What you’ll need

Serves 2

  • 1 large cucumber, peeled and deseeded
  • salt to taste
  • 2 chicken breasts, skin on, about 450g
  • 1 thin slice ginger
  • 1 spring onion, white only, bruised
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp Sichuan peppercorns, ground
  • 4 spring onions, white part only, finely sliced
  • 1 tbsp chilli oil
  • 1 tbsp baby red shiso leaves
  • 1 tbsp coriander


  • 2 tbsp pure Chinese sesame paste or tahini
  • 2 tbsp black rice vinegar
  • 11⁄2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • pinch of five spice powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

The easy bit

  1. Cut the cucumber into matchsticks, toss with a pinch of salt, and drain in a colander for about 20 minutes. Pat dry.
  2. Lay the chicken skin-side up on the ginger and the bruised spring onion, then place in a rapidly boiling steamer for 15 minutes, or until just cooked. Remove.
  3. When cool enough to handle, discard the chicken skin and tear the meat into similar-size threads as the cucumber. Toss the shredded chicken with the sesame oil, a little salt to taste and the ground Sichuan pepper.
  4. Whisk all the sauce ingredients together. The sauce should be quite thick but should still be able to pour. If yours is too thick, add boiling water 1 tablespoon at a time until it reaches the desired consistency.
  5. To serve, lay the salted cucumber on a serving platter, strew the chicken over the cucumber and drizzle with sauce. Finish with the sliced spring onions, drops of chilli oil, and shiso and coriander. For that extra kick, a little Chinese chilli paste can be tossed with the shredded chicken.

2 Comments. Leave new

  • Captain Chris
    August 10, 2019 6:45 pm

    why are there no nutrition information on any of the recipes?

    • Hi Captain Chris,
      This is something that we are working on at the moment. it will be gradually added to the recipes as we work our way through them.
      These are all Celebrity Slim approved recipes so are perfect for your healthy home prepared meal 😊

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