thank you!

    Rating: 5
  9. Soooo yummy! I used boneless skinless breasts and thighs. The thighs were tastier and I’ll probably skip the breasts next time. Instead of garlic powder I used a blend called Garlic Garni. And I put the cut up potatoes, olive oil and rosemary in a big Ziploc bag to mix. Then I used the same bag for the asparagus, chicken, and lemon zest and juice. Made even less clean up. I always line my sheet pans with either foil or parchment paper. The flavors in this are so fresh and tasty.

    Rating: 5
    • YAY Cyndi, I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe! I really appreciate your taking the time to leave this feedback and share your tips for flavors and easy cleanup. Yum!

  10. Alexis Nicole Young Reply

    I made this dish last night and me and my husband loved it! The directions are so easy I was able to get it done while having my baby strapped to me. Not only is it flavorful, it’s healthy too. I will definitely keep it in rotation.

    Rating: 5
    • Alexis, I’m so excited to hear that you and your husband enjoyed this dish—and that it’s still easy to put together even when you have a baby strapped on! :) Thank you for taking the time to leave this awesome review!

  11. Don’t care for Rosemary’s  flavor any other herb ? 

  12. I made this with fresh green beans instead of asparagus and it was delicious. I never thought chicken, green beans, and potatoes could be so flavorful, especially the fresh rosemary. Thanks for the one-pan recipes. I’ve never tried those before and I think they’ll be a life changer for me!!

    Rating: 5
    • You’re welcome, Anne! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed this—and green beans sound like a great substitution. Thanks so much for reporting back!

  13. Writing this while it’s in the oven because this is the second time I’ve made this recipe in 2 weeks! So flavorful and healthy! 

    Rating: 5
  14. Going to try for a pot luck dinner this weekend. Question: there are lemon slices in the photo. When do I add these?. Thanks

    • Hi Debra, if you’d like, you can use the lemon slices as a garnish and put them on at the very end. I hope you enjoy the recipe!

  15. Thank you for this great recipe. My husband and my picky 5 year old loved it. I’ll make this again, for sure. 

    Rating: 4.5
  16. I bought all the ingredients to make this tonight for dinner but forgot the freaking lemon 😧 can i use lemon juice as a substitute?

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