Wok-Seared Chicken Tenders with Asparagus & Pistachios

Wok-Seared Chicken Tenders with Asparagus & Pistachios

23 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine April/May 2005

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

Ingredients 4 servings

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


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  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.
  • 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.”
  • 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.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 1/4 cups
  • Per serving: 224 calories; 10 g fat(2 g sat); 3 g fiber; 8 g carbohydrates; 27 g protein; 142 mcg folate; 63 mg cholesterol; 2 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 1070 IU vitamin A; 10 mg vitamin C; 51 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 278 mg sodium; 510 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Folate (36% daily value), Vitamin A (22% dv), Vitamin C (17% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1/2
  • Exchanges: 1 vegetable , 4 lean meat, 1 fat

Reviews 23

May 21, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Overall A Great Meal! This dish is awesome for a super quick, delicious meal. I just made it for the first time, changing it to servings for six people, but the portions were TINY. I ended up just serving four people haha. The flavors were all awesome together, but I think next time I won't add as much oyster sauce. It was a little too salty for my personal taste. Overall great though, one of our new favorites! Pros: Easy, quick, healthy Cons: small portions, too salty
December 31, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Excellent dish! My whole family loved this dish, even my 3 year old. I added shitaki mushrooms and left out the scallions (my wife forgot them) and it still came out delicious, plus we love mushrooms. I also used 1.5 tbsp of oyster sauce and 2.5 tbsp of Tabasco Garlic sauce to give it more flavor and a little extra kick. I saw some comments that added garlic into theirs. I was hesitant to do that but I love garlic so I may try that next time. Overall, this is a very tasty stir-fry. It's also very light on ingredients but more than filling. Pros: Easy, healthy and quick Cons: Nothing bad to say
January 13, 2013
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By: Millerchateau
Wow! Loved this, but my sous chef... Aka my husband, went overboard with the ginger. Next time I will stick to the exact measurements with that. Pros: Quick and healthy
September 26, 2012
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By: jayejoseph
Made this the other night and was less than impressed. There was absolutely no flavor to this recipe as written. I ended up doctoring it with more oyster sauce, some fish sauce, soy sauce and siracha to get it to a level where it actually tasted like something. Definitely won't be making this again.
April 17, 2012
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By: Jena00
Great dish I don't care for oyster sauce so I used 2 tblsp soy sauce instead. I could barely taste it. The sesame oil is very overpowering (yet delicious), so if you don't have that don't bother...it makes the dish. I added two cloves crushed garlic and will next time as well. I forgot to buy scallions so I just used like 1/4 cup largely diced onion and it was still great. Pros: flavorful
January 02, 2012
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By: Jan
I WILL make this dish again! The flavors were still tantalizing my tastebuds after dinner. I added a minced clove of garlic and increased the chili-garlic sauce to 2 tsp for added flavor. Pros: Healthy never tasted so good! Cons: Need to double the batch next time!
February 26, 2011
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By: hotflash
A wonderful dish One of my all time favorite go-to recipes. Love the flavor and the ease of preparation. Very tasty. Pros: tasty and easy,
October 14, 2010
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By: Peggspark
I've made this twice and it is very well received by my husband! I added garlic and a little more ginger and chile paste than called for and it was delicious! Serve over rice for a quick, easy and very healthy meal!
October 08, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
I didn't use the garlic-chile sauce because my 5 year old is very picky. Instead I added some minced garlic and grated ginger. I also couldn't find pistachios so I used roasted and salted chopped walnuts. Delish! It was wonderful and I am planning on trying the same recipe but with broccoli and beef. My husband was blown away at the authentic taste.