Fast & Festive Dinners: Asparagus-Stuffed Chicken

Twinkling lights. Snow-covered trees. Sleigh rides in the park.

There's no doubt about it: the holiday season is my favorite time of year. But it's also the busiest.

From shopping to baking to wrapping gifts to extra activities with the kids, I think my list is just as long as Santa's right now. (Though hopefully our Christmas Eve won't involve quite that many stops on the way to Grandma's house.)

So how do you keep up with the hustle and bustle of the holidays? Well, the Fix It Fast 10-Meal Kit may be exactly what you need for your wish list. It includes delicious products and recipes to make 10 meals in 30 minutes or less. In fact, today we're featuring one of the meals from the kit – Asparagus-Stuffed Chicken!

So easy and elegant, these delicious chicken breasts are stuffed with crisp-tender, fresh asparagus - then drizzled with rich, creamy sauce loaded with spinach and Parmesan cheese. While I was making these little beauties, my husband walked into the kitchen and said, “Oh, wow … those look fancy!” He's right – they do. But they are incredibly simple to make.

Seriously, you guys … these are AMAZING. And while this delicious dinner is easy enough to make any night of the week, it would be dazzling for the holidays, too.

How to Make It Tonight
Here's a quick play-by-play with photos. See the full recipe here »

Step 1: Prep & Pound Your Chicken
Preheat your oven to 425°F. Trim any fat from 5 (5-6 oz.) boneless skinless chicken breasts, and then pound them to about ¼-inch thickness. Sprinkle with a little salt and freshly ground pepper.

Asparagus-Stuffed Chicken recipe | Tastefully Simple

Then line a large rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spray it lightly with no-stick cooking spray.

Step 2: Stuff & Bake
Top each chicken breast with a slice of provolone cheese and 4-6 spears fresh asparagus. Roll 'em up and secure with a few toothpicks. (I know it looks a little weird. But hang in there – I promise it will be worth it!)

Asparagus-Stuffed Chicken recipe | Tastefully Simple

Place 'em on your baking sheet, seam-side (and toothpick-side!) up. Bake about 15-20 minutes.

Asparagus-Stuffed Chicken recipe | Tastefully Simple

This is probably obvious, but carefully remove the toothpicks.

Step 3: Get Saucy
To make the sauce, place 8 ounces cream cheese in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave 1 minute. Whisk in 1 cup 2% milk and 1 packet Artichoke & Spinach Warm Dip Mix.

Asparagus-Stuffed Chicken recipe | Tastefully Simple

Continue microwaving 30 seconds. Whisk in ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese; microwave another minute or so, until the sauce is thick and smooth.
Wondering what to serve on the side? Make these crispy, cheesy Bacon Jam Potato Wedges. (The dipping sauce is divine – you'll want to try it on burgers, too!)

Asparagus-Stuffed Chicken recipe | Tastefully Simple
That's it! You've got a fancy dinner without any fuss – ready in 30 minutes flat.

So whether you're entertaining with friends or gathering around the table with your family, this fun and festive dinner will make any evening extra special.

Asparagus-Stuffed Chicken recipe | Tastefully Simple
Happy holidays!
- Jen

Tips & Hints:
  • Before pounding your chicken breasts, wrap them in clear cellophane or place 1-2 in a large resealable plastic bag at a time, squeezing out as much air as possible. Then pound the chicken breasts using the flat side of a meat mallet (or even a rolling pin in a pinch).
  • Looking for other easy side dish ideas? Try rice pilaf, baked sweet potatoes and/or crusty dinner rolls.
  • If you have leftover cheese sauce, toss it with hot pasta or steamed broccoli. Or use it as a base for chicken pizza the next night!

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