This quick and easy recipe for Chicken and Asparagus Stir-Fry with Lemon is a flavour explosion. Simple ingredients cooked in one pan. No muss, no fuss.
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Today I have an absolutely delicious stir-fry recipe for you. It’s incredibly easy to make and always a hit with my family and friends. We make this constantly.
Sometimes we use asparagus only. Other times we toss in broccoli and cauliflower. On some occasions we toss in a ton of veggies and just go crazy. It’s always scrumptious.
Every so often we use beef instead of chicken. My daughter prefers beef while we prefer chicken. So we like to mix it up regularly so everyone is happy at dinner time.
What I love about this one is it’s fairly healthy. Not only is it healthy but it’s super quick and easy to make. This is perfect for those days when you’re insanely busy.
My life has been hectic lately. I’ve sick on and off since the new year started. Plus my work life has been incredibly hectic. I’ve learned I really need to take better care of myself.
Let’s be honest, most Moms put themselves last and that’s really a shame. We need to be in peak performance mode yet we never have enough time to care for ourselves.
I was sick for about 6 weeks straight with the flu in January and February. I referred to it as the plague. I was tired, sore, and just generally felt horrible. I was a hot mess.
That prompted me to finally take control of my health so I had a chat with the pharmacist at Loblaws. I also had a chat with one of the Loblaws Dietitians to get some diet advice.
Loblaws has pharmacies and dietitians at select stores in British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec. They are there to help and guide you with your health and diet journey.
We’ve been trying to eat a bit healthier and work out more consistently. I’m always so busy but I’ve learned that I just have to take time out of my day to take care of myself.
Honestly, we’re huge stir-fry fanatics in our household. We eat them at least once a week, usually more. There are so many different ways to make a great stir-fry.
What I love about stir-fry is it reheats beautifully. I always make more than I need so we have enough for lunch the following day. It’s makes a perfect healthy lunch.
On weekends I make giant batches of it so I can freeze a bunch of individual containers of it for lunches for the next couple of weeks. Stir-fry freezes really well.
I hope you get a chance to make this amazing recipe. The final splash of lemon juice just takes it to a whole other level. You will flip your lid when you taste this one.
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- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 bunches of asparagus ends snapped off, chopped into inch long pieces
- 4 cloves garlic smashed or minced
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons Grapeseed oil
- 5 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1 inch cubes or thin strips
- 1/2 cup Tamari sauce
- 1/4 cup liquid chicken broth veggie broth is a great substitute
- Make a Cornstarch Slurry:
- 1 1/2 teaspoons corn starch
- 1/4 cup COLD water
- Garnish and extra jazz:
- 1 lemon juice and zest
- Serve over:
- Prepared rice if desired.
If making rice to serve with it, prepare that ahead of time. I made Basmati rice to serve with mine.
In a wok or large skillet, heat olive oil until it glistens. Add asparagus and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes, depending on thickness. I cooked mine for about 5 minutes because I like it quite soft.
Add garlic, salt, and pepper, cook for 1 minute more. Do not overcook garlic, it burns very easily. You want it to become fragrant without burning.
Transfer asparagus and garlic mixture to a bowl and set aside.
Add 2 tablespoons of Grapeseed oil to wok or large skillet and heat over medium-high heat until oil glistens. Toss in the chicken. Cook until chicken is browned and juices run clear. The wok or large skillet is fairly hot so the chicken should cook in 3 to 5 minutes. Stir as it cooks so all sides of the chicken are browned perfectly. Transfer the chicken to a bowl. I added mine to the bowl with the asparagus. Less dishes to wash later.
Place wok or large skillet back on the stovetop and add 1/2 cup Tamari sauce and 1/4 cup chicken (or veggie) broth. Cook over medium heat until it boils.
While you are waiting for sauce to boil, make a Cornstarch Slurry. Grab a small jar, add 1 & 1/2 teaspoons corn starch and 1/4 cup COLD water. Pop a lid on the jar and shake until it's mixed well. This is your corn starch slurry. Using this will thicken your sauce without the cornstarch turning into globs<- super technical cooking term!
By now the Tamari sauce and chicken broth should be boiling, turn down the heat to low and add the cornstarch slurry. Stir gently until the sauce thickens.
Add the chicken and asparagus back to the pan and stir until chicken and asparagus are evenly coated with sauce.
Take off heat, add lemon juice (to taste) and lemon zest (if desired). Stir until well combined.
You can serve this over rice, noodles, or on its own. Do your own thing.
Serve with a big old stir-fry loving smile.
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