This Chicken au Gratin with Mushrooms & Asparagus recipe is a healthy summer dinner that makes the best use of delicious, seasonal vegetables like asparagus!
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This summer, I’m all about healthy eating. My whole life is about the gym, meal planning, and occasionally enjoying the odd glass of wine out on the back deck. Life just has a certain calmness to it about the summer.
I’m not exactly proud of the late hours I’ve been eating (I’ll be honest, I ate last night at 10:30pm!), but I’ve been trying to incorporate plenty of other healthy activities into my life. I can’t help it that the sun stays out until 9:30 at night now – I’m loving the extended daylight so I want to make the most of it!
Okay, I’m running out of excuses…
This Chicken au Gratin with Mushrooms & Asparagus is the perfect meal for those weeknights that you don’t know what to have for dinner, and it is indulgent enough for the weekend. You can be like me and eat it late at night, or you can prep it within 40 minutes of coming home from work. This dish is so versatile and delicious, and really uses some of the tastiest seasonal ingredients available this time of year!
Asparagus is in season, and boy is it ever at its peak right now! I would highly recommend heading to your local grocery store or farmer’s market to pick some up – even if you don’t use a whole bunch (like in this recipe), it is delicious in omelets, on pizzas, as side dishes, in salads…pretty much anywhere you can imagine!
I tried to add a ton of different colours to this dish, and there are definitely plenty of different textures. Sometimes I find myself having trouble using just one type of knife in my prep across different ingredients – you know, your knives get dull, or one knife may be suitable for chopping sweet potatoes but not for cutting fat off of chicken or meat.
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I was pleasantly surprised at how easily the boning knife sliced through a tomato to create the perfect dice and I continue to use these knives on a regular basis even after I developed this recipe. They are so versatile!
The best part about this Chicken au Gratin recipe is that you can switch it up according to season. I mean, everyone loves chicken right? I know that I have it at least three or four times a week, and the same old thing can get boring.
You can add different cheese and veggies to this recipe and even pair different sides. I highly recommend keeping the Dijon and white sauce the same, however. It’s just so delicious, even if I do say so myself. 😉
Sweet potato fries are my go-to during the summer because they are just so colourful and loaded with vibrant flavour. However, I have a few other suggestions for some side dishes you can add to this Chicken au Gratin – maybe some BBQ veggie and potato packs, or some cheesy baked potato wedges? The choice is really up to you and how you’re feeling!
Can’t you just see yourself serving this Chicken au Gratin dish up at the cottage, or for a romantic dinner on the backyard deck? The possibilities for this delicious dinner are literally endless!