Chicken with Asparagus and Carrots en Papillote – Low Calorie

A great low calorie dinner which is easy and fast to make.  I’ve made this frequently throughout the years when I want a nice light chicken dinner.

Sorry about the pictures – we keep taking them under dinner lights.  I’ll eventually invest in photography lights.


En Papilotte literally means “in paper” referring to the parchment packets in which the French traditionally cook.  I usually use aluminum foil which is more readily available, sturder, and easier to fold into a tightly sealed packet.

Recipe: Breast of Chicken with Asparagus and Carrots en Papillote

Summary: A great low calorie chicken dish, adapted from 365 Ways to Cook Chicken


  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut crosswise into ¼-inch strips (or I use chicken tenders, two or three per packet)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • ½ lb fresh asparagus, cut into 1 inch lengths
  • 3 medium carrots, cut into julienne strips
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon tarragon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Dash of cayenne pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 450. Tear off four lengths of heavy-duty aluminum foil large enough to permit adequate wrapping and to allow for heat circulation and expansion. Place sliced chicken in center of foil; season with salt and pepper. Top with asparagus, carrot, and onion.
  2. In a small bowl, combine butter, lemon juice, tarragon, salt and cayenne. Pour equally over each chicken-vegetable serving.
  3. Bring two edges of foil together, making a series of locked folds in the middle. Repeat locked folds for ends, pressing tight to seal.
  4. Place foil packets in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Cook 18 to 20 minutes, until chicken tests done. To serve, open up packet carefully (steam can burn); open up foil or remove to plate.

Quick notes

If the chicken breasts are huge, you can use 2 to serve 4 people.

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Cooking time: 20 minute(s)

Diet tags: Low calorie

Number of servings (yield): 4

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