Sheet Pan Honey Horseradish Chicken and Asparagus

Horseradish. The perfect sinus opener. I love the spicy kick.

However in this dish the horseradish is very mild and balanced by the honey, not to worry.

Sheet Pan Honey Horseradish Chicken and Asparagus - The perfect balance of sweet honey with spicy horseradish in this EASY, HEALTHY recipe that's ready in 30 minutes!! Juicy chicken with crisp-tender asparagus for the win!!

This is an easy, 30-ish minute sheet pan recipe and cleanup is as easy as tossing away a sheet of foil. Plan ahead because if you can marinate your chicken it will be so much more tender, juicy, and flavorful.

The chicken marinates in a mixture of olive oil, horseradish, honey, salt, and pepper. Simple ingredients that deliver loads of flavor.

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Sheet Pan Honey Horseradish Chicken and Asparagus - The perfect balance of sweet honey with spicy horseradish in this EASY, HEALTHY recipe that's ready in 30 minutes!! Juicy chicken with crisp-tender asparagus for the win!!

I timed this recipe to coincide with Passover approaching. Traditionally both horseradish and honey are foods commonly served at a Passover seder.

Since asparagus is in season now it’s an easy choice for a vegetable although you could swap it out for Brussels sprouts, broccoli, carrots, or another favorite. Tip – Use average-sized asparagus; thick asparagus tends to be tough and the thin asparagus cooks too quickly and gets mushy. I used two pounds to make sure there was an ample amount but if you’re not a total asparagus fiend you could probably get away with one pound.

If you like the honey and horseradish combo as much as I do, whisk a little together and drizzle it over the chicken before serving. The more sauce the merrier.

Sheet Pan Honey Horseradish Chicken and Asparagus - The perfect balance of sweet honey with spicy horseradish in this EASY, HEALTHY recipe that's ready in 30 minutes!! Juicy chicken with crisp-tender asparagus for the win!!

Sheet Pan Honey Horseradish Chicken and Asparagus

The horseradish is very mild and balanced by the honey in this easy, 30-ish minute sheet pan recipe. Cleanup is as easy as tossing away a sheet of foil. Plan ahead because if you can marinate your chicken it will be so much more tender, juicy, and flavorful. The chicken marinates in a mixture of olive oil, horseradish, honey, salt, and pepper. Simple ingredients that deliver loads of flavor. Use average-sized asparagus and you can use 1 to 2 pounds, depending on preferences. Optionally whisk together a little honey and horseradish and drizzle over the chicken before serving.

Ingredients:

  • about 3 or 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1.50 pounds total)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil, plus more for drizzling over asparagus
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup horseradish (I use prepared creamy refrigerated)
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt, or to taste; plus more for asparagus
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste; plus more for asparagus
  • 1 to 2 pounds fresh asparagus, trimmed (read blog post for explanation)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley (regular or flat-leaf Italian), optional for garnishing

Directions:

  1. To a large ziptop back, add the chicken, 1/3 cup olive oil, honey, horseradish, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, seal bag, and squish contents around to distribute evenly. Place bag in refrigerator to marinate for at least 15 minutes, or overnight.
  2. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 425F, line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, spray with cooking spray, and place chicken on baking sheet. Bake for about 18 to 20 minutes.
  3. Remove pan from oven, flip chicken over, and evenly place the asparagus around the chicken around the perimeter of the pan and between the pieces.
  4. Evenly drizzle asparagus with a small amount of olive oil (there will be pan juices from the chicken that you can roll the asparagus through too), season with salt and pepper to taste, and toss lightly. Tip – Use average-sized asparagus; thick asparagus tends to be tough and the thin asparagus cooks too quickly and get mushy.
  5. Return pan to oven and bake for about 10 to 14 minutes, or until asparagus is crisp-tender and chicken is cooked through (internal temp of 165F). Baking time will depend on thickness of chicken breasts and size of asparagus; bake as necessary and until done.
  6. Optionally garnish with fresh parsley and serve immediately. Tip – Whisk a little extra honey and horseradish together and drizzle over chicken before serving if desired. Dish is best warm and fresh but extra will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days.
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