27 Mar 2023: Turmeric-Black Pepper Chicken with Asparagus

Ali Slagle, contributor to the New York Times and Washington Post cooking sections, developed this easy and exceptionally versatile recipe. Change the protein to something else – pork, shrimp, or tofu for example. Or swap out the veg to one that will cook quickly. Whatever you choose, this recipe will quickly become a repetoire staple.

We both like things pretty spiced up, so we kept our bottle of Gojuchang close by for a little extra uumph.

Turmeric-Black Pepper Chicken with Asparagus

By Ali Slagle in the New York Times


  • 3 TBSP honey
  • 3/4 tsp black pepper, plus more to taste
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 TBSP all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 TBSP coconut or canola oil (I used coconut oil)
  • 12-oz asparagus, trimmed and thinly sliced on an angle (sadly, fresh asparagus was not available – used frozen. Not exactly perfection)
  • 1 tsp unseasoned rice vinegar or soy sauce (used rice vinegar)
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges (optional)


  1. In a small bowl, stir together ¼ cup water with the honey, pepper and ½ teaspoon salt; set honey mixture aside.
  2. In a bowl large enough to hold the prepared chicken, stir together the flour, turmeric and 1 tsp salt. Add the chicken and toss until coated.
  3. In a 10-inch skillet, heat the oil over medium-high.
  4. Add the chicken and cook until the turmeric is fragrant and the chicken is golden brown on both sides, 2 to 3 minutes per side.
  5. Add the asparagus, season with salt, stir to combine and cook until crisp-tender, 1 to 2 minutes.
  6. Add the honey mixture and cook, stirring, until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has thickened, 2 to 3 minutes.
  7. Remove from heat and stir in the vinegar.
  8. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  9. Optional: serve with lime squeezed over top, if you like.


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