One of the benefits of having a well-stocked pantry is that it gives you so much more flexibility when you want to get a meal out quickly. Case in point, this teriyaki chicken.
How to Make Teriyaki Chicken
Classic teriyaki sauce is made with soy sauce, mirin (a sweet rice wine), and sake. With these items in your pantry, you can make a simple but perfect and easy teriyaki sauce for teriyaki chicken, steak, or salmon.
In this version of teriyaki chicken, we first poach skinless, boneless chicken breasts in homemade teriyaki sauce. Then we boil the heck out of the sauce to reduce it to a syrupy glaze to pour back over the cooked chicken.
The result? Easy to make, low fat, perfectly tender teriyaki chicken breasts, every time.
Teriyaki Chicken Breasts
Use gluten-free soy sauce for gluten-free version.
If you are using tamari instead of soy sauce, use half as much, as tamari is more concentrated than soy sauce.
3/4 cup soy sauce (or mix tamari and water in equal proportions to make 3/4 cup)
3/4 cup sake
3/4 cup mirin
4 tablespoons sugar
A 1-inch piece of ginger, grated fine
1 1/4 to 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts (set out for 30 minutes to come to room temp)
2 to 3 tablespoons sesame seeds
Gently simmer the chicken in sauce made with sake, mirin, soy sauce, sugar, ginger:
Mix the grated ginger, sugar, soy sauce, sake and mirin in a pot and bring to a boil. Add the chicken breasts, return to a simmer, then lower the heat to the lowest possible setting (warm if you can), on your smallest burner, and cover.
The idea is to cook the chicken as gently as possible, below a simmer. Cook for 20 minutes.
If you are working with somewhat large chicken breasts, you may need to cook them longer, or cut them in half before cooking.
Toast the sesame seeds:
While the chicken is poaching, toast the sesame seeds in a dry pan until they begin to brown. Move to a small bowl and set aside.
Set aside the chicken, cover with foil:
Remove the chicken breasts from the teriyaki sauce, set on a plate and wrap with foil.
Bring the sauce back to a boil and boil vigorously until the sauce is reduced to a syrup, about 8 to 10 minutes. Keep an eye on the sauce, stirring it occasionally.
Slice the chicken, cover with sauce, sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve:
To serve, slice the chicken breasts, cover with the teriyaki sauce and sprinkle sesame seeds on them. Serve with plain white rice.
|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 9g||12%|
|Saturated Fat 2g||11%|
|Total Carbohydrate 39g||14%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||4%|
|Total Sugars 32g|
|Vitamin C 0mg||0%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|