Healthy Recipes: Wok-Seared Chicken Tenders with Asparagus & Pistachios

Yield: 4 servings, about 1 1/4 cups each

Servings: 4

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Recipe Description:

Here’s an East-meets-West stir-fry that will soon become a family favorite. Serve it over rice, with a simple salad of arugula and orange sections dressed in a light vinaigrette.

Recipe Ingredients:

  1. 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  2. 1 1/2 pounds fresh asparagus, tough ends trimmed, cut into 1-inch pieces
  3. 1 pound chicken tenders (see Ingredient Note), cut into bite-size pieces
  4. 4 scallions, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  5. 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  6. 1 tablespoon oyster-flavored sauce
  7. 1 teaspoon chile-garlic sauce (see Ingredient Note)
  8. 1/4 cup shelled salted pistachios, coarsely chopped

Recipe Steps:

  1. Heat oil in a wok or large skillet over high heat. Add asparagus; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add chicken; cook, stirring, for 4 minutes. Stir in scallions, ginger, oyster sauce and chile-garlic sauce; cook, stirring, until the chicken is juicy and just cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes more. Stir in pistachios and serve immediately.

Recipe Tips & Notes:

  1. Ingredient Notes: Chicken tenders, virtually fat-free, are a strip of rib meat typically found attached to the underside of the chicken breast, but they can also be purchased separately. Four 1-ounce tenders will yield a 3-ounce cooked portion. Tenders are perfect for quick stir-fries, chicken satay or kid-friendly breaded “chicken fingers.”
  2. Chile-garlic sauce is a blend of ground red chiles, garlic and vinegar and is commonly used to add heat and flavor to Asian soups, sauces and stir-fries. It can be found in the Asian-food section of large supermarkets. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 year.

Recipe Nutrition:

Per serving:
224 calories; 10 g fat (2 g sat, 4 g mono); 63 mg cholesterol; 8 g carbohydrate; 0 g added sugars; 27 g protein; 3 g fiber; 278 mg sodium; 510 mg potassium

Nutrition Bonus: Folate (36% daily value), Vitamin A (22% dv), Vitamin C (17% dv)

1/2 Carbohydrate Servings

Exchanges: 1 vegetable , 4 lean meat, 1 fat