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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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Chicken and Asparagus Stir-Fry with Lemon

This Chicken and Asparagus Stir-Fry with Lemon is a flavour explosion. It uses simple ingredients for a no muss, no fuss lunch or dinner.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Asian Cuisine
Keyword: chicken recipe, chicken stir fry, stir fry recipe
Servings: 4
Calories: 363kcal
Author: Kim Beaulieu



  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 bunches asparagus ends snapped off, chopped into inch long pieces
  • 4 cloves garlic smashed or minced
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Grapeseed oil
  • 5 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1 inch cubes or thin strips
  • ½ cup Tamari sauce
  • ¼ cup liquid chicken broth veggie broth is a great substitute

Cornstarch slurry:

  • 1 ½ teaspoons corn starch
  • ¼ cup COLD water


  • 1 lemon juice and zest

Serve with:

  • prepared basmati or jasmine 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 ½ cup Tamari sauce and ¼ 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 & ½ teaspoons corn starch and ¼ 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.


Nutritional information is a rough estimate and does not include rice. Please use your own nutritional calculator if making changes or substitutions. 
This recipe can feed 4 to 6 people if serving with rice or noodles. You can adjust the servings in the recipe card by hovering over the serving size number then sliding the bar to your desired number. 


Calories: 363kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 1854mg | Potassium: 1091mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1750IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 6mg