Sichuan chicken salad with chilled noodles and cucumber

AT A GLANCE

  • Serves 4 people

Double this recipe for great leftovers - it makes an enviable work lunch. It's best served super-chilled.

  • 500 ml (2 cups) chicken stock
  • 6 spring onions, white parts thinly sliced, green tops reserved
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 long red chilli, split
  • 2 thin slices ginger
  • 2 chicken breasts (about 160gm each)
  • 180 gm soba noodles
  • 1½ tsp sesame oil
  • 150 gm podded frozen edamame
  • 1 tbsp roasted black sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp roasted white sesame seeds
  • 2 Lebanese cucumbers, seeds removed, cut into long, thin julienne
  • 1 cup coriander, coarsely chopped
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  • Black vinegar dressing
  • 2 tbsp black vinegar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • ½ tbsp Sichuan peppercorns, toasted and crushed
  • 2 tsp caster sugar
01   Combine stock, spring onion tops, garlic, chilli, ginger and 500ml water in a saucepan just large enough to hold chicken snugly. Bring to a simmer, add chicken, and simmer for 5 minutes, then cover, remove from heat and leave to continue cooking for 15 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool, then shred meat.
02   Meanwhile, cook soba noodles in a large saucepan of boiling salted water until al dente (2-3 minutes), stirring so noodles don’t stick together. Drain, refresh in iced water, drain again and toss with 1 tsp sesame oil and set aside.
03   Blanch edamame in a saucepan of boiling salted water until bright green (see notes). Refresh in iced water, drain and toss with remaining sesame oil.
04   For black vinegar dressing, combine ingredients in a small bowl.
05   Toss chicken with sesame seeds and a little of the dressing, and combine in bowls with noodles, edamame, cucumber, coriander and sliced spring onion, and serve drizzled with remaining dressing.
NoteTo blanch an ingredient, cook it briefly in boiling water, then drain it. To refresh it, plunge it in plenty of iced water (this stops the cooking process), then drain it.

Topics:

SICHUAN, NOODLES, CHICKEN, SICHUAN PEPPERCORNS, SALAD, FEATURE RECIPE

Recipe:

ALICE STOREY

Photography:

WILLIAM MEPPEM

Styling:

EMMA KNOWLES

FEATURED IN

Jan 2017

Jan 2017

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