Spicy Lemon Caper Chicken with Asparagus
Fiorella DiCarlo is a Registered Dietitian who loves to cook with an Italian accent! This recipe uses a combination of fresh, seasonal ingredients that work together to make a dish full of flavor and packed with nutrition!
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2-3 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2-1 tsp red pepper flakes
4 bone-in, chicken legs/thighs
Sea salt, to taste
1/2 Lemon, juice & rind
1/2-1 Tbsp capers
1 lb asparagus, ends trimmed
Salt & pepper, to taste
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Lightly coat pan with olive oil over medium high heat.
Saute chopped garlic and red pepper flakes until aromatic and slightly sizzling
Add chicken legs/thighs, let brown in pan and develop golden brown sear and crust.
Layer flavors by adding sea salt to taste, freshly squeezed lemon juice and lemon rind to chicken.
Add capers, and allow chicken to cook for 20-25 minutes, flipping halfway to ensure even cooking and browning.
In the meantime, prepare your asparagus by preheating your oven to 400F.
Toss trimmed asparagus with olive oil, salt and pepper on baking sheet. Bake 10-15 minutes until tender
Serve chicken with a side of asparagus and a squeeze of lemon and enjoy!
Extra Virgin Olive Oil: is a heart healthy monounsaturated fat that helps reduce inflammation and keep blood flowing properly. Its antioxidant profile boosts your immunity and keeps skin glowing!
Garlic: contains an enzyme called allicin, which has antimicrobial properties and can prevent the common cold!
Red Pepper Flakes: contains capsaicin, that spicy kick to your taste buds also boosts your metabolism
Chicken: great source of lean protein to keep you full and satisfied. Dark meat (legs, thighs) is especially high in iron, which is important for normal blood circulation and prevents fatigue!
Lemon: source of ascorbic acid, or Vitamin C, which is a great antioxidant to protect your body and also works to help your body absorb iron found in food (both from animal sources like chicken, red meats, etc or from plant sources like dark leafy greens, spinach, kale, etc)
Asparagus: filled with fiber, folate, B vitamins, and vitamin K. It also helps to reduce inflammation, flushes toxins from the body, boosts energy, aids digestion, and reduces risk of chronic diseases.