Sweet ‘n’ Sour Chicken & Asparagus Stir-fry

by Dr. Daamini Shrivastav

June 1, 2015

It was one of those rare Monday evenings when I had the luxury of time; In my mind’s tastebuds I could savor and sense flavors/scents that I wanted to experiment with. 

For many years (more than I care to remember actually) I’ve had an affinity for the sweet ‘n’ sour. But usually in restaurants, items on the menu that qualify under this flavor are heavy curry-based, loaded with preservatives/additives and flavor enhancing chemicals and of course the culinary wolf in sheep’s clothing – SUGAR !

Here is a SUPER healthy way to achieve that delicate balance of sweet and sour. ‘SUPER’ because of the use of the superfood – lucuma. Cook on to your evening Retreat ☺

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400 - Calories
Time : 20 Mins

Ingredients 2 chicken breasts (snip into strips with sharp kitchen scissors. If you’d rather chop into cubes then that works too!) 20 asparagus spears ½ large onion sliced 2 cloves garlic diced 1 tbsp. soy sauce 1 ½ tbsp. sesame oil 1 tsp olive oil 1 tbsp. lucuma powder 1 tbsp coconut sugar Directions 1. In a large bowl prepare marinade by mixing well the soy sauce, sesame oil, lucuma and coconut sugar. It should be a semi-liquid paste and to get to the right consistency add ½ to 1 tsp of water. 2. To the marinade add the chicken breast pieces and ensure they’re well coated with the marinade. Refrigerate! ** you could leave the chicken to marinate overnight if you wish 3. In a skillet, heat the olive oil and sauté the asparagus till cooked. Do not overcook! Asparagus works when it retains its crunch ☺ Remove the asparagus from skillet and keep aside 4. Throw in the onion slices to the skillet and stir-fry till brown and soft 5. Add the marinated chicken to the onions in the skillet and cook the meat through. This usually takes 4-5 minutes on medium heat. Keep stir-frying throughout 6. To the chicken and onions, add the diced garlic and stir-fry till the garlic begins to scent. 7. Remove skillet from the heat and throw in the cooked asparagus and just stir all ingredients together.      

Dr. Daamini Shrivastav


Dr. Daamini Shrivastav

Juggling many roles from physician to writer to pilates instructor to Marketing-PR executive, Dr. Daamini is constantly pushed and inspired to get creative on how to encompass a Retreat into her daily life.
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