Keto Chinese Asparagus Chicken Stir-Fry Recipe
One of the best things about stir-fry is that it’s quick. Make this keto Chinese asparagus chicken stir-fry recipe on a busy weeknight.
About Avocado Oil
Not all oils are created equal. Many oils are highly processed, contain trans fats, and are linked to inflammation.
There are some better oils out there though. Avocado is one of my favorite oils for keto. It’s excellent for stir fry because it has a high smoke point.
It’s also resistant to oxidation during cooking.
This oil is high in monounsaturated fats. Avocado oil is 70% oleic acid, which has been shown to improve blood pressure.
Its neutral flavor lends itself to many recipes, as it is happy to let other flavors shine through. In this recipe I let tamari sauce steal the show.
I wrote an entire article about the best fats for keto if you’d like to learn more about avocado oil and some alternatives.
Asparagus makes up much of this recipe, so it’s important to get a good bunch.
Contrary to common belief, the thickness of the spears isn’t an indication of quality. A nice mid-size spear works well in this recipe.
I don’t like them too thin because it’s easy to overcook them.
The stalks should be firm, but the stems should not be woody. If you get woody stems you’ll end up wasting a lot of the asparagus.
The tips should be neatly closed, and the asparagus should be bright green. Some may have a hint of purple; that is fine.
Asparagus is in its prime in the spring, but you can find fresh, canned, or frozen varieties year-round.
Cauliflower Rice for Keto
Recipes like stir-fry beg for rice. As you can guess, however, rice isn’t exactly on the list of keto-friendly foods.
Cauliflower is an exceptional stand-in for white rice. Thankfully, they’ve even started making pre-made cauliflower rice you can pick up in the frozen vegetable section of the grocery store.
Store-bought is great if you’re pressed for time or feeling lazy, but it’s quite easy to make yourself. Here are 36 keto cauliflower rice recipes you can try.
Calculating Your Macros
Everyone has their own approach for keto, and you might want to test out different methods to see what works best for you.
If you’re serious about getting in ketosis – and staying there – consider taking advantage of my one question ketogenic macro calculator.
This calculator tells you exactly how much fat, net carbs, and protein you should be getting each day to reach your goals.
One of the best things about stir-fry is that it’s quick.
- Add avocado oil to a hot frying pan or wok.
- Add the diced onion and cook until it turns translucent.
- Add in the diced chicken and stir-fry until the chicken is cooked. Set aside.
- Then add the asparagus into the frying pan and stir-fry for 5 minutes on high heat.
- Add the chicken back in, season with tamari sauce and sesame oil.
- Enjoy with cauliflower rice.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
Net Carbs: 6 g
- Calories: 492
- Sugar: 5 g
- Fat: 41 g
- Carbohydrates: 10 g
- Fiber: 4 g
- Protein: 24 g