Stir-Fried Chicken & Asparagus; grey heron

Since I cook with the seasons I also try to post with the seasons.

For those of you who hate asparagus, feel free to substitute your favorite vegetable.

And know that I have great sympathy for you because you don’t know what you’re missing. (Cliche, I know.)

I can say that because I come from a family of asparagus-haters. My mother loved canned asparagus but wouldn’t eat fresh asparagus and my sister wouldn’t touch either. My brothers have always just avoided vegetables, period.

I’m eating their share….

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Stir-Fried Chicken & Asparagus

Even in the summer we occasionally do a quick stir-fry indoors – esp. when the day turns cool and rainy.
Green garlic is immature garlic and looks like a green onion.

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Stir Fry
  • Method: str

Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 chicken breasts (12oz, 360gr total weight), cut into bite-size pieces
  • 24oz (700gr) green asparagus, roll cut, 1 1/2″ (4cm)
  • 4 green garlic, thinly sliced, including dark green tops
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 cup (8oz, 250ml) chicken broth
  • 1 tbs cornstarch (corn flour, maizena)
  • 2 tbs dry sherry
  • Brown Rice
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking Brown rice
  • 1 cup chicken broth

Instructions

  • Heat oil in large skillet.
  • Add green garlic, asparagus and sauté 5 minutes.
  • Remove vegetables to a plate.
  • Add chicken to skillet and sauté 5 minutes.
  • Add soy sauce, stock, cover and simmer 5 minutes.
  • Uncover, return vegetables to skillet and increase heat.
  • To finish: Dissolve cornstarch in sherry
  • Add to skillet and stir until thickened.
  • Spoon over rice and serve.
  • Brown Rice
  • Put rice and stock in a small saucepan.
  • Cover and cook over medium heat for length of time on package.
  • When done fluff with fork and serve.

Notes

Quick-Cooking brown rice looks like brown Basmati and cooks in about 16 minutes.
Substitute green onions plus 1 clove of garlic for the green garlic.
To roll-cut: cut the end off at an angle, roll 1/4 turn and slice at the same angle, roll 1/4 and slice, etc. This gives you interesting looking pieces with lots of surface. It’s normally used on round vegetables: carrots, asparagus, etc.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
  • Calories: 538
  • Sugar: 9.7 g
  • Sodium: 1252.5 mg
  • Fat: 11.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.1 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 58.2 g
  • Fiber: 9.2 g
  • Protein: 51.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 129.1 mg

Keywords: Chicken, Asparagus, Stir-Fried Chicken

Stir-Fried Asparagus & Chicken

We went for a bike ride along the canal yesterday. Our heat wave is over and it was a little cool but still pleasant. Light rain had been forecast for later in the day but we took our rain jackets just in case it was early.

We had a lovely, ride, just over 2 hours long, and were 2 minutes, let me repeat…. 2 minutes from the car when the skies opened up.

We couldn’t see it coming because of the trees along the canal. It was a downpour…. The kind of rain that, had we been driving, we would have pulled off the road. We put on our rain jackets (useless) and hugged a couple of big trees for protection.

15 minutes later we made our sodden way back to the car.

So…. I was looking at my photos today and saw this one:

I couldn’t remember taking it and was wondering why… I mean, it’s a pretty part of the canal but not at all interesting.

The rain had erased my memories.

Then it connected…

Every time we ride past this section a grey heron flies up right next to us and crosses the canal. It usually flies off somewhere but yesterday it went to the other side and landed.

I jumped off my bike and took this, hoping I could see him when I enlarged it.

I could:

I looked to see if there was a nest, but there was a barrier blocking me. Just as well – I probably would have fallen into the canal.

We often see a heron or 2 on our rides. They are such pretty, graceful birds.

4 thoughts on “Stir-Fried Chicken & Asparagus; grey heron”

  1. Beautiful! We have gray herons here though we don’t see a lot of them. Surrounded by lakes, you’d think we’d see more. I generally have geese in the back while they’re passing through and I have a family of Sandhill Cranes that stop in often. Beautiful creatures and testament to the fact that pterodactyls obviously existed. 😉

    And guess what! I have about 15 pounds of asparagus in my fridge! Our friend whose mother had about three acres of asparagus (she passed last year and we weren’t sure they would keep the property) went out on Sunday last and harvested scads of the stuff and brought a bunch over Monday for us. Looks like I’ll be pickling and freezing for a few days now that the rain has come back. But I’m happy 🙂

    • 15 pounds!?! Wow. I’m not sure what I would do with such bounty – but I’d figure it out lol I’d be happy too.
      We see at lease 1 heron on every bike ride along the canal but never see a pair. Very hard to get a photo of, though. They surprise me, then disappear.

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