Chicken and Asparagus Stir Fry

12 Jun

This is a tasty light dinner, brilliant for summer and a good way to use up any left over roast chicken 🙂 this uses and really enhances the fresh flavour of asparagus and thyme creating a wonderful light meal!!

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2 Red onions
1 Bunch of asparagus
A handful of mushrooms
2 Cloves of garlic
Leftover roast chicken picked
4 Sprigs of thyme

Estimated time: 20 minutes, 40 minutes if using raw chicken


The chicken, I haven’t given an amount because it is up to the person and how many you are making this for. I only made enough for four people and didn’t actually have much chicken left. I took as much chicken as I could get from our leftover roast and chopped it into bite size pieces that are small enough to warm through quickly. Once chopped I left it to one side until needed.

If you are using raw chicken, chop it into small pieces and cook in some olives oil with some salt and pepper. Just allow the chicken to cook as you don’t want it to start to burn. Nice cooked scrape onto a plate or bowl and leave to once side.

Start by peeling and chopping the two onions, don’t worry about any fancy cuts, just a rough dice will be enough, we’re not cooking for Michelin star chefs :p once chopped scrape them into a large frying pan or wok with a small amount of olive oil, start to warm the pan.

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While the pan is heating and the onions starting too cook you can roughly chop your mushrooms, I choose to keep the, quite chunky as they cook down a lot! Add these to the onions and stir now and again.

Once the onions and mushrooms have started to cook finely chop you garlic cloves. Add this to the pan when the mushrooms are almost cooked as garlic burns very easily and doesn’t taste nice!! Stir the garlic in and leave everything gently heating.

Now the asparagus, I love asparagus it is such a summery vegetable once that sadly doesn’t last too long, but never mind it’s here!!! Take your asparagus and wash it in cold water to get rid of the grit. Prepping asparagus is really easy to do. Take one stem at a time, if you squeeze the very end you’ll feel that it is slightly harder than the rest. At this point just snap it off, on most bits of asparagus it will be about an inch at the bottom. Once all snapped and washed chop the asparagus into pieces and add to the pan.

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Allow the asparagus to cook for about 5 minutes until almost done before adding the chicken. Stir the chicken through so that it will come back up to temperature.

Finally the thyme, with your sprigs you should be able to run your finger and thumb down it removing the leaves as you don’t really want the stems in the dish. These are often quite woody and don’t cook down! Once your thyme is picked stir it into the pan and allow to cook for a few minutes.

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And there you have it, a healthy and very tasty meal using fresh herbs and also finishing leftover food!! This is definitely a meal for the whole family, it’s quick and easy to make. This goes really well with pasta or if you want you can have new potatoes 🙂 hope you enjoy it!!!!


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