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Chicken with Asparagus Stir-Fry
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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
* Cornstarch or all-purpose flour
* Oyster sauce (optional)
* Cooking oil
* Cooking wine
Thoroughly wash asparagus, cut to 2 – 3 in. length;
Peel and thinly slice onion;
Peel garlic, smash or dice.
Thoroughly clean chicken, slice across grain to desired bite size.
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.
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.
Boil 3 quarts of water in wok or pot, add asparagus, and continue on high heat for 1 minute and drain.
Heat wok or large pan, add garlic and 2 tbsp. cooking oil, and stir with spatula until garlic turns golden.
Add chicken in wok, spread evenly and form a thin layer;
Flip chicken in 2 minutes; continue for additional 1 minute.
Add asparagus, stir and cover for 1 minute;
Uncover and stir again, then cover for additional 1 minute.
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.
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.