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roasted chicken over creamy asparagus pasta

Woooow, it’s so lovely over here. I love what you’ve done to the place, Jenna! Are those new curtains and were they on sale? Because I’ve been thinking about picking some up for my webs—-

Whoa! Hello.

Yeah, didn’t see ya there. You’re. . .  pretty quiet.

I’m Bev from  Bev Cooks! I’m doing some guesty posterin’ for Jenna today on her uh-may-zin site. And while I’m supposed to be talking about food with you guys, this is all I can actually think:


I’d like to start by thanking my husband. He’s been there for me since day one. And of course my parents. Talk about support. And I can’ t forget my………ah, man! They’re telling me to wrap it up and get on with the food.


So, you guys. We need to talk about roasted chicken for a sec. What I’m about to share with you might be THA. EASIEST. way to roast a chicken.

A) You have the butcher cut it up for you so you don’t have to willy nilly with it much.

B) You pour a little wine on it, and a little (or a lot) more in your mouth.

C) It roasts in a cast iron skillet for only 40 minutes, so you have just enough time to pull together some quick pasta with a creamy asparagus sauce while Friends is on in the background.

Rachel just had Ross’s baby and we’re crossing our fingers for them to get back together!

Okay, now let’s go ahead and discuss this creamy asparagus sauce. I’m telling ya, you’ll be cruising on easy street in a pink convertible with a head scarf and red lipstick, it’s that simple.

A) The asparagus has a spa day with garlic, cream and a little broth in a food processor.

B) It then simmers for a minute, followed by a hot elopement with the pasta.

C) You serve it with sun-dried tomatoes and as a bed under the roasted chicken, whuuuut! *fist bump*

No need for a fork. The shovel in the garage will be just fine.

*Thank you so much for having me today, Jenna! I hope I didn’t scare anyone off.*

Roasted Chicken over Creamy Asparagus Pasta

serves 4

Print this recipe!


1 whole chicken cut up

2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil

1/4 cup dry white wine (or chicken broth)

2 sprigs fresh oregano

2 sprigs fresh thyme

1 tsp coarse salt

1 tsp freshly ground pepper

juice from half a lemon

1 pound brown rice spaghetti (or whatever you have on hand)

1/2 bunch asparagus

3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped

1/2 cup heavy cream

1/4 cup chicken stock

1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes

1/2 tsp coarse salt

1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper


Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Coat the bottom of a cast iron skillet with a little oil, along with coating all sides of the chicken. Nestle the chicken pieces in the pan. Pour the wine over the chicken. Top with the fresh oregano and thyme leaves, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Roast for 40 minutes. Change the oven to broil, and broil 5 more minutes.

Bring it out of the oven and spritz with lemon. Let rest for 5 minutes.

In the meantime, give the asparagus a rough chop and throw it into a food processor. Add the garlic and blitz until finely chopped. Add the cream, broth, a good pinch of salt and pepper. Blitz a bit more until everything is combined and creamy.

Pour sauce into a small saucepan and simmer lightly while the pasta cooks.

Cook the pasta until it reaches al dente. Drain and add to the saucepan. Toss to coat with the cream sauce. Toss in the sun-dried tomatoes. Resist sticking your mouth in the pot. Oh, you’ll see.

Serve creamy asparagus pasta topped with a piece of roasted chicken. Spritz with a little more lemon if desired. Drizzle with more sauce and freaking have. at. it.


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  • Lindsay
    November 17, 2011 at 3:12 am

    Wow…that looks so unreal it’s making me hungry, and it’s 6:10 am…

  • Kathryn
    November 17, 2011 at 3:23 am

    Great guest post! Lovely to see you over here on ELR!

  • Sweet and Savvy
    November 17, 2011 at 3:32 am

    Most people want invited over to people’s houses for dinner. I, though, would be content being invited over to clean your fridge to scrap leftovers. 😉

  • Khushboo
    November 17, 2011 at 3:40 am

    I just proclaimed how hungry I am at work..this doesn’t helP!!

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    November 17, 2011 at 3:48 am

    Bev, hi!!!!

    You made such a pretty meal and the light streaming in on it is just glorious.

    Love the overhead shot of the asparagus, too. And I love asparagus (not just the picture..but I love that too :))

    As always, your pics are awesome and so are you 🙂

  • Jessica @ Jess Go Bananas
    November 17, 2011 at 4:10 am

    hahahah that pasta sounds amazing…I kinda wish I had that spa day…lol

  • They Call Me The Guest Poster Child | Bev Cooks
    November 17, 2011 at 4:10 am


  • Molly @ RDexposed
    November 17, 2011 at 4:43 am

    I love the idea of asparagus looking like a boquet of flours in a vase!

    • Julie
      November 17, 2011 at 4:19 pm

      I too love the idea of the asparagus staged to look like a “bouquet” of “flowers” in a vase.

      Flour vs. Flowers – kind of hard to mix up. :O (Sorry, spelling error pet peeve here!”

      • Julie
        November 17, 2011 at 4:19 pm

        And I would make a grammatical error there. The ” is a )

        • Julie
          November 17, 2011 at 4:21 pm

          Punctuational, I mean. 😉

      • angela
        January 10, 2012 at 1:54 pm

        woah, sassy.

  • Kay
    November 17, 2011 at 4:52 am

    What a great looking recipe an photos, Bev! And my two favorite friends unite! What could be better? Love your sites, ladies!

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb
    November 17, 2011 at 4:54 am

    this looks amazing. and i’m here to tell ya, a little cream makes anything better!! the asparagus pasta is to die for. thanks, bev!!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    November 17, 2011 at 4:54 am

    Oooh I love that asparagus shot! This sounds delicious and I’m definitely trying that creamy asparagus sauce soon!

  • katie @KatieDid
    November 17, 2011 at 5:12 am

    mm lovely dish! I love chicken legs so so much, I usually buy them over chicken breasts these days. And that creamy sauce- looks so rich without being too heavy.

  • Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter)
    November 17, 2011 at 5:24 am

    Mmm, so many of my favorite dinner things in one bowl! Copying down this recipe!

  • Lauren @ What Lauren Likes
    November 17, 2011 at 5:41 am

    This is so pretty! Wow, the colours are just amazing!! 🙂

  • Marijke
    November 17, 2011 at 5:43 am

    This looks like a DREAM!

  • Hilliary @ Happily Ever Healthy
    November 17, 2011 at 5:51 am

    This sounds delicious, like I want to run home and make this for lunch! Thanks for sharing!

  • Jen
    November 17, 2011 at 5:56 am

    Love the recipe, but the rest had me confused. Just keep the stories simple Bev?

  • Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray
    November 17, 2011 at 5:57 am

    Holy gorgeous, Bev! Looks great, and so beautiful. Can you add this to your fedex package for me? 😉

  • brandi
    November 17, 2011 at 6:01 am

    Great guest post! I LOVE Bev. I want her to be my neighbor. 🙂

  • Notyet100
    November 17, 2011 at 6:15 am

    Ummmm this looks so delicious

  • Cassie
    November 17, 2011 at 6:34 am

    This looks AMAZING!! I love pasta sauces made with veggies. Beautiful post, BEV!!!

  • Jen
    November 17, 2011 at 6:44 am

    This is right up my alley! I love roasted chicken. I’ve just got a 9″ iron skillet…is that big enough to hold a whole chicken, you think? And p.s., that Jen above is not me. I lurve your humor!

    • Bev Weidner
      November 17, 2011 at 7:09 am

      Ha! Thanks for the note. 🙂

      My cast iron is a 10″ and it normally fits a whole chicken in it! Depending on the size of course. You may have to do some serious snuggling with it, but it should work!

  • Lauren from Lauren's Latest
    November 17, 2011 at 6:49 am

    Oh Beverly! This is why I love you.

  • Cait's Plate
    November 17, 2011 at 6:51 am

    BEAUTIFUL photos! Delicious look dish!! Definitely want to try this out! Also – just added you to my google reader – so happy to have found you!

    • Bev Weidner
      November 17, 2011 at 7:10 am

      Great! Thank you so much!

  • Sally
    November 17, 2011 at 6:52 am

    Oh, that sauce. That sauce. I’m seeing a lot of possibilities for more of that sauce in my life. I wonder if it will freeze well?

  • Erica @ In and Around Town
    November 17, 2011 at 6:59 am

    Love this use of asparagus! its one of my favorite veggies

  • Halle
    November 17, 2011 at 7:21 am

    Wow. This recipe looks amazingggg!! Trying this ASAP.

  • Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine
    November 17, 2011 at 7:25 am

    What a gorgeous dish!

  • rachel
    November 17, 2011 at 7:26 am

    will have to try this method of roasting chicken! looks pretty simple 🙂

  • Living The Sweet Life
    November 17, 2011 at 7:34 am

    Oh my word … the crisp of the chicken – – the colour of that sauce!! Do you think anyone will notice if I left work to make this right now :$

  • Heather
    November 17, 2011 at 7:41 am

    This looks amazing! Aaaand I have all the ingredients in my fridge right now. Making this for dinner tonight for sure.

  • Sweet Marcella
    November 17, 2011 at 7:43 am

    Love love love this recipe Bev! And I love your blog! And I’m totally jealous of your guest post 🙂

  • Liz @ Southern Charm
    November 17, 2011 at 7:52 am

    Oh wow! This looks delicious. The asparagus in the recipe is very inviting 🙂

  • Mary
    November 17, 2011 at 8:08 am

    This was one of the yummiest and funniest guest posts I’ve ever read! Thanks, Bev, and thanks Jenna for introducing me to a great new blog!

  • Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes
    November 17, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Oh my, that looks so tasty! I love how bright and pretty it looks. That sauce sounds amazing! A must try!

  • Rachael @ FreshlyMinted
    November 17, 2011 at 8:15 am

    How fun! And quite a fun post to read, I might add 😉

    Love the green sauce – so creative. Major question on my mind, however: Will it make your pee smell funny?

    Haha – Can’t wait to try it!

  • Jessica
    November 17, 2011 at 8:26 am

    I’m dying to run home and make this! Looks amazing! Bev, I hopped over to your blog and will def. be following you now!

  • Emmy (Wine and Butter)
    November 17, 2011 at 8:41 am

    This looks VERY yummy! I am so in the mood for chicken!
    My fave way to cook chicken is rubbed with salt and dried herbs and baked on raised tray so it goes all crispy…! BUT I do love it poached in some wine from time to time.
    Also a big fan of asparagus and sun dried tomatoes!
    I loved the post too! Sometimes I get panicky just commenting on amazing food blogs … so your take was very cute. You more than held your own though and sure you’ll have a ton of new readers – including me!! :). xox

  • Natalie @ Perry's Plate
    November 17, 2011 at 8:49 am

    I heart you, Bev. 🙂

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    November 17, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Haha, loved this guest post. I want this chicken and pasta in my face now. I’ve been seeing your name everywhere recently..time to check you out 🙂 (that sounds dirty, it’s not I promise.)

  • Kiran @
    November 17, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Thanks Jenna for featuring the awesome Bev!

    And Bev, I wish we were neighbors. Like for realz 😀

  • Sonia (the Mexigarian)
    November 17, 2011 at 9:31 am

    My husband is going to love this. Thanks for an awesome guest post. 🙂

  • nicole {sweet peony}
    November 17, 2011 at 10:36 am

    uhhhh that looks gorgeous. and delicious. and like it should be in my face now! so happy to see bev here… love both of you ladies!

  • Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen
    November 17, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Asparagus pesto?! Yes please!! Pretty pretty pictures, too!

  • christine @ oatmeal in my bowl
    November 17, 2011 at 10:49 am

    OMG! I love your voice with this post! Spa day – Rachel having Ross’ baby…cute. And this meal – especially the asparagus pasta – looks uh-may-zin! 😉

  • Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic
    November 17, 2011 at 11:05 am

    I love asparagus with pasta but have never made an oh-so-creamy sauce with it yet. This looks delicious!

  • Jennifer @ Mother Thyme
    November 17, 2011 at 11:06 am

    This looks FABULOUS and I bet it is delicious! Definitely on my list to try! Stunning photos! 🙂

  • Heather
    November 17, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Looks delish! Anything with asparagus in it is A-OK in my book.

  • Katie
    November 17, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    No scaring. Just love for you both, Bev and Jenna. Can I swim in that asparagus/creamy goodness?

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    November 17, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Great recipe Bev! This looks so delish!

  • deena @ stay at home FOODIE
    November 17, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Looks delish. Sounds even better. Love it

  • Lisa [With Style and Grace]
    November 17, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Look at you, running with the cool crowd now – we’re still friends, right? 😉 Okay, call me crazy, but I’ve never roasted chicken in a skillet before… right, I know, this will change IMMEDIATELY.

  • KateSouth
    November 17, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    That looks downright awesome! I love roasting a whole chicken, but have never skillet roast a “broken down” chicken, will definitely have to try that. And any creamy sauce just calls to me…

  • Sharon
    November 17, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Wow this looks fan-freaking-tastic. Must. Try. And I love your writing style too. Great guest post!

  • Katie
    November 17, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    I love your style and I’m definitely going to have to check out your blog! I’m definitely going to have to check our this recipe too. However, my very favorite was the Friends reference ~ I’m glad to know I’m not the only one cooking with Friends in the background. I’ll be thinking about you next time 🙂

  • Elise Franco
    November 18, 2011 at 6:14 am

    This post just reminded me that I haven’t had my dinner yet. Looks very yummy and not to mention I really love asparagus.

  • Rachel Wilkerson
    November 18, 2011 at 9:05 am

    This looks SO good and those photos are amazing!

  • sippitysup
    November 18, 2011 at 10:20 am

    I just made a similar sauce with broccolini and rapini. But this creamy version tempts me to revisit the concept. GREG

  • Maria
    November 20, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Holy beegeez, this was so flippin’ delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  • Kris
    November 21, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    This looks so amazing. I seriously want a plate of this pasta and chicken in front of me now! Ya’ll deliver? To Texas…?

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