You might take a little less then 25 minutes or you might take a little more. But, you will be pretty pleased with how fast you can get it ready to serve. I timed myself and it was on the plates and I was taking pics at 23 minutes. You can still keep within 25 minutes as you multi task and get the Asparagus Wrapped in Prosciutto on the table with your Garlic Lemon Butter Chicken with Gnocchi.
Put the chicken tenders in the microwave to thaw – if needed- or if you prefer move them from the freezer to the fridge before you leave for work. Put a skillet on at medium high with a couple of tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and set the oven at 500°F. Cut the stump ends off of the asparagus, rinse off the spears and wrap them each with a slice of the Prosciutto. If the spears are thin just wrap 2 or 3 of them with the Prosciutto. Slices of bacon will also work just fine if you don’t have any Prosciutto. Line a baking pan or cookie sheet with aluminum foil and spray or drizzle it with it with olive oil. Spread out the wrapped spears in the pan and put it in the oven. It should take about 10 – 15 minutes. When the prosciutto gets crisp on top turn them over and let the other side get crisp. When all of the prosciutto is crisp it’s done. If the chicken isn’t ready yet just turn the oven off and let the asparagus rest and keep warm. This is one of our favorite side dishes.
As soon as the asparagus is in the oven. Salt and pepper the chicken tenders and put them in the skillet. Sear both sides.
While they are cooking cut up the parsley and the garlic and have the gnocchi, cooking white wine and lemon standing by.
Add the butter and when it has stopped foaming put in the chopped garlic, white wine, parsley and the gnocchi. Squeeze in the lemon juice and toss in the rind. The chicken will finish cooking as the wine reduces and the gnocchi cooks. Mix everything together a few times as it all cooks.
It will take about 5 minutes for the gnocchi to puff up and get soft, but not mushy, then it all will be ready to enjoy. Spoon the sauce all over the chicken and the gnocchi and slide that side dish of prosciutto wrapped asparagus in next to your Garlic Lemon Butter Chicken with Gnocchi.
You could treat yourselves to chilled bottle of Italian Pinot Grigio or Verdicchio white wine and some of Poppop’s easy homemade bread to dip in the sauce because you deserve it!