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Source: fitmittenkitchen.com A simple, yet satisfying sheet pan dinner: Hemp-Crusted Chicken Breast & Asparagus! Perfect for busy weeknights.
Guys. I need to start new (better) habits this season. I feel like I’ve gotten myself into this non-productive morning groove these past few weeks. i.e. not waking up with my first (three) alarms, not having a good plan for my day… which can make my days feel frantic and overwhelming at times.
I blame my working/living space, which is likely just an excuse for myself to continue working in the environment that I have set up. But at least I am aware of that. I am aware I have made excuses for myself to just continue working slightly unorganized day-to-day.
I know my type of personality (A–who would have thought) thrives on routine. I feel a better sense of accomplishment when I have my weeks, days, and hours planned out and organized. Unfortunately you’d never know I like to be organized if you looked at our current living situation. But I MUST make a promise to myself–when we move I WILL create a better working environment; an office I want to work in, a kitchen I love to be in. Setting myself up in these organized, inspiring spaces has to do wonders for productivity, right? Does anyone else struggle with this? Maybe some of those that work from home at times? Working from home definitely has it’s perks, but there are days I do wish I had a separate little working zone to go to. A working zone that doesn’t involve me spending cash money on lattes and bakery pastries, if you know what I mean.
The good news is we will likely be closing on our house in two weeks! I CANNOT WAIT. So all of the above can happen with some planning…
One thing I NEED to get back into is meal prep and just planning our meals out for the week in general. I’ve gotten out of the habit again because like I’ve said a thousand times now: no me gusta la cocina (I don’t like the kitchen). Meal planning is such an easy habit to fall out of, you know? But we just have to jump back in–no excuses!
HEMP CRUSTED CHICKEN & ROASTED ASPARAGUS SHEET PAN DINNER
Which is where this chicken and asparagus sheet pan dinner comes into play. It’s a solid meal that doesn’t take too much effort.
I’ve found that changing up the preparation of your food–chicken in this case–is a good way to not get bored with your meals. And while breading chicken is another step for the cooking process, it is well worth it. Once you coat the chicken in the hemp breading you just place it on the pan with the asparagus, and it goes straight into the oven. Bake for about 30-40 minutes, flipping the chicken over half way through and give the asparagus a gentle stir.
An easy meal that is satisfying and pairs well with baked potatoes, or maybe your favorite rice or quinoa side
CHICKEN ASPARAGUS SHEET PAN DINNER
Recipe type: Dinner
1 lb asparagus, stems trimmed
garlic salt & pepper, to taste
1½ lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 large eggs
⅓ cup hemp hearts
⅓ cup almond meal or flour
1 tsp garlic powder
¾ tsp salt
½ tsp paprika
¼ tsp cumin
¼ tsp black pepper
Preheat oven to 375F. Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper or silicone mat, set aside.
Wash and dry asparagus, then place on one end of lined sheet pan and toss on about ½ TBS of oil (such as avocado or olive) or use spray. Sprinkle on garlic salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
Trim fat off of chicken breast and cut into medium-sized portions. My chicken breasts were rather large, so had to make them about the size of my palm.
In a medium bowl whisk together large eggs. Set aside.
In a medium, shallow bowl combine hemp hearts, almond meal and seasonings together.
Bread the chicken breasts by dipping them into the bowl of whisked eggs, then lay them into the hemp breading bowl gently tossing to coat completely. Transfer to lined sheet pan. Continue this process until all of the chicken is breaded and on pan. You can spray the chicken breading with oil for a crispier coating.
Bake sheet pan for 35-40 minutes, flipping the chicken breast and gently stirring the asparagus half way through the baking time. Check chicken with meat thermometer; internal temperature should be at 165F when done. Or slice into chicken breast and check for any pink.
Transfer chicken and asparagus to plates and serve immediately. Enjoy!