It takes less than 30 minutes and just one pan to make this healthy creamy lemon garlic chicken with asparagus. It’s perfect for busy weeknights and is super flavorful and just 7g net carbs! The chicken and freshly cooked asparagus are surrounded with delicious lemon garlic cream sauce that’s absolutely incredible.

I’m a huge fan of chicken dishes because everyone tends to devour them. Plus, chicken is so easy to cook and tastes wonderful with all sorts of ingredients. I especially can’t get enough of this creamy garlic chicken because it’s a complete meal and you only need one pan. You could serve it with a salad or eat it by itself, and either way and you will feel fulfilled.

Once you taste this creamy lemon garlic parmesan chicken, you are going to want to keep this in your regular rotation. It even works well if you want to meal prep and have a simple lunch idea. Try it for yourself, and I’m pretty sure you’ll be hooked in no time.


  • Chicken Breasts: I love using boneless chicken breasts for this recipe because they are juicy, and the texture is great. If you want, you could also use boneless skinless chicken thighs instead.
  • Asparagus: You get so many nutrients from adding asparagus, and you don’t have to dirty a second dish. Win-win!
  • Heavy Cream: As you can imagine, the creamy sauce is so rich and amazing due to the heavy cream. It makes it taste like it was made in a restaurant instead of at home!
  • Italian Seasoning: You just need a couple of teaspoons of Italian seasoning, and it enhances this already tasty dish.
  • Salt & Pepper: Just use as much salt and pepper as you prefer.
  • Olive Oil: I love cooking with olive oil when making chicken recipes. You can choose to go with another oil if you’d rather.
  • Butter: Typically, I reach for unsalted butter and add in my own salt. It’s okay to use salted butter if that is all you have, but you probably won’t need to add much salt to the chicken.
  • Onion: Minced onion adds flavor and depth to the garlic chicken. Yum!
  • Garlic: Mince up anywhere from 3 or 4 garlic cloves. It tastes incredible!
  • Lemon: The lemon adds a fresh and zesty flavor to the cream sauce and compliments the garlic and cream very well. It’s actually optional but highly recommend!
  • Parmesan Cheese: It’s completely optional to add parmesan. I rarely make it without because it just gives it that extra flavor boost.


When you sink your teeth into this juicy, tender chicken, you won’t believe you can whip it up in less than 30 minutes, but it’s true! Begin by seasoning the chicken and cooking it until it’s done.

Take the cooked chicken out of the pan and set it aside and begin cooking the asparagus and onions in melted butter. Once they are tender add in the heavy cream, Lemon Juice, cheese, and salt and pepper. Mix all the ingredients together and place the chicken back into the skillet. Simmer until the sauce is thick and add any extra salt and pepper you want. Serve hot and enjoy!


Yes, you can easily make this as a meal prep option. Simply put one piece of chicken and divide the asparagus and sauce evenly in an airtight food container. The creamy chicken will last 3-4 days in the fridge.

To reheat, place the chicken and asparagus on a microwave-safe plate and cover with a paper towel. Warm it up for a few minutes until it’s hot all the way through. If you have access to a stove when you’re reheating, you can also warm it in a skillet on medium heat. No matter which method you choose, just warm it until it’s hot, so the chicken doesn’t dry out.

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Creamy Lemon Garlic Chicken with Asparagus (30 Minutes!)

It takes less than 30 minutes and just one pan to make this healthy creamy lemon chicken with asparagus. It's perfect for busy weeknights and is super flavorful and just 7g net carbs! The chicken and freshly cooked asparagus are surrounded with delicious lemon garlic cream sauce that's absolutely incredible.
Prep5 minutes
Cook25 minutes
Total25 minutes
Servings 4 servings



  • Season chicken with Italian seasoning, crushed chili pepper, salt & pepper. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat. Add chicken to the pan and cook for 5-6 minutes per side. Remove from skillet and set aside.
  • Add butter onion, and asparagus to the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until just tender. Add the garlic and cook for just under a minute.
  • Add heavy cream, lemon juice, and parmesan cheese; stir to combine. Return chicken to the pan and simmer 3-4 minutes or until the sauce has thickened. Taste and adjust salt & pepper if needed. If the sauce is too thick, add 1/4 cup water, chicken stock or broth.



Serving: 1serving (1/4th the dish), Calories: 607kcal, Carbohydrates: 10g, Protein: 55g, Fat: 39g, Saturated Fat: 20g, Cholesterol: 245mg, Sodium: 546mg, Potassium: 1184mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 2040IU, Vitamin C: 14mg, Calcium: 176mg, Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: chicken, healthy, keto
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  1. This was incredible, I had to review. We are vegetarian so I used sweet earth chicken, air fried. I didn’t have heavy cream- simply mixed butter & Oat milk. I melted the butter, added onions, asparagus & let them mingle until asparagus was fork- tender. Added the heavy cream, garlic, cheese, lemon juice & let everything simmer & I also made basmati rice. This is definitely a keeper! I rarely finish my plate but this was so tasty & delicious, I couldn’t stop!! Thank you for such a wonderful easy recipe!! Always looking for quick tasty meals, especially during the work week & this is a winner!!!

  2. I made this recipe last night, after a long day, and was really glad it was easy to make! It’s super delicious and I had all the ingredients on hand which is always a plus! Thank you for this wonderful dish!

  3. I crusted the chicken with the Parmesan instead of adding it to the sauce. It was very good. Thank you.

  4. Yum!! I used half and half instead of cream. This is easy and flavorful! My family of 4 enjoyed it. Thank you!

  5. Awesome. I followed the recipe and it came out perfect. The kids loved it.

  6. Just made this tonight for my family and they LOVED it!!! I did what another reviewer suggested by adding a little extra cream, parmesan cheese and then placed the browned chicken , the sautéed asparagus, garlic and onion mixture , along with the cream and cheese in a large glass pan and cooked in the oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes and it came out perfect!! So happy I read the reviews!! So many times I experiment with a new recipe on my family and they aren’t happy with the results. This they LOVED!! Thank you!

  7. this sounds sooo delish! how can avoid curdling the heavy cream with the lemon juice? thanks!

    1. It won’t curdle. Trust the process It’ll make a pseudo buttermilk and cream sauce.

  8. I did this recipe yesterday. It was a hit! Thank you for your yummy and easy recipes.

    I even told my keyo friends about your blog

  9. We really enjoyed. I didn’t have heavy cream so added cornstarch to milk and it worked just fine.

  10. Unbelievable. I usually screw up chicken, but it was perfect. So flavorful!

  11. Layla, you’ve done it again: made my family rave about a keto meal! My 11 year-old-son, who is an incredibly picky eater, gave the best compliment. He said the chicken and sauce tasted like something from a fancy Italian restaurant we treat ourselves to a couple of times a year. My husband and I agree. Next time we are thinking of spending $$$ on a meal out, I’ll just whip up this dish. Thank you, thank you for these delicious and inspired keto-friendly recipes.

  12. I made this the other night and it is SO GOOD! Even my kids loved it! The only change I made was adding more cheese (I’m a slight cheese-a-holic) 🙂 Thanks for the awesome recipe!!

  13. This is amazing! Delicious, easy and tastes like high end restaurant recipe. Great recipe without any changes.

  14. Made this tonight, it was absolutely delicious! Thank you for sharing!!!

  15. Absolutely amazing!!! Easy and quick and taste divine!!

  16. This recipe is delicious! It has simple ingredients and one of the few posts that are truly quick to pull together. This will easily be one of my go to meals.

  17. What a great sauce!! So yummy, I am doubling it up next time, since I want plenty to serve this dish over pasta. I did change the recipe regarding the method of cooking: cut my chicken breasts in half, browned them in the pan according to the instructions but finished them in the oven at 400 for about 17 minutes, while cooking the asparagus in the oven as well, just for 15 minutes. It was not my intention to disregard the cooking instructions, it was just a force of habit since that is the way I usually cook both things. Great recipe, thanks!