Recipe for Gut Health: Turmeric Chicken with Asparagus

This sweet and spicy dish is super easy to cook, perfect for meal prepping, and features several prebiotic foods, like asparagus and honey. Plus, it includes turmeric, a powerful spice that reduces inflammation. Take this meal to the next level by serving it over brown rice or rice noodles.


  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • ¾ teaspoon black pepper, plus more to taste
  • Sea salt
  • 1½ teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon coconut or avocado oil
  • 12 ounces asparagus, trimmed and thinly sliced on an angle
  • 1 teaspoon unseasoned rice vinegar or soy sauce


  1. In a small bowl, stir together ¼ cup water with the honey, pepper and ½ teaspoon of sea salt. Set honey mixture aside for later.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, turmeric and 1 teaspoon salt. Add the chicken and toss until coated.
  3. In a 10-inch nonstick skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until turmeric is fragrant and the chicken is golden brown on both sides. About 2 to 3 minutes per side. Add the asparagus, season with salt, and stir to combine. Cook until crisp-tender, about 1 to 2 additional minutes.
  4. Add the honey mixture and cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has thickened, around 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in the vinegar. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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