Chicken and Asparagus Stir-Fry

April 17, 2013 by Ali

Chicken and Asparagus Recipe

In my wise old age, I have come to a realization about myself — I am terrible with due dates. Like, really terrible.

From library books, to movie rentals, even to turning in my taxes on time (which I at least mailed in this week at 4:50pm!), I have a pretty terrible track record of remembering to take care of things on time. This past weekend, when I was “spring cleaning” out my fridge, I realized the same holds true there. Eek. Let’s just say that I think I finally learned what happens to cilantro if it accidentally gets hidden at the back of the vegetable drawer for a month!

The good news was that, as I was taking an inventory of leftover ingredients in the fridge, I realized that I had the makings of a stir fry right in front of me. So I decided to make a simple chicken and asparagus stir fry for lunch, mixed with some garlic, scallions, soy sauce and honey. It took all of 15 minutes to make, and after I took the first tasty bite, I realized that I should totally share it with you!!!

So I mustered up every inch of self-control to resist diving in, and instead set up my camera and snapped some photos for the blog. Oh the life of a food blogger — lots of lukewarm food after photo shoots! But even then, this simple stir fry absolutely hit the spot. So simple, but such great flavors. Plus, it’s healthy and literally comes together in a snap. So if you are a chicken and asparagus fan like me, or if the ingredients happen to be sitting there in your fridge, I highly recommend giving it a try!

Chicken and Asparagus Recipe


Chicken and Asparagus Stir-Fry

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 2-4 Servings


  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces (about 1-inch)
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 bunch asparagus, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 2 tsp. toasted sesame oil
  • (optional) 1 tsp. toasted sesame seeds


In a small bowl or in a ziplock bag, combine soy sauce and honey. Add chicken, and stir to coat. Set in the refrigerator until ready.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add asparagus, and saute until cooked, about 5 minutes. Remove the asparagus with a slotted spoon, and set aside.

Remove chicken from marinade, and add to skillet. Saute until nearly cooked through (with the insides still slightly pink), about 5 minutes. Then add garlic, scallions, and the reserved marinade to the pan. Saute for an additional 2 minutes until the chicken is cooked and the garlic is fragrant. Remove from heat and stir in sesame oil. Serve immediately with rice, garnished with toasted sesame seeds if desired.

Chicken and Asparagus Recipe
Chicken and Asparagus Recipe

Chicken and Asparagus Recipe

Chicken and Asparagus Recipe

Chicken and Asparagus Recipe

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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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101 thoughts on “Chicken and Asparagus Stir-Fry

  1. Made this with sugar snap peas and it was AWESOME. Whole family enjoyed and I felt like super mom.


    - Sharyne Miller

  2. I’m a 100% ignorant cooking wise college student; thank you for this recipe! It has made me really proud of myself haha I never thought I could cook something so delicious!

    - Ignacio GV

  3. Just came across this via Pinterest … what a great lunch … full of protein and super healthy asparagus!
    I totally hear you on the luke warm food thing … definitely #foodbloggerproblems!

    - Helen @ Scrummy Lane

  4. I made this last night and it was really good! I will definitely be making this again. I was worried it might be too sweet, but it definitely was not. The garlic at the end is a nice touch. I didn’t have scallions so I just sprinkled some chopped chives on top at the end.

    - Katie

  5. It’s crazy. I was looking up recipes on Pinterest; I typed in “chicken recipes” and this is the second thing that popped up. I was planning on cooking chicken with asparagus, and this just happened to be at the top of the page. I never would have thought to put it in a stir fry !

    - Kristen

  6. Made this tonight. Instead of honey using coconut agave (syrup) & adding in some brocolli & pepper. Also quinoa instead of rice. So yum!!

    - jules

  7. Love your blog, great job with the pic, and the recipe sounds amazing! Also like the anecdotes, I too am very bad with due dates.

    - Zest to impress

  8. Made this last night and wow, what a hit! Omitted a few things I didn’t have to hand at home but thanks so much for sharing such a simple, tasty dish.

    - Denise

  9. I just wanted you to know that I included your recipe in a collection of asparagus recipes that is on Simple Living and Eating today. I will be pinning and tweeting it this week too.

    - Diane Balch

  10. Can you do this in a crockpot?

    - Gina

    • Hi Gina,

      I actually wouldn’t really recommend this one in the crockpot, unless you add the asparagus at the very end. Otherwise, I’m afraid it would get too soggy.


      - Ali

  11. My 23 year old son LOVED this dish, he had 3 huge helpings, which is VERY unlike him. I doubled the recipe since I had more people to feed and so glad I did. We had NO leftovers. I served it over rice and it was YUMMY and it was easy to make. I will definitely make this again SOON!

    - Angie Wingo

  12. Hi Ali,

    Thanks for sharing your recipe. I cannot wait to try this for dinner.

    - Conchita Vargas-Byrd

  13. I added carrots and kale and the whole family loved it. (Kids are ages 15, 13 and 5) We served it with jasmine rice and it was a tasty meal that we will put into our rotation for sure!

    - Stephanie

  14. This made a really tastey sauce. I added a few more ingredients such as broccoli and jalapeño pepper to give it some more kick. I would also suggest adding bell peppers and/or carrots to give it a little more color. I might also add the scallions and garlic in when you first put the chicken in to give the chicken some more flavor. Overall I really enjoyed this recipe! Thank you for sharing it!

    - Jessica

  15. I made this for dinner and my family loved it!! Three boys ages 10, 8 & 2 had seconds :) thanks for sharing!

    - Jessica

  16. I made this tonight and it was fabulous! Thanks for providing such an easy delicious recipe!

    - Crystal Garrison

  17. This looks delicious but I was unable to find the nutrition information. I know there are websites where I can calculate the breakdown by punching in the various ingredients but with so many recipes freely available online I can more quickly find another delicious looking recipe. Still, this one looks like it might be worth the time and effort.

    - Satia

  18. This was SO delicious. It was sweet and slightly salty (I added salt and pepper), and delicious with the rice. My boyfriend isn’t a big asian foods fan, but he loved this!

    - Kate

  19. My family’s new favorite dish.

    - Diane

  20. This looks delicious and so easy! I need quick lunch recipes to help get me out of my sandwich and potato chip rut!

    - Sarah Scott

  21. Can I use sesame seed oil?

    - Morgan

  22. Just made- SO good! Thanks!!

    - Lia

  23. Yummy! I love a good stir-fry and wow does this look really good! I love when a meal falls into place :)

    - Nutmeg Nanny

  24. i made this last night for dinner and it was a HIT! this simple, tasty recipe will be a repeat for sure. thanks!

    - rebeca

  25. I love those impromptu meals that turn out to be amazing! This looks awesome Ali, and asparagus is popping up all over the place right now!

    - Ari @ Ari's Menu

  26. Yum! Who knew that almost-going-bad-ingredients could look so good!? This is gorgeous! :)

    - Carla @ Carlas Confections

  27. That stir-fry looks amazing, Ali!! I have a similar recipe but with firm fish fillets. So yum :)

    - Kiran @

  28. What a fabulous lunch! All of my favorite things. I am such a procrastinator, especially for things like cleaning out the fridge!

    - Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen

  29. I’m on the same merry-go-round, glad to see someone else is riding along with me. And glad you cleaned out your fridge to give us this simple beauty.

    - Heidi @foodiecrush

  30. Mmm, this looks so good, and I love that it can be made in a pinch.

    - Jennie @themessybakerblog

  31. I love the lighting on these shots!

    - Jen @ Savory Simple

  32. Wow, Ali, this stir-fry looks delicious! I kind of want some right now! :)

    - Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective

  33. Oh yes, old limpy cilantro s definitely something I’m familiar with! But at least you turned all those leftover odds and ends into something as wonderful as this!

    - Joanne

  34. I love asparagus and love that this is so quick cooking. YUM! Will be making this soon. Thanks for the lovely recipe.

    - Anne ~ Uni Homemaker

  35. Wow, Ali, these pictures are super gorgeous! And I think this stir-fry could turn me into a chicken lover.

    - ashley - baker by nature

  36. How perfect. I have all of these ingredients on hand. Asparagus is my favorite veggie. :) I’m trying to keep up with clean eating after Suja!

    - sally @ sallys baking addiction

  37. So glad you were able to turn in your taxes on time!

    And this stir-fry – yes please! I love using leftover ingredients as a quick, easy weeknight meal!

    - Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

  38. Love how easy this stir-fry is, and it looks sooo tasty!

    - Laura (Tutti Dolci)

  39. BAM! I know what’s for dinner tonight. This post couldn’t have come at a better time. Thanks for the yummy.

    - rebeca

  40. This looks delicious! And I love that it is so easy!

    - LIz Stevens

  41. I love it–Kind of like an Italian stirfry!

    - Bree {Skinny Mommy}

  42. I can so relate, but always blame it on my kids ;)
    This stir fry looks fantastic!

    - Kristen

  43. What a mouth watering stir fry! I love anything asparagus this time of year. Happy Spring!

    - Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry

  44. What a superior stir-fry! Ali this is awesome! I actually just found a terrifying sweet potato that had been in my fridge for who knows how long, so I get you on the cilantro. Eek. But at least you had everything all ready for this delicious dish!

    - Jess @ On Sugar Mountain

  45. I like it when you can create a meal on the fly with stuff that is about to go bad. I totally know where you are coming from with the cilantro going bad. It’s not a pretty site!

    - Meagan @ A Zesty Bite

  46. Gorgeous photos, Ali! I adore this flavor combo!

    - Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

  47. I love how EASY this is, Ali! It looks so delicious!

    - Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

  48. I love when recipes you make just to get by end up turning out great and worthy of publishing! Also usually that happens when I didn’t write down what I did. I really love this recipe, it reminds me of a black bean chicken dish from my favorite Chinese restaurant.

    - Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie

  49. For me, some of the best meals come together when I’m cleaning out the fridge! But I never have the discipline to write them down or take pictures of them – I’m glad YOU did with this though! Love it!

    - Marie @ Little Kitchie

  50. Ha-ha…yes I’ve made cilantro juice many times myself…icky. This is a beautiful dish, a perfect rendition of Spring in a bowl.

    - Cathy @ Noble Pig

  51. and strangely I have those same ingredients in my fridge – fortuitous!

    - Ali's Mom

  52. Mmmmmm mmmmmm!

    - Bev @ Bev Cooks

  53. I can not get over the color of the asparagus!! So pretty! I want one one huge bowl please!!! Loving the flavors!

    - Tieghan

  54. This looks good! I’m definitely trying this. Always looking for new chicken recipes.

    - Monica

  55. This is totally my kind of meal. LOVE the flavors!

    - Cassie | Bake Your Day

  56. I can see this making such a great quick dinner one night. Really love these flavours!

    - Kathryn

  57. LOL, I’m terrible with due dates too. It’s just getting worse as I get older. And I’ve definitely found a few scary things in my fridge after forgetting about them :) I actually have a ton of asparagus on hand right now, so I’m loving this idea! Looks like an awesome lunch!

    - Tracey

  58. We eat stir-fries every week but I never use honey!! Usually a bit of brown sugar but I bet the honey creates a perfect glaze. Loving this beautiful recipe!

    - Liz @ The Lemon Bowl