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Teriyaki Chicken with Fried Rice

Teriyaki is a japanese style of cooking, something I just learned as I was searching for this recipe.  I always just assumed it was chinese, so I here’s a little pre-recipe lesson for you, in case you are also clueless when it comes to Asian cooking.

The Japanese word teriyaki is a combination of two words: teri, meaning luster, and; yaki, which means grill or broil.  According to’s section about Japanese cooking, “To make a teriyaki dish, ingredients are broiled, roasted, or grilled after being marinated in or basted by teriyaki sauce. It’s the teriyaki sauce that brings the shiny look (teri) to the ingredients.”

I also learned that it’s so very easy to do. Just pick up some cooking sake, mirin (sweet sake for cooking) and soy sauce, and along with sugar and meat, viola, you’ve got all the ingredients for a teriyaki sauce. To go along with your teriyaki, you can also make fried rice, another easy dish that’s fun to play with. Here’s how to do it:

Teriyaki Chicken

•3/4 pounds chicken breasts or thighs
•2 Tbsp sake (rice wine)
•4 Tbsp soy sauce
•4 Tbsp mirin (sweet rice wine)
•2 Tbsp sugar
•*grated ginger (optional)

First, mix the sake, soy sauce, mirin and sugar in a bowl. Add the chicken to it and allow it to marinate for at least 20 minutes. Meanwhile, heat some vegetable oil in a skillet. Once the chicken has marinated, first brown one side of chicken on high heat, then turn it over and add the rest of the sauce. Cover and steam until the chicken is fully cooked, then remove the lid and allow the liquid to cook down and thicken. Once the sauce is thick, it’s done. Just cut up your chicken, pour the remaining sauce over it, and garnish with fresh grated ginger.

Vegetable Fried Rice

•5-6 cups of cooked rice
•2 Tbsp peanut oil
•1 small onion
•1 tsp minced garlic
•1 red bell pepper
• 1/4 tsp red chili powder
• 3 spring onions, thinly sliced
• 3 tbsp soy sauce
• 1 can baby peas, drained
• 2 tsp sesame oil
• 1/4 cup peanuts, roasted

Start by heating up the peanut oil in a wok or skillet over medium heat. Add the onions,  garlic and red chili powder and cook it for about 3 to 4 minutes.  Increase the heat to medium high, adding the cooked rice and soy sauce, and fry for a minute or two. Add the peas and cook for another minute. Then remove from the heat and add sesame oil. Mix well and garnish with peanuts.  Serve with your teriyaki for a comletely tasty japanese dinner.

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