MOB Kitchen: Asian courgette and chicken salad

Such a moreish meal – you won’t be able to stop eating. The dressing pretty much works with anything – fish, veg, meat – so it’s a great one to learn.

1 hr 30 mins

1 whole chicken
Sesame seeds
6 courgettes
1 cucumber
1 large lettuce – your choice!
Fresh coriander
1 red chilli
Fresh ginger
1 lime
Soy sauce
Olive oil
Salt and pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 170°C fan (190°C/375°F/Gas Mark 5).

2. Place the chicken in a roasting pan, season with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Place in the hot oven to cook for 1 hour and 20 minutes.

3. Toast a large handful of sesame seeds in a dry frying pan (skillet). Set aside.

4. Get a peeler: halve the courgettes and peel off the skin, and then peel them into ribbons.

5. Halve the cucumber and peel off the skin, and then shred into ribbons. When you get to the watery core, turn it and peel the other side: you don’t want the watery bit. Place the ribbons in the salad bowl.

6. Remove the chicken from the oven. Carve it, shred the meat and throw it into the salad bowl.

7. Add a chopped lettuce, the toasted sesame seeds (leave a few to garnish), a handful of chopped coriander (leave some to garnish) and a sliced chilli to the salad bowl. Grate a 2-inch piece of peeled ginger. Squeeze in the juice of a lime and pour in 4–5 tablespoons of soy sauce and 3 tablespoons of olive oil.

8. Mix everything together. Scatter the leftover sesame seeds and coriander leaves on top and serve!

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