Lemongrass Chicken & Asparagus

Lemongrass Chicken & Asparagus

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Lemongrass is available in many markets, but if you cannot find it, substitute 1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice and 2 tsp. grated lemon zest. Add the juice and zest to the pan along with the ginger and garlic.


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, about 1 1/2 lb. total, cut into
      thin strips
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 Tbs. peanut or canola oil
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 2 Tbs. minced fresh ginger
  • 1 lemongrass stalk, bulb part only, trimmed and finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 lb. slender asparagus, trimmed and sliced on the diagonal
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 2 Tbs. Asian fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts
  • Steamed white rice for serving


Stir-fry the chicken
Season the chicken lightly with salt and pepper. In a wok or fry pan over high heat, warm the oil. Add the chicken and stir-fry until golden on the outside and opaque throughout, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

Add the green onions to the pan and stir-fry until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the ginger, lemongrass and garlic and stir-fry for 30 seconds. Add the asparagus and stir-fry just until tender-crisp, 2 to 3 minutes.

Finish the dish
Add the broth and fish sauce to the pan and bring to a simmer. Return the chicken and any juices from the plate to the pan, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until heated through, about 1 minute. Sprinkle with the peanuts.

Spoon the rice onto individual plates, top with the chicken and asparagus and serve immediately. Serves 4.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Food Made Fast Series, Weeknight, by Melanie Barnard (Oxmoor House, 2006).
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