Teriyaki Chicken is an authentic Japanese dish which is extremely popular both in Japan and across the world. It's a breast of chicken prepared in a slightly sweet-savoury sauce which tingles the tastebuds with a range of different flavours. It is really simple to prepare and can taste like something you would expect from a top quality restaurant or takeaway within no time at all. Great for those days when you want a hearty, Oriental dish or you've been out and about and have a sudden craving for takeaway (without the hefty price tag!).
Initial recipe is for 1 serving, can be increased if cooking for more.
- 100g Chicken Breast or Quorn (Can use beef if preferable)
- (Optional) Peppers, onions or mushrooms for nutritional balance
- 125g cooked rice (sticky "glutinous" rice works best but long grain/basmati should do fine)
- EITHER Jar/Bottle of Teriyaki Marinade (Available at most supermarkets in the Oriental section) OR 2 Tbsp Soy Sauce, 1 Tbsp Mirin/Cooking Wine, 1 Tbsp Sake (available at larger supermarkets), 1 Tbsp sugar and a dash of ground ginger
1) Grab the meat for the dish and place it in a bowl then add a few tablespoons of the teriyaki marinade, providing the meat with an even coating. If using the individual ingredients, add them to the meat and coat evenly. Cover with cling film and place in the refrigerator for 15-60 minutes (can do overnight if you wish).
2) In a wok or a large frying pan, add a dash of oil until it is hot but not sizzling. If being added, place the vegetables into the pan and stir fry for a minute, ensuring to flip them over.
3) Next, add the marinated meat (without all the sauce immediately) and cook for a couple of minutes, ensuring to turn over the meat. Then add the sauce and simmer for a few minutes until the meat is thoroughly cooked.
4) Remove the meat from the pan and slice into strips. Garnish with the sauce and serve with a bed of rice.
It's more economic to buy the sauce pre-made if you don't tend to use all of the ingredients and you can often find it much cheaper if you have a market/Chinatown nearby. Otherwise, Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury's will have just what you need.
Get your meat from a butcher or market and if you have to buy more, just increase volume of ingredients per quantity of meat and freeze the rest/serve fellow flatmates.
If you aren't too good with measurements and you're using loose rice, half a cupful should suffice per person. Otherwise, half a pack of microwave rice equates to 125g for those who prefer the express route.
If using microwave rice, go for the supermarket's own brand which can be as low as 79p a pack.