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Asparagus and chicken stir-fry



Source: Adapted and modified from Special Quick & Delicious Vegetable Cookbook (by Chef Alan Kok and Bryan Ong)

Serve: 2-3

90g chicken breast (diced) (Note 1)
130g asparagus (peeled and diced) (Note 2)
30g red capsicum (diced) (Note 3)
1 red onion (peeled and diced)

Group A:
1 tbsp oyster sauce
½ tbsp light soy sauce
¼ tsp salt (optional)
½ tsp sugar
Dash of sesame oil and pepper

Group B:
1 tsp corn flour solution (for thickening)
2 tbsp water
2 tbsp oil


  1. Marinate chicken breast with some light soy sauce, sugar and corn flour. Refrigerate for at least ½ hour.
  2. Heat up wok with 1 tbsp oil. Add in chicken cubes and stir-fry quickly until it is cooked. Dish up and set aside (Note 4).
  3. Heat up wok again with another1 tbsp oil, sauté onion until translucent and fragrant.
  4. Add in asparagus, capsicum, seasonings (group A) and water. Stir-fry under high heat until it is tender crisp (Note 5).
  5. Add in chicken and mix well.
  6. Thicken with corn flour solution and mix well. Dish up and serve.


  1. You can substitute the chicken breast with the more tender de-boned chicken thighs. However, I personally prefer the former because it has lesser fat. Alternatively, you can also use prawns.
  2. Use a vegetable peeler to remove the outer layer for each stem about 1/3 of its length towards the end. Trim off the end for each stem about 1-2cm as this part is usually tough.
  3. If you like to add some spiciness to this dish, you can replace capsicum with 1 red chili (removed seed and diced).
  4. Cooking chicken separately so that it will not be over-cooked during the stir-frying process.
  5. You need to adjust the cooking time based on the size and diameter of the asparagus used. If you prefer your asparagus to be slightly soft, you can either blanch it over boiling water before cooking or simmer it with lid cover for 10 seconds in step (4).


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  1. mycookinghut says:

    Asparagus is always my fav veg. I like stir-fry them. And from time to time, I like to just put one small cube of butter in the skillet and grill them. 🙂

  2. homeladychef says:

    One of the comfort food from mummy! This will always reminds me how nice to have a mummy around to cook for me. 🙂

  3. Amy says:

    Yes, LK! Me, too. I love, love, love asparagus. On their own or in dishes. I am always surprised at how many people don’t like it and think it’s bitter. In the summer time, I like to put a little olive oil and balsamic over some stalks, and then throw them on the grill. Delicious.

  4. I heard it’s good for cancer patient.
    BTW, this dish looks really colourful. 🙂

  5. anncoo says:

    This is definitely a healthy dish. I used to cook with mushroom but will try to cook this.
    Thank you for sharing.

  6. Selba says:

    Although I eat asparagus very seldom coz’ it’s not really easy to find it but I really like it.

    Good to know the fun fact of asparagus 🙂

  7. Alice says:

    Wow! Nice bunch of fresh & green asparagus! I love the taste of asparagus too especially stir fry with mix vegetables and meat. Nice combination!

  8. Little Inbox says:

    I just bought some asparagus. I can try out this recipe. 🙂

  9. ck lam says:

    Never seen the small bite size asparagus…indeed a creative idea.

  10. Ching says:

    Yum, I love this stir-fry too. It’s very yum in omelet too!

  11. tigerfish says:

    I can find big fat ones here (did you say the larger the diameter, the better?) ;p

  12. Yummy, yummy!!!! I am hungry…..

  13. Hi LK — Lovely photo and delicious recipe 🙂 i come to yr blog to get inspired….

  14. gattina says:

    E, agree! asparagus works beautiful with our chinese cooking! Your photography is gorgeous!

  15. I love stir-fried asparagus too!! healthy and taste good…huh? I preferred the green one not white asparagus!! said the white one didn’t expose to sunlight ..

    • food-4tots says:

      My Asian Kitchen: Definitely healthy and tasty too! The best thing is that stir-fry method is also easy for me! Never try the white one before. Hope I will have a chance to try out all the varieties. 😉

  16. Criz Lai says:

    Wow… a simple recipe to feed just any ages. Cool recipe LK.

    I also want to share with your readers the wonderful facts about asparagus. They contain glutathione, which is considered one of the body’s most potent anticarcinogens and antioxidants. In some proven cases, blended boiled asparagus has been used in the Asparagus Diet Therapy for cancer treatment and it had shown positive results.

    So everybody should listen to Mummy’s advice to eat the vegetables on the plate. 😛

  17. BEAUTIFUL! I love how you did this dish … the colours, the presentation, oh, it’s mouthwatering. Best of all, nutritious too! 🙂

  18. Beautiful colors and nice varied textures in this stir fry! Looks delicious.

  19. Simply Life says:

    Oh this looks delicious!

  20. wow what a great site, love it, have a great day


  21. Karine says:

    Asparagus is so good! And I love your stir-fry. It looks delicious 🙂

  22. Dora says:

    So colourful! Must be very yummy too! 😀

  23. TracieMoo says:

    I love asparagus! I’ve never stir fried them.. I usually just steam them cause I’m quite lazy.. I shall try this soon! thanks for sharing =)

  24. noobcook says:

    Love asparagus but I’m lazy to “shave” the woody parts so seldom cook it. Your version looks absoultely delish! I like the close ups shots =)

  25. Bryan V. says:

    Love asparagus as well!

  26. Myf says:

    What can I say? asparagus amazes me… I love it so much though don’t really eat them often, hard to find those big, crunchy ones nearby my area… but i am going to make chicken and asparagus soon… 🙂

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