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Chinese style chicken

by Christina Julia

Chinese style chicken

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Serves: 4 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
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Ingredients

  • ⁄2 cucumber, peeled, seeded and cut into matchsticks
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 boneless chicken breasts
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce pinch of five-spice powder
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons sunflower oil
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 2 carrots, cut into matchsticks
  • 8 spring onions, shredded
  • 75g/3oz beansprouts
  • For the sauce
  • 4 tablespoons crunchy peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon hot chilli powder
  • 1 spring onion, finely chopped

Instructions

  • Put the cucumber matchsticks in a colander, sprinkle with the salt and
    cover with a plate with a weight on top. Set the colander in a bowl or
    on a deep plate to catch the drips, and leave to drain for 30 minutes.
  • Put the chicken portions in a large pan and just cover with water. Add
    1 tablespoon of the soy sauce, the five-spice powder and the lemon
    juice, cover and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about
    20 minutes.
  • Lift out the poached chicken with a slotted spoon, and leave until cool
    enough to handle. Remove and discard the skin. Bash the chicken lightly
    with a rolling pin to loosen the fibres. Slice into thin strips. Reserve.
  • Heat the oils in a large frying pan or wok. Add the sesame seeds, fry for
    30 seconds, then stir in the remaining 3 tablespoons of soy sauce and
    the sherry. Add the carrots, and stir-fry for 2–3 minutes until just tender.
    Remove from the heat and reserve.
  • Rinse the cucumber well, pat dry with kitchen paper and put in a bowl.
    Add the spring onions, beansprouts, cooked carrots, pan juices and
    shredded chicken, and mix together. Transfer to a shallow dish. Cover
    and chill for about 1 hour, turning the mixture once or twice.
  • To make the sauce, cream the peanut butter with the lemon juice, sesame
    oil and chilli powder, adding a little hot water to form a paste, then stir
    in the spring onion.
  • Arrange the chicken mixture on a serving dish, and serve with the
    peanut sauce.

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