Thursday, July 28, 2011

3.09 RECIPE: Teriyaki Chicken

Teriyaki is a cooking technique used in Japanese cooking. The foods are boiled or grilled in a sweet soy sauce marinade.


3/4 lbs    Chicken Breasts or Thighs (preferably with skin- or no skin for the health conscious)
2 tbsp     Sake
4 tbsp     Mirin
4 tbsp     Soy Sauce
2 tbsp     Sugar
*Grated Ginger (optional)


Making the marinade first, in a large bowl, add 2 tbsp of sake, 4 tbsp of mirin, 4 tbsp of soy sauce, and 2 tbsp of sugar. Mix ingredients together and place bowl aside.

Next, make sure your chicken is completely thawed. Take a fork and poke the chicken on both sides.

Place chicken in the marinade making sure everything is coated. Let sit in refrigerator for 15 minutes.

Get a large frying pan and turn on heat to medium-high (my stove isn't as hot so I put it to high). Add a bit of olive oil. Place chicken in the pan and sear until skin turns a light brown (I had chicken with no skin). This makes a nice caramelized crust so that the juices can stay inside the chicken. Make sure to flip the chicken over and lightly sear the other side. Once that's done, add the rest of the marinade.

Cover with a lid so that the chicken can thoroughly cook on the inside. It is important to not keep lifting the lid because every time you do, the heat will escape. Keep your eye on it so that it won't burn though. At this point you can lower the heat a little to medium (you can switch back to medium-high depending on what you need).

During the cooking you will notice your chicken gaining colour. After checking that the juices inside the chicken runs clear, let the liquid thicken up. The cooking part of your chicken is done! You can plate your chicken now if you want it in whole pieces or cut it up first before plating.

Don't forget to drizzle the leftover sauce over the chicken! Ginger is optional but makes all the difference in my opinion.

It's a pretty simple recipe, just need to find the right ingredients at your local Asian supermarket.


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