Sunday, 4 July 2010

sesame chicken recipe

Seeing as you've all asked so very nicely, I give you sesame chicken!

Serves 4 as a light lunch, or 8 as a starter
or 2 for dinner in photo-actuality

2 chicken breasts
1/2 a large cucumber
2 medium carrots
2 celery stalks
2 tbsp of rice vinegar
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted
1 lime quartered

For the Dressing:
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp sweet chilli oil
2 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp crunchy peanut butter
1 tsp sugar

1. Poach the chicken in a pan of salted, simmering water for 20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked. Drain and cool. When it's cool enough to handle, shred the chicken.
2. Peel the cucumber into long strips, avoiding the seeds in the middle, and then into matchsticks. Peel the carrots into long strips, and again cut into matchsticks. Finely chop the celery. Amazing knife skills courses come in very handy at this point.
3. Toss the chopped veg, with the shredded chicken, chopped coriander and the sesame oil, and rice vinegar.
4. Make the dressing by mixing all the ingredients in a bowl and microwaving for 30 seconds, stir, then another 20 odd seconds. The actual recipe calls for you to slowly mix in a saucepan on the hob, but it's easier to blitz in the micro and actually, the peanut butter melts better this way.
5. Drizzle over the salad, scatter with the sesame seeds, and serve with the lime quarter.

So how are you chaps? As you can tell, I'm WELL behind with the blog at the moment. The arrival of Manwaring, followed by my mum's birthday and then going to see The Wiggles has put me massively back. Fingers-crossed I catch up before going on holiday. Which will then put me back again. What's the point eh?


  1. Thanks, looks bloody delicious! Might have to put it onto next weeks meal plan despite the freezing weather!

  2. Is it actaully cold in Australia? I remember it being cold in NZ, but a good 50% of that was because they hadn't got their head around double glazing or central heating...