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Creamy Garlic Basil Chicken with Asparagus

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Creamy Garlic Basil Chicken with Asparagus – This delicious and creamless Creamy Garlic Basil Chicken is prepared in a skillet with a flavorful garlicky basil sauce and asparagus spears.

Creamy Garlic Basil Chicken with Asparagus - This delicious and cream-less Creamy Garlic Basil Chicken is prepared in a skillet with a flavorful garlicky basil sauce and asparagus spears.

Creamy Garlic Basil Chicken, we have been waiting for you!

Thank you Gourmet Garden and Kroger for sponsoring this post! All opinions are 100% my own.

Hey ya, friends! How’s this for creamless creamy chicken? RIGHT? It’s creamy, but without the cream! I mean, genius or what? Evaporated milk is my forever bestie.

Also, Gourmet Garden Lightly Dried Basil makes a huge appearance in this recipe, as well as Gourmet Garden Garlic Stir-In Paste, and a pinch of Gourmet Garden Lightly Dried Parsley. If you couldn’t tell, Gourmet Garden is my other BFF.

Creamy Garlic Basil Chicken with Asparagus - This delicious and cream-less Creamy Garlic Basil Chicken is prepared in a skillet with a flavorful garlicky basil sauce and asparagus spears.

The main idea here is that you can always swap out ingredients and still make the most wonderful meal in the world, and a Sunday afternoon stroll through Kroger can help you with that.

It starts with a stop at the produce section to stock up on all things Gourmet Garden + oranges… not sure why I needed oranges, but I got ’em, just in case. Continuing on to the poultry section for some chicken is also a very important step, just as important as picking up a can of evaporated milk, AND a bottle of wine for the awesome dinner we’re about to make.

Creamy Garlic Basil Chicken with Asparagus - This delicious and cream-less Creamy Garlic Basil Chicken is prepared in a skillet with a flavorful garlicky basil sauce and asparagus spears.

Let me just touch a bit on the super helpful Gourmet Garden Lightly Dried Herbs. Gourmet Garden can be substituted in any recipe where fresh or dried herb or spice is called for in a recipe. 1:1 ratio works perfectly. What’s more amazing though is that they last for weeks in the fridge after opening, and because they last much longer than fresh herbs, they’re less wasteful and much more convenient. Besides, anything that’s already chopped up and ready to go at any minute is something we should all have on hand, always. It’s truly a win-win situation.

More information about the Lightly Dried Herbs can be found HERE.

Creamy Garlic Basil Chicken with Asparagus - This delicious and cream-less Creamy Garlic Basil Chicken is prepared in a skillet with a flavorful garlicky basil sauce and asparagus spears.

HOW TO MAKE CREAMY GARLIC BASIL CHICKEN WITH ASPARAGUS

  • To get started, I’m going to need you to season those chicken thighs with salt and pepper, and with as much Gourmet Garden Lightly Dried Basil as you want.
  • 17-ish minutes of searing later, you will create the “creamy” sauce made with evaporated milk, Garlic Stir-In Paste and more Lightly Dried Basil for good measure.

Creamy Garlic Basil Chicken with Asparagus - This delicious and cream-less Creamy Garlic Basil Chicken is prepared in a skillet with a flavorful garlicky basil sauce and asparagus spears.

  • Once you prepare the sauce, please add it to the skillet, heat it up, stir in the asparagus, and arrange the chicken thighs back in the skillet.
  • 5 minutes later you will end up with a straight-up amazing winner winner chicken dinner!

Creamy Garlic Basil Chicken with Asparagus - This delicious and cream-less Creamy Garlic Basil Chicken is prepared in a skillet with a flavorful garlicky basil sauce and asparagus spears.

Thanks to Kroger, I am also thrilled to offer you the chance to win a $50 Kroger Gift Card and $20 worth of product vouchers so that you can also create your very own healthy meal featuring Gourmet Garden products.

GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNER, RENEE!

ENJOY!

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Creamy Garlic Basil Chicken with Asparagus - This delicious and cream-less Creamy Garlic Basil Chicken is prepared in a skillet with a flavorful garlicky basil sauce and asparagus spears.
Creamy Garlic Basil Chicken with Asparagus
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 
Creamy Garlic Basil Chicken with Asparagus - This delicious and cream-less Creamy Garlic Basil Chicken is prepared in a skillet with a flavorful garlicky basil sauce and asparagus spears.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken thighs recipe
Servings: 4 to 5 Serves
Calories: 363 kcal
Author: Katerina | Diethood
Ingredients
FOR THE CHICKEN
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 skinless , boneless chicken thighs
  • salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste
  • 1/2 tablespoon Gourmet Garden Lightly Dried Basil
FOR THE CREAM SAUCE
  • 1 can (12 ounces) low fat evaporated milk
  • 1.5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon Gourmet Garden Stir-In Garlic Paste , or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Gourmet Garden Lightly Dried Basil , or to taste
  • salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste
  • 1- pound fresh asparagus , cut into 2-inch pieces (break off and discard the woody ends of the asparagus)
  • Gourmet Garden Lightly Dried Parsley , for garnish
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large nonstick skillet.
  2. Season the chicken with the salt, pepper, and dried basil.
  3. Place the chicken thighs in the skillet and cook for about 7 to 8 minutes, or until browned.
  4. Flip the chicken and cook for about 8 more minutes, or until the chicken is fully cooked. Remove from pan and set aside.
  5. Combine evaporated milk, flour, garlic paste, dried basil, salt and pepper in a mixing bowl; whisk until well combined.
  6. Add the prepared sauce to the hot skillet and bring to a boil.
  7. Stir in prepared asparagus, place the chicken back in the pan, and lower heat to a simmer.
  8. Cover and cook for 4 minutes, or until asparagus is tender and chicken is heated through.
  9. Remove from heat.
  10. Garnish with parsley and serve.
Recipe Notes

WW FREESTYLE SMART POINTS: 11

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Garlic Basil Chicken with Asparagus
Amount Per Serving (2 thighs + Asparagus)
Calories 363 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 214mg 71%
Sodium 203mg 8%
Potassium 782mg 22%
Total Carbohydrates 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 46g 92%
Vitamin A 18.2%
Vitamin C 7.7%
Calcium 4.8%
Iron 24.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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106 Responses
  1. Helena Macke

    I made some additions that really round the recipe up in my opinion:
    Added to the sauce:
    2 bay leaves
    some white wine
    a dash of lemon juice
    I also didn’t use those gourmet what not dried herbs and went for fresh basil and garlic instead.

    I served it over potatoes to make it a more filling dish, but for that I’d double the sauce next time.
    That being said the asparagus really leaks into the sauce nicely, giving it a good taste. With these additions the recipe was a real hit among my hubby and friends I served that to.

  2. Courtney

    I made this recipe. There’s just something about the sauce, I don’t know what it is but it just is missing something flavor wise. I will use the recipe again in the future but I will be playing around with the seasoning and trying some different things.

    1. Melissa

      My daughter said the same thing. Would be interested in knowing what different spice you used. I was thinking maybe thyme.

    1. Kindra

      I made it with breasts tonight and it was delicious. Also used fresh pressed garlic and frozen cubes of fresh basil in the sauce as that’s what I had on hand 🙂

  3. kristen

    Made for dinner last night and it was so delicious! My 3 little ones devoured it and asked me to make it again! Loved the sauce…such great flavors. Thanks for the great recipe!

  4. Marlene

    Is there a non-dairy substitute that would work in place of the evaporated milk? Thanks. I might want to make this for friends who can’t have dairy products.

      1. Hi!! You would need to make a roux to thicken it which involves mixing in some butter and flour. I would do 1 tablespoon butter with 1 tablespoon flour. Melt the butter and then cook the flour in it for a couple of minutes before whisking in the basil-garlic milk mixture.

  5. Jen Robinson

    Hello! I make stir fry with it! I add a little of the ginger and garlic and lemongrass to the oil before stir frying the veggies, then do the same for the meet. I usually make a teriyaki sauce that utilizes the ginger and garlic as well! It’s delicious

  6. Renee

    I would make a not-so-spicy chicken stir-fry served with mai fun rice noodles. Use the ginger to kick it up a notch and raid my fridge with any veggies I can find! Delicious!

  7. Kelley Stramiello

    I would make a pork loin rub with the ginger and garlic herbs. And them slice it thin into flatbread sandwiches with a garlic aioli, and some peppery arugula! Yummy!!!

  8. Malia

    I would make an Asian stir-fry meal with Chinese egg-noodles or whole-wheat spaghetti noodles, chicken, red/green/yellow peppers, chunky garlic and lemongrass with sesame oil, rice vinegar, and soy sauce.

  9. Connie

    I am glad you use Gourmet garden products. I have seen them in Kroger and maybe HEB. I was a little afraid to use them. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I cannot wait to try this product and your delicious recipe. Your recipe have been awesome so far. Love your blog by the way.

  10. Evelyne

    I would make a healthy veggie pizza, with a light basil sauce and “garlicky” sauteed mushrooms + topped with a little bit of feta cheese and aragula !

  11. David

    I would make home fries. Potatoes are cheap, healthy, and can be cooked in dozens of different ways. The great thing about home fries is that you can add as many or as few spices as you want, and they will still be good.

  12. Gina M

    I would make a turkey panini and use some of the basil to add some great flavor!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  13. I have had the worst day ever! I sat down at my computer and read about this delicious sounding asparagus and chicken meal — wow, what a treat. What makes it even better is that I have all the ingredients and don’t have to rush to the grocery store. Thanks for the inspiration!

  14. Sonja C

    I would finish off a steak prior to service with an herbed butter- combining garlic paste and fresh cut herbs, just a tease of lemon. Serve with a side of a mushroom ragout- including mixture of paste and fresh cut herbs. Include additional side of a brightly colored, tangy flavored vegetable- pickled- like chow chow, or the bright red canned cinnamon apples (memories!).

    Dessert would be a granite. Mint is good for digestion, so that might me my go to choice. Hint of real vanilla and possibly melted chocolate, to mellow out the mint.

    Retire to the library, enjoy Remy Martin VSOP Cognac

    1. This chicken and asparagus was wonderful.my family love it. love the garlic and basil herb I would use the in stir fry veggie and chicken work well with beef dishes too also shrimp and fish. I use a lot of herbs in all my meals. Thank u for the tips too.

  15. Rana Durham

    i like to make seared leongrass chicken on bed of parsley oegano paressan spaghetti squash is what i would make with this company products.

  16. MaryB

    I would definitely be trying this recipe as well as another chicken dish with herbs and mushrooms. I love using evaporated milk in many recipes to cut down on calories and get needed creaminess.

  17. Elizabeth Tarlow

    After reading your CREAMY GARLIC BASIL CHICKEN WITH ASPARAGUS recipe, I definitely need to fix it!! It looks and sounds so yummy! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  18. Cheryl R

    I was going to say a chicken, tomato and basil dish but after seeing someone’s answer of basil grilled cheese ai may have to try that.

  19. Stephanie

    I made the creamy garlic basil chicken with asparagus and I enjoyed it a great deal, the flavors were bright and delicious. Easy to prepate. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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