Honeyed sesame chicken with peach & cucumber salad

Honeyed sesame chicken with peach & cucumber salad

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 4
Give chicken breasts a sticky coating and serve with an unusual salad for a healthy lunch

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal373
  • fat22g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs12g
  • sugars12g
  • fibre2g
  • protein33g
  • salt0.18g


  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…

  • 4 skin-on chicken breasts, preferably corn-fed
  • 2 tbsp good-quality clear honey
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds

For the salad

  • 1 small cucumber, peeled and deseeded
  • small piece red chilli, chopped
  • zest and juice 1 large lime



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • 2 ripe peaches



    Sweet, juicy and fragrant, peaches are one of the most beautiful fruit around. Around the size…

  • 1 tsp good-quality clear honey
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 handfuls lamb's lettuce, washed and dried
    Lamb's lettuce

    Lamb's lettuce

    lams lett-ess

    Sometimes known as Corn Salad, lamb's lettuce has long spoon-shaped dark leaves and a…


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Heat the sunflower oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Season the chicken breasts with a little salt on both sides and sauté, skin-side down. After about 5 mins, when the skin is brown and crisp, flip the chicken and brown it lightly all over. Transfer to a baking tray and coat each breast in the honey. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and roast for 10-12 mins until cooked through.

  2. Meanwhile, to make the salad, slice the cucumber and toss in a bowl with the chilli and lime zest. Tip the peaches into another bowl and pour over boiling water, then immediately refresh under a cold tap. Peel, then slice and add to the cucumber and chilli. Mix the lime juice with the honey and oil. Toss with the lamb’s lettuce and cucumber salad. Lovely served with a chilled white wine, such as Gewürztraminer or Pinot Gris.

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2nd Aug, 2010
I made with it skinless thigh fillets instead of breasts and the chicken was very succulent. I made roast potatoes to fill up the plate but if i were to make it again- which I probably will, I would also serve 2 thighs/breasts per person instead of one. I also added a splash of balsamic to the salad. On the whole, a light and tasty meal.
6th Jul, 2010
Salad and Chicken were very sweet together but nice for a summer dinner
5th Jul, 2010
It's always a struggle to get my husband to eat anything resembling a salad, but I prepared this meal exactly per the recipe and he loved it. The combination of the honey, chicken and peaches was both refreshing and tasty and I now have a convert at home!
11th Dec, 2017
Can I use anything as an alternative to the honey?
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15th Dec, 2017
Thanks for your question. The honey helps the sesame seeds to stick and makes a great flavour combination. You could try an alternative like agave or brown rice syrup if you prefer.
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