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.


  • 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 the cooked asparagus and sesame oil until combined. 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

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  1. 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!

  2. 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 30th, 2015 @ 10:05 pm

      Thanks Barbara!

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

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

    • Ali — April 14th, 2015 @ 12:17 pm

      Thanks Crystal, I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  4. 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 30th, 2015 @ 2:33 pm

      Thanks Chris, I appreciate that!

  5. 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 29th, 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! : )

  6. 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 5th, 2015 @ 11:27 am

      Thanks Dave!

  7. Kay @ — 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 28th, 2015 @ 11:07 pm

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

  8. 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 4th, 2015 @ 7:57 am

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

  9. 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 7th, 2015 @ 11:33 am

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

  10. Nadu — September 6, 2015 @ 3:58 am (#)

    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.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 8th, 2015 @ 10:03 am

      Thanks for sharing Nadu, we’re happy this worked out well for you!

  11. Hi — April 26, 2016 @ 5:47 pm (#)

    Why can’t we see any of the comments when we click on your comment button ?! Haha

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 27th, 2016 @ 7:34 pm

      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! :)

  12. Andrea — June 28, 2016 @ 7:04 pm (#)

    I made this tonight, it was very good.  Thanks for the easy, healthy recipe!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 5th, 2016 @ 9:15 pm

      You’re so welcome Andrea — we’re happy you enjoyed it! :)

  13. Shelby Lipschuetz — July 13, 2016 @ 8:13 pm (#)

    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!

    • Ali — October 12th, 2016 @ 5:37 pm

      Whoops — so sorry about that! Major typo. Yes, you just add it back in at the very end with the sesame oil. My apologies!

  14. Megan — August 8, 2016 @ 10:12 pm (#)

    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.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 10th, 2016 @ 12:06 pm

      Thanks Megan — we’re glad he enjoyed it!

  15. Brooke — November 3, 2016 @ 5:38 pm (#)

    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!!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 8th, 2016 @ 1:24 pm

      We’re so glad to hear that, Brooke — thanks for letting us know! :)

  16. Lauren — January 5, 2017 @ 12:57 am (#)

    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!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 12th, 2017 @ 12:05 pm

      Thanks for sharing, Lauren — we’re so glad you enjoyed it!

  17. Veronica — January 18, 2017 @ 4:15 pm (#)

    Would this freeze well? 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 18th, 2017 @ 10:11 pm

      Hi Veronica! We think so, the only thing we’d be concerned about is how well the asparagus would hold up after being frozen.

  18. Adele — February 27, 2017 @ 11:27 am (#)

    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!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 28th, 2017 @ 9:30 am

      We’re so happy you loved it, Adele! :)

  19. Kelly — March 14, 2017 @ 1:22 pm (#)

    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.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 14th, 2017 @ 5:46 pm

      We’re so glad to hear that, Kelly!


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