Soy & Sesame Chicken with Simple Cucumber Salad

Soy sauce and sesame oil are some of my favorite ingredients to use in lunches and dinners, especially when I’m looking for something lighter to eat. As a Midwesterner, I’ve eaten my fair share of red meat, which makes poultry seem like a diet meal. But with this marinade, not even someone accustomed to eating half a cow every night would complain.

DSC_0160DSC_0166DSC_0165

 

Chicken

Ingredients

  • 8 chicken thighs
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons ginger powder
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sriracha
  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar

Instructions

Dry chicken thighs thoroughly, then rub with salt and ginger powder.

Whisk together the soy sauce, sriracha, sesame oil and rice vinegar in a large, shallow bowl or tray, and marinate the chicken thighs for at least 1 hour; the longer they marinate, the stronger the soy flavor will be.

Preheat oven to 375º F.

Remove the thighs from the marinade and lay them flat in a baking dish. Pour the remaining marinade mixture over them. Cut the butter into ½ tablespoon pieces and top each chicken thigh.

Roast for 45 minutes, then let cool slightly in the pan. Whatever soy mixture is still left in the baking dish should be saved and drizzled over the chicken for extra flavor.

 

Cucumber Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 large English cucumber
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon white pepper
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Instructions

Rinse and peel the cucumber, then slice into uniform pieces. Do it lengthwise, so they turn out as circular slices instead of weird strips.

In a small bowl, mix the cucumber pieces with the vinegar, pepper and honey. Let sit for a few minutes, then serve.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s