Lemon Garlic Chicken with Simple Mashed Potatoes and Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus [Intro to Cooking]

This week has been one of those weeks. You know the ones. The ones that leave you feeling used, abused, and wishing for your momma. Since I live in a different city than my mother, I, of course, turned to emotional eating to soothe my soul. Mashed potatoes are one of my favorite foods and always leave me feeling restored and quite full.

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 4 chicken breasts, thawed (or fresh!)
  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • salt and pepper

Asparagus

  • 1 lb. fresh asparagus
  • 3 slices bacon
  • pepper
  • wooden toothpicks (optional)

Mashed Potatoes

  • 6 medium potatoes
  • 1/4 c. milk
  • 1/2 c. Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 c. Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp. fresh rosemary
  • salt and pepper

Cook Time: 45 minutes
Serves:
4

Instructions:

Prior to dinner preparation, season raw chicken well with salt and pepper, drizzle lightly with olive oil, and douse in lemon juice. Set aside for at least 30 minutes to marinate.

Asparagus and Chicken

  1. Wash and trim the asparagus*. Divide clean asparagus stalks into 8 even portions.
  2. Cut all slices of bacon in half, hamburger-style.
  3. Wrap bacon around each portion of asparagus and fasten with two wooden toothpicks.
  4. Place in baking dish.
  5. Bake both the asparagus and chicken in a 375°F oven for 15 minutes. Flip bunches and chicken, place under the broiler for an additional 5 minutes.

Mashed Potatoes

  1. Wash potatoes thoroughly, scrubbing the skins roughly to remove all dirt. Peel 1/2 potatoes for some skin mixed in, or all of them if you prefer no skin in your mashed potatoes.
  2. Cube potatoes and place in a pot of boiling water. Cook for about 15 minutes, or until soft. Drained cooked potatoes in a colander.
  3. Place potatoes back into pot, add milk, and yogurt.  Mash with a fork, mixing well. After potatoes have reached your desired consistency, gently add in cheese and rosemary.

Pro Tips:

  1. *When trimming asparagus, the white portion of stalk at the bottom should be removed. A quick and simple way to ensure that all of the ‘woody’ part is removed is to snap in half by hand instead of trimming with a knife.
  2. Placing a wire rack in the bottom of your baking pan is an easy way to eliminate some oils from your chicken. A much healthier option! But be aware that this will lower the cooking time of the chicken.
  3. If you are cooking in a dorm room, these mashed potatoes can be cooked in the microwave and mashed by hand in a large bowl. No boiling required!
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