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Recipe From by Jamie Purviance

Lemon–Butter Chicken Breasts with Asparagus

  • People

    Serves 4

  • Prep Time

    20 min.

  • Grilling Time

    41 to 43 min.

People
Serves 4
Prep Time
20 min.
Grilling Time
41 to 43 min.

the Ingredients

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Lemon Butter

  • 115 grams (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • finely chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
  • finely grated lemon zest
  • fresh lemon juice
  • garlic cloves, minced
 
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • chicken breast halves (with bone and skin), each 280 to 340 grams
  • 680 grams asparagus
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • lemon, cut into 6 wedges

Instructions

  • 01 In a small bowl mash the lemon butter ingredients, including ¼ teaspoon of salt and ¼ teaspoon of pepper, until thoroughly blended.
  • 02 Carefully lift the skin from each chicken breast, leaving the skin closest to the breastbone attached. Slide a paring knife under the skin and, without puncturing the skin, cut three to four slits in the flesh, each about 2 centimetres deep. Spread 1 tablespoon of the lemon butter on the flesh of each chicken breast, pushing some of it into the slits. Lay the skin back in place.
  • 03 Transfer the remaining lemon butter to a small saucepan and melt over medium heat on the stove. Set aside.
  • 04 Prepare the grill for indirect cooking over medium heat (180°C to 230°C).
  • 05 Remove and discard the tough bottom of each asparagus spear by grasping at each end and bending it gently until it snaps at its natural point of tenderness, usually about two-thirds of the way down the spear. Drizzle the asparagus with oil and season evenly with salt and pepper.
  • 06 Brush the chicken breasts with oil and season evenly with salt and pepper. Grill the chicken, skin-side up, over direct heat, with the lid closed, until nicely marked on the bottom, about 5 minutes. Without turning the chicken, slide over indirect medium heat, close the lid and continue cooking until the meat is opaque all the way to the bone, about 30 minutes more. About 5 minutes before the chicken is done, brush the tops with some of the melted lemon butter and then turn the breasts over, skin-side down. Slide over direct heat, close the lid and continue cooking until the skin is brown, basting once more with the lemon butter. Remove from the grill, cover and let rest 3 to 5 minutes.
  • 07 Grill the asparagus over direct heat, with the lid closed, until crisp-tender, 6 to 8 minutes, turning occasionally. Arrange the asparagus on a serving platter and drizzle with the remaining lemon butter. Serve the chicken warm with asparagus and garnish with lemon wedges.
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