Cucumber Garlic Chicken

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This is one of my favorites that I have been eating for a long time. I first had it at my Aunt and Uncle’s house when I lived with them for the summer while working as a lab helper at the age of 15 in their lab at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. It was my first job as a teenager and such a great experience I came back the next summer. I always liked to help out in the kitchen as a child, but it was there that I really got involved in cooking. We cooked a lot together, ate a lot together, and had a lot of fun. Sometimes I cooked dinner by myself for the three of us because I got home from work before they did. Such fun!

I believe the original book the Cucumber Garlic Chicken came from was out of print at the time we first made this together and I’m not even sure what the book was called, so naturally this recipe is a recreation because along the way I lost the recipe I wrote down. Cornstarch wasn’t an original ingredient, but I added it for a slightly thickened sauce. Salting the cucumbers helps rid them of excess moisture.

Cucumber Garlic Chicken

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

2 cucumbers (I use the English type)
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbs oil
5 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 c soy sauce
1/4 c cooking sherry
1-2 tsp chili powder, depending on heat level
2 tsp Chili Garlic Sauce, such as Lee Kum Kee brand
1 tsp cornstarch
1 bunch green onions, sliced
Jasmine rice
Peel cucumber and half long ways, then scrape out seeds with a spoon and cut into small chunks. Sprinkle cucumber with salt, set aside in colander 20 minutes. Combine garlic, soy sauce, sherry, chili powder, chili garlic sauce, and cornstarch in a bowl. Slice chicken thin and at an angle. Add chicken to sauce and let soak. Slice green onions. After cucumbers have sat in colander for 20 minutes, rinse and pat dry. Heat oil in pan (test by sprinkling a drop of water – if it sizzles, it is ready), add chicken with sauce and cook for 5 minutes or until chicken is cooked through, stirring regularly. Add cucumber and cook 3 more minutes. Stir in green onion. Serve immediately with rice.

Katie Goodman

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Katie’s lifelong interest in cooking good food has shown her that part of the goodness in life is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. She is: Mom. Writer. Photographer. Recipe Developer. Website Founder. Lover of all things good in life. A mix of great recipes, family memories, and yummy photography is what Katie serves up each week at GoodLife Eats™. Katie and her family reside in Colorado.

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