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Cucumbers-a-plenty and Coconut Chicken

September 19, 2011

If you’re like me, cucumbers won’t strike much of a cord with you.  In the last couple weeks, my cucumber stock has doubled and my produce drawer in my fridge has overflowed with all the different shapes and sizes of the little melons.  When my friend Taylor invited me over for the dinner the other night, I decided to put those cukes to good use!  We had an Asian inspired meal complete with the moist-est, most delicious chicken and an Asian cucumber salad.  Perfect for last summer dinners.  Enjoy!

Asian Cucumber Salad
Serves 4

Ingredients:
3-6 cucumbers (depending on size), finely sliced
1 red bell pepper (or others from CSA box), julienned
1/3 red onion, julienned
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds

Dressing:
2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
1/4-1/2 tsp red chili flakes
1 tbsp rice vinegar
2.5 tbsp soy sauce or tamari
1 tsp agave or clear honey
1 garlic glove, crushed

Method:
Combine all dressing ingredients and let sit at least 10 minutes.  Overnight would be ideal.

Lightly salt the cucumbers and let sit for 10 or so minutes to get extra water off.  Pat dry with a paper towel and combine with bell pepper, and red onion in large bowl.  Toss with dressing, sprinkle with sesame seeds and eat along side this…

Oven Fried Coconut Chicken
Serves 4

Ingredients:
1 tbs fresh lime juice
1 tsp Sriracha
1 can coconut milk (don’t bother using the light stuff.  Go all out!)
6 chicken tights (breasts work too)
3/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup flaked sweetened coconut
s/p to taste

Method:
Combine first 3 ingredients in ziploc bag.  Add chicken and marinate in the fridge for 1.5+ hours.

Preheat oven to 400º

Combine bread crumbs, coconut and salt and pepper in shallow dish.  After chicken has marinated long enough, dredge each piece individually in crumb mixture.  Place on lined baking sheet and bake for 30 or until golden brown and crispy.  Turn chicken over and back for another 30 or until crispy.

Tayler and I enjoyed this dinner with a crisp Pinot Gris, but an off-dry Riesling would be nice also.  And for those non-wine drinkers, slice up some cucumbers and put them in your water for a seriously refreshing beverage.

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