Fresh Vegetable Stir-Fry - Carolina Country

Fresh Vegetable Stir-Fry

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Fresh Vegetable Stir-Fry

Be sure not to overcook the asparagus in this dish. It should retain a little crunch. Fresh green peas or cooked and shelled edamame would be good additions. Brown rice vinegar tastes slightly sweet and smoky — look for it in the international sections of supermarkets or at Asian markets.


  • ½ cup lime juice

  • ½ teaspoon brown rice vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon coconut-sriracha sauce*

  • ¼ teaspoon sugar

  • 1 pound chicken breast, sliced into thin strips

  • Vegetable oil

  • 1 medium onion, sliced

  • 1 cup thinly sliced carrots

  • 2 cups asparagus in 1-inch pieces(about half of an average bunch)

  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 3 green onions, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons roasted peanuts

  • Cooked rice noodles, egg noodles or rice for serving (optional)


  1. In a small bowl, stir together the first four ingredients and a large pinch of salt until the sugar is dissolved. Add the chicken and toss to coat. Let the chicken marinate for 20–30 minutes.

  2. In a large frying pan or wok on medium-high, heat a couple tablespoons of vegetable oil. Add the onions and carrots, and a pinch of salt. Stir-fry until the vegetables begin to soften.

  3. Remove the chicken from the marinade (discard the marinade; do not use). Add the chicken to the pan. Stir-fry until the chicken is nearly cooked through. Depending on the size of the strips, this may take only a few minutes.

  4. When the chicken is almost cooked through, add the asparagus, garlic and green onions. Stir-fry until the asparagus turns bright green; don’t let it get limp. Top with the peanuts and serve with noodles or rice, if desired.

*I used Marion’s Kitchen Coconut Sriracha Sauce, but if you can’t find it, here’s a substitute: mix a few dashes of sriracha or Tabasco with 1 teaspoon plain, unsweetened coconut milk (not canned). Taste and add more hot sauce if desired.

Recipe courtesy of

Debbie Moose ( has authored seven cookbooks and is a former food editor for The News & Observer in Raleigh.

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