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Asparagus-Lover's Stir-Fry Recipe

I find it a challenge to prepare vegetables so that they appeal to everyone...especially children. After tasting this special stir-fry, folks lean to love asparagus in no time.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min. YIELD:6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 4 cups fresh asparagus pieces
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves, cut into 1-inch strips
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons thawed orange juice concentrate
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • Hot cooked rice

Directions

  • 1. In a large skillet or wok, heat 2 tablespoons oil. Stir-fry celery over medium-high heat for 1 minute. Add asparagus and onions; stir-fry for 3-5 minutes or until asparagus is crisp-tender. Transfer to a bowl; set aside. Add remaining oil to the skillet. Stir-fry chicken, orange peel and garlic for 3-4 minutes or until chicken juices run clear.
  • 2. Combine the cornstarch, water, orange juice, orange juice concentrate and soy sauce until smooth; stir into skillet along with reserved vegetables. Cook and stir for 3 minutes or until sauce is thickened and vegetables are heated through. Stir in almonds. Serve over rice. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 205 calories, 12 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 37 mg cholesterol, 48 mg sodium, 10 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 17 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.