Chicken and Asparagus Stir-Fry

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

A quick and easy chicken and asparagus stir-fry.

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

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.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

Chicken and Asparagus Recipe
Chicken and Asparagus Recipe

Chicken and Asparagus Recipe

Chicken and Asparagus Recipe

Chicken and Asparagus Recipe

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  1. Denise — April 29, 2014 @ 3:57 am (#)

    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.

  2. Zest to impress — May 6, 2014 @ 10:08 pm (#)

    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.

  3. jules — May 21, 2014 @ 1:18 am (#)

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

  4. Kristen — June 8, 2014 @ 10:16 pm (#)

    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 !

  5. Katie — July 11, 2014 @ 10:58 am (#)

    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.

  6. Helen @ Scrummy Lane — September 5, 2014 @ 5:55 pm (#)

    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!

  7. Ignacio GV — September 7, 2014 @ 7:39 pm (#)

    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!

  8. Sharyne Miller — September 14, 2014 @ 5:37 pm (#)

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

    Thanks!

  9. Diana — January 12, 2015 @ 10:26 pm (#)

    Made this for dinner tonight! I marinaded the chicken in the soy sauce, honey, sesame oil, and garlic for a few hours before sautéing and it was delicious! I think we will double the soy sauce/honey next time for some extra sauce – it only increased the calorie content by about 10-15 cals. Thanks for the recipe!

  10. Barbara Bredel — March 30, 2015 @ 7:47 pm (#)

    I made this tonight and it was very good. Next time I will make 3-4 times as much marinade. There was none left in the bowl when I took the chicken out, and more would have been nice for the rice.  I like my stir fry saucier, though it was still very tasty.

    • Ali — March 30, 2015 @ 10:05 pm (#)

      Thanks Barbara!

  11. Crystal Sard — April 13, 2015 @ 6:14 pm (#)

    Just made this for dinner.. It was delicious! Thanks for the recipe!! :)

    • Ali — April 14, 2015 @ 12:17 pm (#)

      Thanks Crystal, I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  12. Chris Johnson — April 27, 2015 @ 11:10 pm (#)

    one of my new favorite “go-to” meals, easy to do for the most basic chefs (aka me) and amazing results. Good work! 

    • Ali — April 30, 2015 @ 2:33 pm (#)

      Thanks Chris, I appreciate that!

  13. Natalie — April 29, 2015 @ 8:52 am (#)

    I’ve just tried this after seeing it on a FB 15 minute meal post – I added purple sprouting broccoli to the recipe (because I am both a greedy moo, and pretty hungry at the time) – absolutely delicious, and made within the time to brew of spot of jasmine tea.

    Thank you! :D

    • Ali — April 29, 2015 @ 9:31 pm (#)

      Yum, I bet it was gorgeous with that purple broccoli! Sounds lovely with the jasmine tea too. Glad you enjoyed it! : )

  14. Dave G — May 4, 2015 @ 11:30 pm (#)

    Wow, so darn simple and full of flavor.  Plus clean up is as easy as can be.  Add put a little sraracha sauce on the side for s heat.  

    • Ali — May 5, 2015 @ 11:27 am (#)

      Thanks Dave!

  15. Kay @ goaloflosing.com — May 28, 2015 @ 9:50 am (#)

    OH MY GOSH. I just made this dish last night. I added onions and green peppers, too. This rocked my world. Thanks for sharing!

    • Ali — May 28, 2015 @ 11:07 pm (#)

      Thank you, Kay! So glad to hear that! : )

  16. Blake — June 3, 2015 @ 7:43 pm (#)

    This was really tasty!!! I will certainly make it again! Only thing though…how in the world did your chicken look so appetizing?! Mine was all kinds of soy sauce brown. Other than the appearance I love it lol

    • Ali — June 4, 2015 @ 7:57 am (#)

      Thank you, Blake! And haha, I’m not sure! Maybe it’s just my lighting. Glad you enjoyed it though! : )

  17. Leslie — August 3, 2015 @ 11:53 am (#)

    I made this last night and omitted/added a few ingredients! While the recipe was overall good- I had a few suggestions from those enjoying dinner with me (I thought I’d share them with you)
    * Add salt 
    * Add a bit more soy sauce
    * Add ginger

    We added raw almonds to the finished product and paired it with Siracha sauce- it was amazing

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 7, 2015 @ 11:33 am (#)

      Thanks for your tips Leslie, we always appreciate feedback! We’re glad you enjoyed the recipe!

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