Poached Chicken Breast with Cucumber Salad

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Here's a very refreshing, yet protein-rich side dish for the upcoming warm season. I'm listing the basic soy sauce + sesame oil flavor, but you can be creative by adding mayonnaise, mustard, miso, minced umeboshi, or hot chili sesame oil (ラー油).

Poached Chicken Breast with Cucumber Salad
  • 2 Persian cucumbers, thin-sliced 
  • 1 Chicken breast
  • 1/2 tbsp ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Sake
  • White sesame seed
  • 1 tsp Sesame oil
  • 1 tsp Soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Rice Vinegar
makes 2 servings
  1. In a heavy bottomed pot ( I use Le Creuset pot), place a piece of chicken breast, add sake and just enough water so that chicken won't stick on the bottom. Cover with a lid and cook in a low heat.
  2. Once water start boiling, cook for another 5 minutes, then turn off the heat. Keep the lid on, and let it steam for about 5-10 minutes.  
  3. In a bowl, add sliced cucumber, sprinkle some salt and mix. After 5-10 minutes, squeeze the cucumber and drain extra water. 
  4. Take out the chicken from the pot, shred it with your hand, and add them to the cucumber. 
  5. Add chopped ginger, sesame oil, soy sauce and vinegar to the bowl and mix them well.
  6. If time allowed, chill for 15-30 minutes, sprinkle sesame seed at the end.  
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