Excellent recipe! I let my chicken marinate for over 4 hours, and I thought the final "glaze" that resulted on the grilled meat was fantastic (I would highly recommend additional marination time). Super easy recipe with a majority of items already stocked in your fridge / pantry. The minted cucumbers are great, but I caveat that with the fact that my serrano was very spicy and drowned out some of the other flavors in this one. Next time I plan to use a jalapeno so that the rest of the dish shines. I served with grilled white asparagus for a very wonderful meal on a steamy night. The salad is refreshing and the chicken not too heavy for the summer heat. Will absolutely make again! P.S. - i skipped the set time for the cucumbers (no issues noted) & preped 4 hrs in advance of dinner; the juices melded into a nice sauce so in my opinion, you can just chop up all the ingredients for the salad, mix and move along! Enjoy!
OK, well, it seems like a lot of the top reviews came from folks who marinated the meat a long time, even overnight. We marinated the meat 30 min. per the recipe. Granted, we didn't pound it flat. It was good but nothing special. We'll try it again pounding the meat, but I wonder if maybe the extra marinating time is worth doing. The cucumber salad was just average. We'll tinker with it, but as written but without pounding the meat, good but not great.
I have made this recipe literally dozens of times. It's one of my husband's ultimate favs. I prepare the marinade in the morning and let the meat sit in the fridge all day. We grill it outdoors and serve over brown rice. The chicken is always so tender and juicy! Sometimes I add a little dab of gochujang for an extra Korean kick. I must admit, I have never pounded the chicken and it seems to be an extra step that is easily omitted. Many times, I don't have fresh mint for the cucumbers, but dried mint works fine, too, just use much less. If I don't have a fresh chile pepper, I just use extra cayenne.
Great flavor - made for the 4th of July with CL's Island Rice, cucumber salad and a platter of roast veggies - big hit! Marinated for 2-3 hours then grilled. This will definitely be a part of the chicken rotation from now on!
This is a great recipe, and so quick and easy!
I made several changes (out of necessity) and thought this was awesome. Biggest change: I used pork chops instead of chicken thighs because my husband did not label the meat and that is what I thawed. Second, I didn't have mint so omitted it, and while I am sure it is amazing with the mint, it was still good without. Finally, I used a jalapeno instead of a serrano because that is what I had. I marinated the meat all day instead of 30 minutes. I served this with a large salad, and thought it was an excellent hot weather meal. It was easy, the flavors were impressive, and I would definitely make this again.
We've made this recipe several times, but always forget how good it is!! For a heartier side, don't drain the cucumbers....just leave the skin on, score with a fork, and prepare at the end. Also, if you use bones, skinless thighs, there is no need to pound.
WOW!! What a delightful surprise! Don't skimp...make sure you use chicken thighs and not breasts. We grilled the chicken and it was wonderful. The cucumber relish was super tasty, spicy but not overwhelming. Both my husband and I liked this dish. Certainly, a keeper.
I thought this was good and would be great if you marinated the chicken several hours (or all day) and doubled the cucumber salad (we ran out of salad before we ran out of chicken). Served with brown rice. A very nice hot weather dish.
My picky eater husband and I loved this dish! The chicken was juicy, flavorful, and delicious! The cucumber salad was our favorite! It had just the right spice and went very well with the chicken. We made with rice pilaf for a great meal. Husband loved it so I will definitely be making this again soon. We made as stated except substituted a mix of green onions and garlic for shallots and also pan fried instead of pan grilled. DELICIOUS!!!!!
I love this recipe. The chicken can be a great go to recipe on a week night when you don't have anything ready. I make it on the indoor grill in a flash.
DIFFERENT AND DELICIOUS. A KEEPER. I USED BONELESS SKINLESS CHICKEN AND CUT TO SIZE OF THIGHS BUT DIDN'T BOTHER POUNDING. I ALSO DIDN'T PEEL THE CUCUMBER SINCE IT'S NOT NECESSARY FOR ENGLISH ONES. I FOLLOWED REVIEWERS ADVICE AND DOUBLED THE CUCUMBER PART. I ALSO USED A VERY SMALL JALAPENO AND DIDN'T SEED IT. I SERVED IT WITH GRILLED ZUCCHINI. PERFECT.
This has become a staple in my house. I absolutely love the flavors and compared to some asian recipes, this is simple enough to prepare. We do substitute breast for the thighs and pound them thin. They don't look very pretty but the pounding helps flavor the chicken and it stays very moist on the grill.
I made this after work & was so surprised at how easy & delicious these dishes were. I used my George Forman to grill the chicken indoors & it turned out great. Quick, moist & tastey. I wish I'd have doubled the cucumber recipe. All the flavors blended so well together. I love spice & this had the perfect kick. I used a jalapeno pepper since I didn't have a serrano & it was a great substitute. I served plain white rice on the side. My husband said he'd want me to fix this again & that it was suitable for company. We're going to a pot luck next week & I'll be bringing the Minted Cucumbers as my contribution. This is a keeper!
Amazing! I spent some time in S Korea as a child and developed a love for cucumber kimchi. This isn't exactly the same, but close enough to bring back fond memories; I loved it! I didn't have mint, so I use 1/4 tsp mint extract and parsley. It was peppery, cool and refreshing. I also used b.s. chicken breast halves (on hand) and they grilled up perfectly 7min/side after marinating. Can't wait to try thighs! Served w/ glazed baby bok choy & brown rice.
This might be some of the best chicken ever. Used organic boneless breasts and flattened them. Very tender and great flavor. Loved the cukes as well. Doubled that recipe and didn't really salt and drain them like you're supposed to. Very good marinade for the ckn that I will use again.
This recipe rocks! The spicy cucumbers are great with the chicken, and if you buy boneless chicken thighs, you don't really have to flatten them more. I pan-fried them instead of using a grill pan. This one is awesome! The cool flavor of the mint is a great accent!