Roasted Chicken over Creamy Asparagus Pasta


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.