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Chicken with Black Garlic Sichuan Peppercorn BBQ Sauce and Cold Cucumber Cilantro Salad

This baked chicken with an Asian-inspired BBQ sauce will quickly become a household favourite, especially when paired with the refreshing salad. The spicy marinade provides just the right amount of kick.
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 45 min
Cook Time: 25 min

Ingredients

Chicken

4 boneless chicken breasts (3-4 ounces), skin on, or 1 whole chicken cut in 4 pieces

BBQ Sauce

1 cup brown sugar
½ cup whiskey
1 cup ketchup
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp Sichuan peppercorn, crushed
½ cup maple syrup
1 tsp liquid smoke
2 tsp salt
2 tbsp black garlic pureed, or black garlic paste if available

Cucumber and Cilantro Salad

1 long English cucumber, sliced lengthwise, seeds removed and then sliced into half-moon shapes (crosswise)
¾ tsp salt
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp apple cider vinegar or black vinegar
1 ½ tbsp sugar
1-2 tsp chili oil
½ tsp chilli powder
½ tsp sesame oil
1 bunch of cilantro leaves, washed and stems removed
½ red bell pepper, seeded and cut in 1/8 inch dice
sesame seeds for garnish

Food Safety

Before you start, wash all surfaces and your hands with soap and warm water, and remember to wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards after they touch raw meat or eggs. Avoid cross-contamination by using a different cutting board for your meat and other ingredients. Make sure you’re cooking to safe temperatures and chilling any leftovers within two hours. For more food safety tips, visit our Food Safety at Home Section.

Steps

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients for the BBQ sauce. Bring mixture to a boil and reduce heat.

  2. Simmer, uncovered, stirring frequently for about 30 minutes or until sauce coats the back of a spoon.

  3. Let cool, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

  4. In a bowl, combine chicken breasts and with enough sauce to coat. Toss to coat chicken with sauce.

  5. Marinate in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or up to 24 hours.

  6. Preheat the oven to 375ºF (190ºC). Place marinated chicken in a casserole dish and bake uncovered for 30 minutes.

  7. While baking, use a pastry brush to baste the chicken with more sauce, approximately every 10 minutes.

  8. Chicken is cooked when the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C). Remove from the oven.

  9. Cover the chicken and let rest 5 minutes before serving. Slice and serve with cucumber and cilantro salad.

  10. To make the cucumber salad add the salt to the cucumber, stir gently to combine. Let sit for 15 minutes.

  11. Combine the garlic, vinegar, sugar, chili powder, chili oil, and sesame oil together, stir to mix well.

  12. Drain the salt water from the cucumber.

  13. Add the dressing to the cucumber and toss.

  14. Add the red pepper.

  15. Add the cilantro leaves and mix gently.

  16. Top with sesame seeds and serve alongside sliced chicken breasts.

Nutrition Info

Per 433 g serving Amount
Calories580
Protein20 g
Fat4.0 g
Saturated Fat0.5 g
Carbohydrate103 g
Fibre2 g
Sugar88 g
Cholesterol45 mg
Sodium2300 mg
Per 433 g serving % Daily Value
Potassium1100
Calcium125
Iron2.5