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Chicken With Cucumbers

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“Based on a recipe from "The Joy of Chinese Cooking" by Lo Mei Hing and Sun Tzi Hsi. Written in Japan in 1981. Translated and printed in Milan, Italy in 1983. One of the few dishes I make more than once a year.”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cut the cucumber in half lengthwise, then cut diagonally in 1/4-inch slices.
  2. Combine the soy sauce, sugar, salt and pepper as a sauce.
  3. Set aside.
  4. Cut the chicken into thin diagonal slices at a 45° angle.
  5. Dip the chicken slices into the egg, then into the cornstarch; rest slices on wax paper.
  6. Heat the oil over medium-low heat.
  7. Gently fry the chicken in single layer batches.
  8. Remove and drain on paper towels or brown paper bag.
  9. Add more oil if necessary.
  10. Fry ginger until it gives off its aroma.
  11. Add cucumber and stir-fry for a minute or two.
  12. Add rice wine.
  13. When most of the wine has evaporated, raise the heat to high, add the chicken and sauce.
  14. Stir-fry quickly over high heat.
  15. Remove from heat and sprinkle on a few drops of sesame oil.
  16. Serve with steamed rice.

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