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Chicken with Asparagus Stir-Fry

Updated on March 9, 2011

Chicken with Asparagus

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A Quick, Easy and Healthful Recipe

Asparagus is a highly prized vegetable that is said to possess health benefits ranging from keeping your blood pressure low to preventing cancer. I just like its taste. And it happens to be easy to prepare, too. As for chicken white meat, do I need to tell you more?

"Simple" is the key to this dish; and "Healthy" is its benefit. Of course, "Delicious" is what brings people to the table.

You can get the ingredients pretty much at any supermarkets. The preparation time varies, but you can typically get it done in as little as half an hour.

I always believe in flexibility in home-cooked meals. Nothing has to be exact, that is. So use your imagination, use alternatives wherever you see fit; and more interestingly, surprise yourself and your guests!

Now, try it and enjoy!

Things You'll Need:

* Chicken breast meat, 1 lb

* Fresh asparagus, 1 1/2 - 2 lb

* Onion, 1 medium

* Fresh garlic, 4 - 5 cloves

* Soy sauce

* Salt

* Sugar

* Cornstarch or all-purpose flour

* Oyster sauce (optional)

* Cooking oil

* Cooking wine

Instructions:

Step 1

Thoroughly wash asparagus, cut to 2 – 3 in. length;

Peel and thinly slice onion;

Peel garlic, smash or dice.

Step 2

Thoroughly clean chicken, slice across grain to desired bite size.

Step 3

In large bowl, mix sliced chicken with 1 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. sugar, 2 tbsp. soy sauce, 1 tbsp. cornstarch or all-purpose flour, 1 tsp. cooking oil, and set aside.

Step 4

In small bowl, mix 2 tsp. salt, 1 tbsp. sugar, 3 tbsp. soy sauce, 1 tbsp. corn starch or all purpose flour, 1 tsp. oyster sauce (optional), 2 tsp. cooking oil, and set aside.

Step 5

Boil 3 quarts of water in wok or pot, add asparagus, and continue on high heat for 1 minute and drain.

Step 6

Heat wok or large pan, add garlic and 2 tbsp. cooking oil, and stir with spatula until garlic turns golden.

Step 7

Add chicken in wok, spread evenly and form a thin layer;

Flip chicken in 2 minutes; continue for additional 1 minute.

Step 8

Add asparagus, stir and cover for 1 minute;

Uncover and stir again, then cover for additional 1 minute.

Step 9

Remove cover and add onion and mixture in small bowl;

Rinse small bowl with 2 tsp. of cooking wine or water and add to wok, stir until gravy thickens.

Step 10

Serve hot with rice, for four to six.

Tips & Warnings:

* Use high heat at all time;

* For novices, non-stick pan recommended;

* Boil asparagus longer for tenderness;

* Do not over-cook chicken;

* Use cooking wine for additional favoring.

* Beware of splashing hot cooking oil while browning garlic.

 

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      CoolBunch 8 years ago from New Jersey

      Dear Garlic Angel, I am so glad to hear that this recipe went well for you. You sure are innovative! And just as I said, I believe in flexibility in home cooking; nothing has to be exact.

      I like garlic, too. And I put it in most of my dishes.

      Hope to hear from you soon!

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      Christine 8 years ago from Dublin

      Hi CoolBunch just wanted to let you know i made your dish and it was so nice and tasty...

      I didn't use the asparagus or oyster sauce though as I am not a lover of either but i replaced the asparagues with french beans and a little celery(I love celery) and it went down a treat...

      I washed it down with a nice glass of red wine... :-)

      Thanks for sharing it with me and i look forward to trying some more dishes.. Oh I put a little extra garlic in it :-) I have to eat a lot of parsely as I eat so much garlic and it is not a nice smell for people who do not like garlic(They don't know what they are missing)

      Catch you again soon.... Garlic Angel :-)

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      CoolBunch 8 years ago

      Dear Garlic Angel, Thanks for your visit and comment. I am glad that we share something in common, and hope you enjoy my other recipes, too!

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      Christine 8 years ago from Dublin

      oh i have to try this one it sounds great,, thanks for sharing.. thats my kind of food.. i look forward to reading more of your hubs on this subject.. :-)

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      CoolBunch 8 years ago from New Jersey

      Please let know how it went, and give me suggestions.

      Thanks!

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      Springboard 8 years ago from Wisconsin

      Definitely going to use this as an opportunity to change a habit... :)

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      CoolBunch 8 years ago from New Jersey

      Thanks, Springboard, and nice to hear from you again!

      I love asparagus, and always use fresh one, which are more flavorable and crispy. And they are so easy to prepare, too - by the time you finish opening the can or thawing the frozen ones, I am almost done washing and cutting!

      Hope you enjoy this recipe and my others ones.

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      Springboard 8 years ago from Wisconsin

      I'm bookmarking this one. I happen to be a great fan of asparagus, so a dish capitalizing on it is definitely right up my alley.

      Incidentally, I don't often buy or use fresh asparagus, so this will be a good excuse to start using it more.

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      CoolBunch 8 years ago

      Thanks. Do try it and you won't be disappointed!

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      Passer-by 8 years ago

      This one looks good. I'll try it.

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