Spicy cucumber salad

Spicy cucumber salad

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

Cool yet fiery, this Asian-inspired cucumber salad is a barbecue must. It’s also great with chicken

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Easily doubled / halved
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
238
protein
33g
carbs
5g
fat
9g
saturates
2g
fibre
1g
sugar
4g
salt
2.17g

Ingredients

For the cucumber salad

  • 1 large cucumber, peeled
  • 1 tsp golden caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp rice white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • small knob of ginger, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 large red chilli, halved, deseeded and finely sliced
  • 2 spring onions, finely sliced
  • large handful coriander leaves

For the chicken

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 chicken breasts, skin on

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Method

  1. Slice the cucumber in half lengthways and use a teaspoon to scoop out the seeds. Slice cucumber into thick diagonal chunks. Tip it into a bowl and sprinkle with the sugar, vinegar and large pinch of salt. Leave for about 30 mins in the fridge. Meanwhile, tip the other salad ingredients into a bowl. Drain the cucumber and tip in with the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Heat a griddle pan or heavy-bottomed frying pan until hot, but not smoking. Rub the chicken with oil, season with salt and pepper and sear, skin-side down, for about 8 mins until the skin is crisp and brown and the chicken is practically cooked. Flip the chicken over and give it a few mins more on the flesh side to finish it off. Leave the chicken to rest, then slice each breast on an angle and serve with a pile of cucumber salad.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, June 2007

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kara88's picture
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Yummy. Really enjoyed this and it was very easy to make. I'll definitely be making this to take along to the next barbecue I go to ... come on, sun!

tanyah's picture
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Lovely - you get the refreshing element of the cucumber without it actually feeling like a cucumber salad! I think it can take a bit more chilli

bethocallaghan's picture
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Just made the cucumber salad without the chicken. Was really nice and refreshing.

eleanormayo's picture
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Lovely side dish, I served it with duck breast and they were perfect together, the freshness really cut through the richness of the duck

ppaulyy's picture
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Delicious. More chilli the better, it goes just so well with the cucumber. Although, I hate the description as 'Asian'- surely this has Southern Chinese influences to it? More specific references please BBC.

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