Comfort food you grew up with gets a one pot, lightened up, spring makeover! This One Pot Creamy Chicken and Asparagus Casserole is easy to make and perfect for a weeknight family dinner!
It appears I’m all about the one pot/skillet meals this week and why shouldn’t I be? They’re easy to make, minimal dishes to wash and generally comfort meals that everyone tends to like. Monday I made us healthier Chinese takeout and today it’s all about comfort food with this One Pot Creamy Chicken and Asparagus Casserole.
I mentioned last week that you would be seeing at least a couple more recipes using seasonal spring asparagus in them, because quite frankly I can’t control myself when it’s around. I’ll roast a bunch of it on Sunday saying I’m going to add it to my salads or snack on it during the week, but the next thing I know I’ve already eaten half of it and I’ll be lucky if it lasts through Monday. This time around I decided to take a classic comfort food that I’m sure many of you have had, chicken and broccoli casserole, and give it a lightened up spring makeover.
On top of being excited to take a classic, lighten it up AND add one of my favorite vegetables to it, I was even more excited to cook this one pot meal in my new Wolf Gourmet cookware set. When the wonderful folks at Wolf Gourmet approached me with the opportunity to try out their 10-piece cookware set I jumped at the chance! My current pots and pans were starting to show some wear and tear and I had been considering upgrading. At first I was nervous about using stainless steel cookware because I had only ever used non-stick. However, I’ve been pleasantly surprised with how evenly everything I cook has turned out and how durable the cookware set is, not to mention it’s gorgeous to look at!
Another feature I like are the longer and ergonomically designed handles, making lifting and pouring a breeze! I ended up using the 11.5 inch skillet to cook the One Pot Creamy Chicken and Asparagus Casserole, but the 3.5 quart sautè pan would also work great. The 10-piece cookware set can be found at Bloomingdale’s.
So let’s get back to the casserole and what I did to lighten it up, but still keep that creamy cheesiness that you expect. First up was to replace higher fat milk or even cream with part low-sodium chicken broth and part unsweetened almond milk, skim milk would also work. To get the extra creamy flavor I wanted I added an ounce of 1/3 less fat cream cheese and plain Greek yogurt. The sauce was so thick and creamy I almost didn’t add in the cheese, but of course I couldn’t resist. A combination of Gruyere and sharp cheddar both melted in and on top of the casserole rounds out this one pot family friendly dinner and it is de-licious!