Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Turmeric Chicken and Asparaus #recipe author @DarylWoodGerber


I wasn't sure I could make a "new" recipe to beat my typical stirfry chicken and vegetables, but I've been hearing all sorts of good things about turmeric. It's good for you. It's rich in antioxidants (good for the skin) and it has calming properties.  I need both!!
So I bought a bottle.  Woof! I do NOT like the smell of it, but I proceeded and, interestingly enough, it doesn't taste at all like it smells. It's incredibly flavorful. This is now one of my new go-to recipes!  You don't have to use asparagus. Go for any green vegetable that you like.  There are a few steps to construct, but yum!

Turmeric-Black Pepper Chicken with Asparagus

4 servings

1/4 cup water

3 tablespoons honey

3/4 teaspoon black pepper, more to taste


2 tablespoons flour (or gluten-free flour if necessary)

1 ½ teaspoons ground turmeric

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into 1-inch pieces

1 tablespoon canola oil

16 spears asparagus, trimmed (*I parboiled mine for 2 minutes first), sliced on an angle

1 teaspoon soy sauce (or tamari, if needed for Gluten-free purposes)

1 lime, cut into wedges


In a small bowl, mix the water, honey, pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon salt; set aside.


In a medium bowl, stir together the flour (*or GF flour), turmeric, and 1 teaspoon salt. Add the chicken and toss until coated.


In a medium skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until the chicken is golden brown on both sides, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Add the asparagus, stir to combine and cook until tender, 1 to 2 minutes.


Add the honey mixture and cook until the chicken is cooked through, about 2 to 3 minutes.


Remove from heat and stir in the soy sauce.  Serve with lime on the side.




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  1. I like turmeric but I’ve never tried it in a stir fry

    1. It was really interesting, Sandy. I loved the flavor. Hated the "raw" smell. LOL

  2. Daryl,
    Have you ever tried Fish Sauce? Use a very small amount but you might want to avoid reading the ingredients.

  3. This looks fab, Daryl--will definitely have to try it! I bought some fresh turmeric at the Hilo farmer's market last year, which looks like ginger, but is a bit smaller and bright orange. It was delicious, but boy does it stain your hands!

    1. Yes the spice stains your hands, too, Leslie. I didn't check my tongue after eating it. LOL

  4. Leslie, it is a wicked strong dye, isn't it?
    But such a golden color.
    It adds a warm flavor profile, too.
    Good work, Daryl!

    1. Libby--yes! And I believe it's used for temporary wedding tattoos in India.

    2. Aw, thanks, Libby. It was a really fun recipe to try and I'll definitely be making it again.

  5. Going to try but with green beans as hubby doesn't like that other green.