Having a day off today, I thought I would cook dinner for my family, and give my mom a break. It’s hard to please everyone’s taste buds, however I knew a simple chicken teriyaki dish would be a success. My brother loves good, authentic asian cuisine, and is undoubtedly my toughest critic. So if he likes it, I know it’s a pleaser.
Many store-bought sauces contain insane amounts of sodium and other unnecessary fillers to increase shelf time, colour and taste. This is why I try when possible, to make my own sauces, entirely from scratch.
- 3-4 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
- 1 cup sticky rice (or rice of your choice)
- 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon of ginger powder
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- black pepper
- Teriyaki sauce
- 120ml of low sodium Soy sauce, preferably the Kikkoman brand.
- 120ml of honey water (60ml water + 60ml honey)
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon ginger, freshly graded
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1.5 tablespoon corn starch
- sesame seeds and green onion or chives for garnish
- Cook rice according to package directions and set aside.
- Combine marinade ingredients in a medium-sized bowl, set aside.
- Cut chicken into small pieces and place in the marinade bowl. Make sure to evenly coat the chicke. Marinate for 30 min - 1 hour.
- In a medium saucepan, bring the soy sauce and honey water to a boil.
- Stir in brown sugar, and make sure you have acquired your desired sweetness.
- Reduce heat to medium-low, and add garlic and ginger. Cook for about 5 minutes.
- Add corn starch to 2-4 tablespoons of water to dissolve, then slowly stir into sauce until it is thickened (this will take some time).
- Remove sauce from heat and set aside.
- Fry or grill your chicken for about 8-10 minutess or until done.
- Place chicken over top of rice and drizzle the teriyaki sauce over top.
- Garnish with sesame seeds and green onions or chives.
This was definitely a hit within my family, however if I was making it for just myself, I would have probably used a healthier choice of rice, such as brown or long-grain rice.