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!
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 the cooked asparagus and sesame oil until combined. Serve immediately with rice, garnished with toasted sesame seeds if desired.
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.
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.
Made this tonight. Instead of honey using coconut agave (syrup) & adding in some brocolli & pepper. Also quinoa instead of rice. So yum!!
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 !
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.
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!
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!
Made this with sugar snap peas and it was AWESOME. Whole family enjoyed and I felt like super mom.
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!
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.
Just made this for dinner.. It was delicious! Thanks for the recipe!! :)
Thanks Crystal, I’m glad you enjoyed it!
one of my new favorite “go-to” meals, easy to do for the most basic chefs (aka me) and amazing results. Good work!
Thanks Chris, I appreciate that!
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
Yum, I bet it was gorgeous with that purple broccoli! Sounds lovely with the jasmine tea too. Glad you enjoyed it! : )
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.
OH MY GOSH. I just made this dish last night. I added onions and green peppers, too. This rocked my world. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you, Kay! So glad to hear that! : )
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
Thank you, Blake! And haha, I’m not sure! Maybe it’s just my lighting. Glad you enjoyed it though! : )
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
Thanks for your tips Leslie, we always appreciate feedback! We’re glad you enjoyed the recipe!
I am a student. And I love making good food that takes minimum effort and time. I made this for lunch, while I cleaned the apartment, and did my laundry. It turned out really nice. I added a little bit of dried rosemary and ground pepper before marinating. Thank you for the lovely recipe.
Thanks for sharing Nadu, we’re happy this worked out well for you!
Why can’t we see any of the comments when we click on your comment button ?! Haha
Hey there! We’re not sure what’s going on, but we’re working on trying to get it fixed — thanks for bringing this to our attention! :)
I made this tonight, it was very good. Thanks for the easy, healthy recipe!
You’re so welcome Andrea — we’re happy you enjoyed it! :)
Made this tonight! It was delicious and super easy, however the recipe asks you to set aside the asparagus after cooking it and doesn’t ever tell you to do anything else with it. I think I added it back too soon because it became very soggy. It didn’t really ruin anything except I love the slight crunch that comes with stir fry. Just a heads up!
Would have paired well with water chestnuts for additional crunch or cashews for additional nutrients,
Thanks for the recipe!
Whoops — so sorry about that! Major typo. Yes, you just add it back in at the very end with the sesame oil. My apologies!
Very good and very simple to make. One of our favorite fast food places is Panda Express. My husband says this is better than eating at Panda Express.
Thanks Megan — we’re glad he enjoyed it!
This recipe has become a staple at our house! I make it almost weekly. The kids and my husband LOVE it, as do I. High five on this one!!
We’re so glad to hear that, Brooke — thanks for letting us know! :)
Just made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious, fast, and easy to make. Added eggplant too but everything else was the same. Thank you!
Thanks for sharing, Lauren — we’re so glad you enjoyed it!
Would this freeze well?
Hi Veronica! We think so, the only thing we’d be concerned about is how well the asparagus would hold up after being frozen.
Made this for dinner and made extra sauce. FABULOUS!! I added some shrimp too for a bit of added flavor and it was divine! Thank you for this recipe!
We’re so happy you loved it, Adele! :)
Turned out beautifully, used onions and asparagus, doubled the amount of sauce three in a few red pepper flakes, served with siriacha and wild rice.
We’re so glad to hear that, Kelly!
Excellent. Simple and yummy. My family loved it too.
Thanks, Connie, we’re so glad to hear it!
Do you have the nutritional info for your recipes? I’m specifically looking for the carb and fiber counts.
Hi Joyce! We’re sorry but we are unsure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!
I made this and added a touch of rice wine vinegar and some feta on top- it was better than i expected and could rival almost anything ive eaten within the last year. Your blog is amazing.
Thanks for sharing, Rachel, we’re so glad you enjoyed the recipe and that you love the blog! :)
I made this with black rice and my boyfriend and I both loved it! Thanks for the recipe!
We’re so glad to hear that, thanks for giving it a try! :)
Made this tonight with leftover chicken! was delicious! So simple…so good. Thank you. Used less oil than called for…subbed water but did use some oil.
Yea, this was pretty bomb, not going to lie. I would cook this 100 more times
Prepared this stir fry again last night. It was even better than the first time. Very good recipe especially in the spring with all the beautiful asparagus on the market. Didn’t have time to marinade the chicken but the soy sauce/honey coating really makes the chicken. It add a glaze to the chicken. Yum!
This is an excellent, tasty recipe that blends all the ingredients with amazing subtlety. For anyone who cares, the approx. calories are 430 TOTAL with the toasted sesame seeds…..430 divided by 2 to 4 servings is sooooo low before you even decide upon putting over rice or DOUBLING the sauce. If you decide to increase the sauce it will add an additional 69 calories (again divided by each serving!) for each Tbsp of honey and soy added. The average calories for 1/2 cup (normal serving) of the various rices is about 100 calories.
Even with the recipe divided into 2 servings with rice and doubling the sauce, the dish comes under 350 calories per serving with amazing nutritional value as a bonus to the great taste and ease of preparation.
Great dish Ali….love great food especially when the prep is this easy!!! Thank you for sharing!
Oops for got to rate it….definite 5 stars for all the mentioned reasons!
Very good. Easy to make with few ingredients and little time. I will make it again.
It was amazing!! Thank you!!
Delicious! A little bland, ut I added some Szechuan sauce, onion, and green peppers.
Thanks so much for this recipe it is delicious! I did need to add extra sauce and I substituted the rice with cauliflower rice and it was so good.
Love this recipe and I’ve made it several times. I have always been confused about the reserved marinade. This time I made a second batch of marinade (50/50 honey and soy sauce) to use later. It is unclear whether the recipe calls for using the marinade the chicken has been sitting in (something I don’t do) or reserve some marinade before adding the chicken.
We love this dish!
I have made this twice for my family in less than a week! So flavorful!