Cold cucumber adds a refreshing crunch to this Asian-inspired dish. Brown rice soaks up the green tea, giving it a delicate, earthy taste.

Body+Soul, January/February 2010


Recipe Summary

1 hr 25 mins
15 mins


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  • Bring water to a near boil, pour over tea, and let steep 1 minute. Strain tea into a medium pot. Add onion, garlic, lemongrass, ginger, and chile; let cool slightly, then add chicken. Bring up to a simmer over medium heat, reduce heat, and gently simmer until the chicken is cooked through and a thermometerinserted into the thickest part reads 160 degrees, about 7 minutes. Remove chicken from poaching liquid; strain liquid, discarding solids.

  • Place 4 cups of strained liquid in a medium pot. Add rice, olive oil, 1 teaspoon of salt, and black pepper. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce to a simmer. Cook until all liquid is absorbed and rice is cooked through, about 50 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand 10 minutes.

  • While rice is cooking, remove chicken from bone and shred into large pieces. Keep chicken in remaining poaching liquid and reheat just before serving. Season with 3/4 teaspoon of salt, and black pepper. Serve rice with chicken moistened with some of the reserved liquid. Top with sliced scallions, cold cucumber spears, and a squeeze of lemon.