Saffron Chicken & Asparagus Skillet

Ingredients

  • 6 chicken thighs, boneless, skinless, and trimmed of excess fat
  • 3 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless, and trimmed of excess fat
  • 1 ½ tablespoons ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon (1 pinch) saffron threads
  • ½ cup boiling filtered water
  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced, seeds removed
  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped (about ½ cup)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons fennel seeds
  • ¼ cup sundried tomatoes in olive oil, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup canned coconut milk
  • 1 bunch asparagus, sliced into 1-inch segments
  • ⅓ cup basil leaves

Method

Step 1 Saffron Chicken & Asparagus Skillet Healthy Recipe

Step 1

Cut the chicken thighs and breasts in half then pat dry. Toss the chicken in a bowl with the coriander, garlic powder, salt, and olive oil. Set aside while preparing the rest.

Step 2 Saffron Chicken & Asparagus Skillet Healthy Recipe

Step 2

Place a large skillet over medium heat. Once the pan is hot add the chicken meat and brown on all sides for about 10 minutes. The chicken breast may take less time than the thigh meat to cook, transfer pieces as they are done to a plate to rest.

Step 3 Saffron Chicken & Asparagus Skillet Healthy Recipe

Step 3

While browning the chicken, pour the boiling water over the saffron threads in a small bowl.

Step 4 Saffron Chicken & Asparagus Skillet Healthy Recipe

Step 4

Once all of the chicken is out of the skillet, add the ghee, lemon slices, shallots, and fennel seeds. After 2 minutes, flip the lemon slices and continue to cook for 2 more minutes.

Step 5 Saffron Chicken & Asparagus Skillet Healthy Recipe

Step 5

Pour the saffron water over the lemon and shallots and scrape the bottom of the pan. Add the sundried tomatoes and simmer for a few minutes. When the liquids have reduced by half, add the coconut milk followed by the chicken (as well as any liquid from the resting plate).

Step 6 Saffron Chicken & Asparagus Skillet Healthy Recipe

Step 6

Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, add the asparagus and cover the skillet, cook for another 5 minutes.

Step 7 Saffron Chicken & Asparagus Skillet Healthy Recipe

Step 7

Remove from heat and garnish the dish with basil leaves, serve with sweet potatoes, cauliflower rice, or any of your favorite sides.

Nutritional Information

Nutritional analysis per serving: Calories: 336, Total Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 135mg, Sodium: 542mg, Carbohydrates: 7g, Fiber: 2g, Sugars: 3g, Protein: 37g, Net Carbs: 4g

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