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Poached chicken & smashed cucumber salad

Poached chicken & smashed cucumber salad

If you haven't heard of smashed cucumber before, you re in for a treat. It s a technique popular in many parts of Asia - bash the cucumber, remove the seeds, and let the rough edges soak up the dressing. We re serving our version with simple chicken and rice to let the rich flavours of the salad shine.

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  • Serves2
  • CourseMain meal
  • Prepare20 mins
  • Cook15 mins
  • Total time35 mins
  • Plusresting

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  • 2 British chicken breast fillets
  • 1 clove/s garlic, finely grated or crushed
  • tbsp Chinese rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp reduced-salt soy sauce
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tsp chiu chow chilli oil (available in selected stores) or ¼ tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 essential Waitrose Cucumber, halved lengthways
  • 1 celery stalk, finely sliced
  • ¼ x 1 red onion, finely sliced
  • 40g roasted cashew nuts, roughly chopped
  • 1 handful coriander, roughly chopped
  • 250g cooked jasmine or long grain rice, to serve


  1. Bring a large saucepan of water to a simmer. Carefully add the chicken breasts and cook for 9-10 minutes until thoroughly cooked with no pink meat. Turn off the heat and carefully transfer the chicken to a chopping board.

  2. Meanwhile, mix the garlic, vinegar, soy sauce and sesame and chilli oils (or flakes) in a large bowl. Place the cucumber halves on a chopping board, cut-side down. Using a rolling pin, bash all over until cracked in places, then scrape out and discard the seeds using a teaspoon. Roughly chop the cucumber and toss into the dressing with the celery and red onion. Stir through the cashews and coriander.

  3. Divide the rice and cucumber salad between plates, then slice the poached chicken and arrange over the top.

Cook’s tip

Short on time? Buy ready-cooked chicken breast fillets and slice over the salad just before serving.


Typical values per serving when made using specific products in recipe


2,128kJ/ 517kcals



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