Sesame Noodles with Chicken and Asparagus

Ready in just under 45 minutes, this light and easy one-dish dinner combines tender, white meat of chicken, fresh asparagus and whole wheat thin spaghetti with Asian-inspired ingredients like ginger, garlic, scallions and sesame to create a perfect blend of flavors and texture.

Sesame Noodles with Chicken and Asparagus

Sesame Noodles with Chicken and Asparagus

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Chicken tenders, fresh asparagus and whole wheat spaghetti combine with fresh, Asian-style ingredients like scallions, ginger, sesame and garlic to make a light and easy, one-dish dinner.


  • 10 ounces whole wheat thin spaghetti
  • 1 lb chicken tenderloins
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 lb fresh asparagus, preferably thin
  • 5 to 6 scallions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped

For the sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic or Chinese black vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sriracha, more or less to taste


  • Put a large pot of salted water on to boil for the noodles.
  • Cut the chicken tenderloins in half lengthwise, then crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces. Transfer to a small bowl and add the sesame oil, garlic and ginger. Toss to combine and set aside for a minimum of 10 minutes.
  • Trim the tough bottoms from the asparagus spears, then cut off the tips and set aside. Cut the stalks into 1-1/4-inch pieces and set aside separately from the tips.
  • Prepare the sauce by combining the soy sauce, vinegar, sugar and sriracha in a measuring cup. Stir to dissolve the sugar, then set aside.
  • Cook and drain the pasta according to package directions, then add the sauce and toss to combine. Set aside.
  • Heat the vegetable oil in a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and sear for 1 minute, then add the asparagus stalks. Continue stir-frying until the chicken is cooked through and the asparagus is crisp-tender, 2 to 3 minutes longer. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
  • Add the reserved asparagus tips, cook 1-1/2 minutes longer, then add the scallions. Cook for an additional minute, then add the mixture to the noodles along with the cilantro and sesame seeds. Combine well and serve immediately.
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