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Chicken au Gratin with Mushrooms & Asparagus

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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!

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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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Well, ladies and gents, may I introduce the solution to your problems: Sharp Gourmet! This company is a subscription box that ensures you always have chef-worthy, sharpened knives on hand. Instead of spending a fortune on expensive knives and a sharpening stone, Sharp Gourmet sends you knife sets that have gone through a four-step process of sharpening.

You can choose from a selection of four, five or six knife sets, and they sharpen your set and ship them directly to your door – you can choose to receive a new set every 3 or 6 months for optimal help in the kitchen. The dull knives are sent back to the company using a prepaid shipping label and box, and knife sets start at around a reasonable $4.00 a month.

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I was very impressed with the selection I received with the 4-knife set – this basic starter set allows for a variety of different prep work in the kitchen and it’s great for those who make relatively simple recipes. There’s a 10” serrated knife, an 8” chef knife, a 6” boning knife and a 4” paring knife, all of which work perfectly across meat, veggies, fruit, breads and more.

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!

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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. 😉

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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!

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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!

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Will you be trying this Chicken au Gratin with Mushrooms & Asparagus recipe? If you try any of my recipes be sure to let me know in the comments, on InstagramTwitter or Facebook!

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Prep Time 15 minutes
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  1. Preheat oven to 450 F.
  2. Mix olive oil, wine, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper together in a medium-sized bowl. Pour overtop of chicken in a plastic bag and marinate for up to 30 min.
  3. Meanwhile, chop sweet potatoes, rinse under cold water then dry with a clean towel. In a large bowl, toss potatoes in olive oil, paprika, salt and pepper. Bake on a parchment-lined baking sheet for 12 minutes each side.
  4. Remove chicken from bag, then coat each breast in flour and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Meanwhile, sauté mushrooms in a frying pan over medium heat until almost fully cooked.
  5. Remove mushrooms from pan, then fry chicken for 3-4 minutes each side. Remove from pan and place back onto baking sheet.
  6. Top chicken with mushrooms, then 3 sprigs of asparagus. Cook in oven alongside sweet potatoes for 10 minutes. Remove chicken from oven and top with slice of cheese. Cook for another 3-4 minutes until cheese is melted.
  7. Plate all together and enjoy!

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2 Comments

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    Darina
    June 3, 2016 at 16:05

    Wow, this looks great! I love the bright white and that you got it looking so white, instead of grey or blue. White can be hard to shoot without it looking underexposed or blown out. Good job 🙂 The shots look perfect.

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      Taylor Stinson
      June 6, 2016 at 10:58

      Thanks so much Darina!!! That means so much coming from you! I had so much trouble initially shooting with white (and editing) but now it’s become my go-to, almost to the point that I get bored of it haha. I actually just ordered a few photography backgrounds this morning partially inspired by your photos – I want to start playing around with some darker moods come fall and late summer. We’ll see how it goes!

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