Thursday, March 5, 2015

Terrific Teriyaki Chicken

As you know, Teriyaki chicken is one of the famous Japanese dishes in the same class with Sushi, Tempura and Sukiyaki.  I think the flavor combination of sweet and salty is the key to it being so popular.  The flavor goes really well with simple rice, bread, pita, or even tortillas.  I use teriyaki chicken for many of my dishes. Once you know the easy, quick and tasty basic teriyaki chicken recipe, you can expand the uses of teriyaki chicken into many dishes. 

I cut the chicken thighs into bite sized pieces, then the cooking time is much shorter than it would be using full pieces.  Also the smaller piece absorb more flavor in a short time.  This is the way I like to cook and eat! 


<Basic Teriyaki Chicken>

1 pound of boneless chicken thighs
1 table spoon of brown sugar
2 table spoon of Sake
2 table spoons of soy sauce
2 table spoons of mirin
vegetable oil

1) Cut the chicken thighs into bite size portions.

2) Heat the vegetable oil in a frying pan and saute the chicken until it turns brown.

3) While the chicken is being cooked, combine the Sake, soy sauce, and mirin in a small bowl.

4) When the color of the chicken turns brown, pour the mixture into the pan (The chicken does not have to be fully cooked at this point.)

5) Keep cooking the chicken for approximately 5~8 minutes on medium to high heat until the soy sauce mixture thickens. Mix occasionally so that the bottom of the pan doesn't get burnt.

6) And serve!

I love to eat teriyaki chicken with arugula.  The nutty bitter flavor and sweet salty flavor goes really well together. 
You can use this teriyaki chicken as a sandwich meat and for a quesadilla.  Both of them are on my family's favorites list!!  Have a go at this recipe!