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Stir Fry Recipes--Chicken and Spinach

Updated on January 31, 2015

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Enjoy this healthy and delicious meal. | Source

The Chicken is Cooking

Chicken thighs
Chicken thighs | Source

Chicken Stir Fry

We eat a lot of chicken at our house, and I am always in search of new ways to prepare chicken whether using whole chicken, breasts, thighs or legs. I always have a supply of different parts of chicken in the freezer for dinner, so I always have something to cook. Also in abundance in my fridge is a lot of produce with a variety of veggies to cook with the chicken.including spinach.

I defrosted some chicken thighs and checked the fridge for what veggies were there. I had planned to make some kind of chicken stir fry. I usually use chicken breast strips but I substituted the thighs for this particular dish. I improvised with what I had and thought I would try a few new things. After all it was Oscar night and we wanted something spicy to eat as we watched the awards. The thing about cooking any recipe is that you can add and omit whatever you want. You never know what you will come up with. This chicken recipe came out really good--if I have to say so myself. My husband asked me if I wrote the recipe down for a future encore. He knows I usually just wing it and don't pay attention to the amounts of any spices I add to the food.

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 20 min
Yields: Four chicken thighs serves 3 or 4 people

Some of the Ingredients for Chicken Stir Fry

The  sesame oil is heating
The sesame oil is heating | Source
Add the spices to the oil and stir.
Add the spices to the oil and stir. | Source
The onions are browning
The onions are browning | Source
Add the chicken thighs
Add the chicken thighs | Source
Bright color peppers
Bright color peppers | Source
Fresh asparagus
Fresh asparagus | Source
Chop the spinach
Chop the spinach | Source
Add some lemon juice
Add some lemon juice | Source
Last step add the spinach
Last step add the spinach | Source

Ingredients for Chicken Stir Fry

  • 4 Chicken thighs
  • 1 Large onion, Sliced thin
  • 1 Cup Celery, Chopped
  • 1 Red pepper, Chopped
  • 1 Yellow pepper, Chopped
  • 3 Cups Spinach, Chopped
  • 3 Garlic cloves, Chopped
  • 1/4 Cup candy ginger, Chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Turmeric
  • 1 Tablespoon Black pepper
  • Sesame Oil
  • 1 Cup Unsalted pumpkin seeds
  • 1 Lemon
  • 2 Cups Asparagus, Cut in small pieces
  • Paprika
  • Cayenne Pepper, Optional

Instructions for Chicken and Spinach Stir Fry

  1. Add sesame oil (enough to cover the bottom of a large frying pan). Non stick pans will need less oil.
  2. Add all the seasonings to the oil and stir until dissolved.
  3. When the oil is hot add garlic and onions and brown.
  4. Add the chicken thighs and brown in each side.
  5. Cook the chicken thighs for about 30 minutes until almost done. Check inside for pinkness.
  6. Remove the chicken thighs to a plate and keep warm in the oven. Sprinkle with paprika.
  7. Add the remainder of the veggies, except the spinach, to the oil. You may need to add a little more oil. Squeeze the juice of a lemon in the mixture.
  8. Cook the veggies for about 5 minutes. They should be very crisp but cooked. Add the chopped ginger.
  9. Add the chicken thighs back to the veggie mixture and cook for about 10 minutes on a low flame.
  10. Add the spinach to the mixture and stir it around the chicken and cook for 5 minutes and remove from the stove.

Chicken Stir Fry

5 stars from 6 ratings of Chicken Stir Fry with Spinach

Ideas for Chicken Stir Fry

  • Try using a different oil-such as grape seed, olive or avocado.
  • Vary your spices and seasonings and add oregano, basil, thyme, tarragon and cumin.
  • Add different vegetables such as: zucchini, cabbage, green onions, cilantro, kale, green beans and butternut squash.
  • Serve with rice, quinoa, potatoes, couscous or pasta.

Health Benefits of Chicken Stir Fry

Along with a good dose of low fat protein the veggies are rich in vitamins and minerals.

You will get heavy doses of vitamin A and vitamin C. Lots of potassium and magnesium to mention a few. And the vegetables cook quickly so you retain quite a bit of the valuable vitamins.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I can't tell you how I really feel about spinach. It would appear that I am not supporting you and you know I want to support you always. Let me just say that I love stir fry chicken. :)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This sounds like a stir fry dish I would really like. Will try your recipe soon.

      Sharing, voting and pinning.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Nothing beats stir fry, and to me nothing beats chicken sooo this is a win, win recipe for me! You've included such great photos too Carol. Definitely a keeper.

      Voted up, useful, interesting and shared.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      BillyBuc: It is okay..leave the spinach out...I know you do not have a love affair with veggies.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you Just Ask Susan: I always appreciate your support and votes, shares and pins..Wow..Thanks!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Tillsontitan: Thank you so much as always for support. THis was really good. You know every once in a while you make something that is just way too good.

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      Gypsy48 4 years ago

      Looks mouth watering! I love a good chicken stir fry. Voted up, useful and shared.

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      Dilip Chandra 4 years ago from India

      Excellent recipe, quite good to look. I believe it tastes awesome as well. Thanks for sharing.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      It looks delicious Carol! Thank you for sharing this new recipe! Another one I have to try!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you GYpsy48...I appreciate votes and share. Hope you enjoy the stir fry.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      dilipchandra12: Thanks for stopping by and compliments. Always appreciated.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Hey Kidscraft: Thank you for stopping by my friend. Always enjoy seeing you.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      I love spinach, and this recipes looks amazingly delicious! I am glad I just had lunch. Thanks for sharing. Great photos too to add to the hunger pangs.

      Voted up +++ and sharing (have to come back to share, as the the buttons are not showing up on my end)

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you Faith Reaper: Glad you liked the recipe. I have to admit I kind of make them up as I go along. I like having my recipe file here on hub in case I forget something. Hope you will enjoy...

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Oh, Carol, yes, this works!! You have two of my most favorite veggies in this...asparagus and spinach. I am bookmarking this to add to my recipe files. And am pinning. Great recipe.

      Thanks for sharing

      Sending Angels your way :) ps

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you pstraubie.48...I always experiment with new veggies and spices. I had some fresh asparagus and it did add a nice texture and flavor. Thanks for pinning.

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Hi, carol. Just looking at the pictures makes me hungry. I love the recipe. It sound delicious and healthy as well. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!

      Prasetio

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      I love chicken, asparagus and spinach cooked as stand alone dish. However, I never knew you could mix green vegetables with chicken to create a new dish.

      I will have to try this to see if I will like the taste.

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      Farhat 4 years ago from Delhi

      yummy recipe, spinach & asparagus with chicken... i had never used them earlier... carol, you gave me another chance to make my children happy & reward me the super mom!...Thankyou dear !!

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      I love both spinach and chicken with curry flavours so this would suit my palate. Also, the asparagus is a bit of decadence in this meal - lovely recipe!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      prasetio: Thank you so much for lovely compliments. I hope you like it.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Vinaya Ghimire: Most vegetables mix well with chicken and add a good taste. It is the seasonings that offer a different taste also. Thank you

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you Shara63,,,Hope you like this recipe...And thanks for stopping by for a visit..Always enjoy seeing you.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Jools99..thank you for lovely compliment and I do hope you enjoy thisrecipe.

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      I love spinach and this combination I am sure tasted great. I have prepared chicken gravy with spinach and love it. Going to give this a try. Thank you for sharing. Voted up, sharing and pinning!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      livingsta: Thanks so much for stopping by. To me all veggies are good and mix well. I am always trying new things especially with what I have in the fridge. Thanks for vote, sharing and pinning...

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      You make me feel hungry in the middle of the night, Carol. I give it a try as I love stir fry with chicken and vegetables. Voted up and shared;-)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you Thelma Alberts for visiting . I always appreciate votes and sharing. Thanks for being a supportive hubber.

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      Looks healthy and thanks for sharing your recipe Carol. :-)

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful recipe carol and I can't wait to try out.

      Enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      ignugent17 thank you for stopping in for a visit.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you Eddy: I always enjoy having a visit from you and lovely words.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      I do like the chicken stir fry part of your recipe, carol - the spinach part, not so much. Not your fault, m'dear. I'm just not a fan of spinach.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Those veggies are definitely winners with chicken, Carol. I love the idea.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Carol..i eat tons of chicken- it's a food group unto itself in my house..lol..

      THIS is a recipe i can actually see myself making -and loving!

      i'm actually copying it!

      Awesome!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      drbi: You can easily leave out the spinach and it is still good. Stir fry is so versatile..add whatever you wish. thanks for dropping in.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      aviannovice Thanks for the lovely works and dropping in for a little stir fry.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      ImKarn23....Thanks so much and I will be copied in your house..Maybe some of your great writing skills will rub off.. I have to say that it really is a good dish...I love making up new things and trying new spices etc. We also eat tons of chicken...I have been clucking a lot lately..Thank you for stopping.

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      I am a g huge stir fry fan. Just curious why the use of candied ginger as opposed to fresh ginger?

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Actually the ginger is what I had in the house. It is not covered with sugar and pretty plain. It add an interesting touch to the dish..I often use stuff I have around the house..Thanks for coming by.

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      Thanks, I think I will try it in place of fresh ginger.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Carol, this chicken stir fry looks delicious. Thanks for sharing. Gave 5 stars and voted up and interesting. Shared as well.

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      I will love to try it for my family ...thanks for sharing this healthy dish here. Shared and voted up.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      rajan jolly: thank you so much and I know you appreciate healthful ingredients..and this did come out pretty tasty. thanks for shares, stars and votes.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      rajan jolly: thank you so much and I know you appreciate healthful ingredients..and this did come out pretty tasty. thanks for shares, stars and votes.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I love stir-fry dishes. It's one of the most convenient and versatile meals. Thanks for sharing this recipe with us. I look forward to trying it.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Sounds good, looks good, and chock full of the healthiest ingredients!

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      vibesites 4 years ago from United States

      Up, useful and shared. Thanks for this dish! I eat healthily, and so will add this to my lunch plan. :)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Kathryn: Thank you for dropping in and lovely comments.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      rebeccamealey: Thank you for stopping in for some stir fry..Hope you like it.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      vibesites: Thanks for votes and sharing. It is nice to see you today.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I love chicken thighs in a dish for the moistness they add to it. The candied ginger and pumpkin seeds are a surprise and sound so delicious! I'm glad you wrote your recipe down for posterity's sake. : ) Voted up!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      You are so much fun Vespawoolf: Thank you for lovely compliments and vote of course. And as always for your wonderful support.

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      Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

      This is great..I like you always have chicken in the freezer and am always looking a new ways to cook it...Having this for dinner tonight..thank you for the great idea..voting up

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Carol,

      It seems that we cook alike...seldom using a recipe and utilizing what is on hand with the exception of baking. Some of the meals are great but seldom repeated just because of not having the same ingredients or not writing it down. Your chicken stir fry meal sounds good. I would never have thought to use candied ginger in it. Am a big fan of using ginger root or powdered ginger. Just made a large kettle of soup this morning using lots of veggies on hand and a ham soup bone. Voted up.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      PeggyW: I hate repetition ...so trying new tastes and flavors makes cooking far more interesting. Some people use the same ingredients all the time..Just my choice and I see yours. The soup sounds delicious...Thanks for vote

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      faythef: Thanks for stopping in for chicken..It is so versatile so having it in the freezer is great for last minute dinner ideas. Thank you so much.

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 4 years ago from Maine

      This is a great recipe and so healthy too, I'm sure my family will love it!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      creativelycc thanks so much for dropping in. Hope you enjoy this. I cannot wait to make it again.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      More asparagus! Yum. Too bad I am the only one in the house that eats spinach. May have to make myself a special treat some time!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Not everyone loves spinach as I do..GLimmer twin Fan..however it is very nutritious as we know..and it cannot be disguised.

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      Elias Zanetti 4 years ago from Athens, Greece

      what a great recipe! I love spinach! thank you for sharing! voted up and useful!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thank you Elias: Appreciate the visit and of course the votes.

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      toknowinfo 4 years ago

      This sounds delicious and I can't wait to try it. Thanks so much for sharing your great ideas.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Chicken is one of my favorite meals and a stir fry is also an excellent idea. Looks a lovely meal.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I love spinach, and stirfry, and I like using chicken thighs instead of breasts in recipes, so this is a perfect recipe! many votes!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you Victoria Lynn: Thanks for stopping by and voting. This was really good if I have to say so myself.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      This will go well with a hearty amount of rice. Pinning and keeping for reference! Thanks Carol!

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 4 years ago from Maine

      This looks and sounds delicious. I bet it tastes great with the candied ginger. I never thought to use that in my food. I use fresh ginger a lot. Great hub!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Midget38 Yes a lot of rice to soak up the flavors. thanks for visit and pin.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Creativelycc: I just tried the ginger on a lark...and it was very good Thanks for the visit.

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      passionate77 4 years ago

      wow nice carol, i wil try to taste this combination now as it is great nutritious combo chiken with spinach, spinach is full of iron and chikn is big source of protien, i like both but never cooked them in a combination, thanks for sharing the idea lovely lady.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      passionate77...It is a really good combo, but I am always mixing different veggies together. Thanks for your lovely compliments..Always appreciated a lot.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      The pumpkin seeds are an expected touch. I like the added spinach. I enjoy food hubs. They make me hungry.

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