Monday, October 21, 2013

Chicken Teriyaki : IHCC (October Potluck)

"October Potluck", is this week's theme at I Heart Cooking Clubs (IHCC), where we are a given a choice to select from any of our previous featured chefs recipes or the current featured chef, Donna Hay. This week, I'm sharing one of Nigella Lawson's chicken recipe.

This is a simple and quick dish to cook, great for a weekday night if you are rushing for time.

Chicken fillet pieces are marinated with sake (I have replaced with Chinese rice wine), mirin, soy sauce, sugar, ginger and sesame oil. The chicken pieces are then fried in a little oil, and the marinating liquid is then poured over the chicken. Once the chicken are cooked, they are taken out and the sauce is boiled down to a thick syrup. The chicken pieces are stirred in so that they are coated with the syrup. Serve with  rice and some veggies.

A dish suitable for kids, eaten with rice.

Chicken Teriyaki
(adapted from "Nigella Kitchen" by Nigella Lawson)
serves 4-6
2 tablespoons sake (Japanese rice wine) (I use Chinese rice wine)
1/4 cup mirin (sweet Japanese rice wine)
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 tsp black soy sauce (my addition)
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
2 teaspoons grated fresh gingerroot
splash of sesame oil
1-3/4 pounds chicken thigh fillets (no skin or bones), preferably organic, cut or scissored into bite-sized pieces
1 teaspoon peanut oil
1-3/4 to 2-1/2 cups sushi rice, cooked following package instructions
  1. Mix the sake, mirin, soy sauce, sugar, ginger and sesame oil in a dish that you can steep the chicken in. I use an 8-inch square Pyrex, but anything similar would do.
  2. Add the prepared chicken pieces and leave for 15 minutes.
  3. Heat the peanut oil in a large, shallow frying pan or Dutch oven (that has a lid) and, using a perforate spoon, transfer the chicken pieces from their dark marinating liquid to the pan, and saute until they look cooked on the outside.
  4. Pour the marinade over the chicken pieces in the pan and bring to a bubble, then turn down the heat to a gentle simmer, put the lid on and cook for about 5 minutes - cut into a piece of chicken to make sure it's cooked through.
  5. Remove the cooked pieces with a perforated spoon (you could keep them warm in a bowl covered in aluminium foil) and turn the heat up under the pan to let the liquid boil down to a thick, dark syrup.
  6. Return the chicken pieces to the pan, stir well so that they are all coated in the sticky, savory syrup, then serve with a comforting pile of sushi rice and perhaps some steamed baby bok choy or green veggies of your choice.

This post is linked to I Heart Cooking Clubs (IHCC), for the theme of this week "October Potluck"

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And I'm sharing this post with :
This post is linked to the event, Little Thumbs up organised by Doreen from my little favourite DIY and Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids, hosted by Mich of Piece of Cake at this post.

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  1. What a yummy teriyaki dish. Teriyaki has to be my favourite sauce to date.

  2. Gosh, I feel so hungry during rainy day especially I see this dish. I will eat 2 bowl of rice with this! hahaha

  3. Teriyaki chicken is a dish that is well known to everyone and in fact it is also so well received by everyone. I like dish that is simple and quick to prepare.

  4. slurp slurp!!! i can eat it on its own!!!!

  5. I cooked Teriyaki Chicken today but lack of time to take the pictures, bcos my children can't wait to have it !

  6. Hi Joyce, chicken teriyaki is a dish that I cook very often but I'm a bit lazy, only using the store-bought sweet teriyaki sauce to cook only. Yours will surely guarantee a much better recipe!

  7. Thanks for sharing, can't wait to make it.

  8. Guess what I just took out for dinner, Joyce? Yes indeed chicken. If I have all the ingredients, which I do think I do, I will be making these for dinner tonight! Marion will love it!

    Thank you so much for sharing...

  9. I love teriyaki sauce too, goes well with all sorts of meat!

  10. Chicken teriyaki looks simply inviting. Fast to cook and nice to eat as well.

  11. Oh yes, this dinner is definitely a winner for sure! Everyone in my house would love it. The sauce looks to be perfectly coating the chicken. Such a good pick for potluck week.

  12. Hi Joyce , got my bowl of rice , be right ouver for some yummy Teriyaki , lools so delicious , thanks for sharing :)

  13. Joyce, you did it again! Your chicken looks delicious! Love that gingerroot in it and thanks for the recipe! Have a good week, my friend!

  14. This is one of my favorite dishes. I haven't made it in a while and want to change that.

  15. Joyce this chicken look amazing!

  16. Joyce, your Teriyaki Chicken look so good! I would have a second helping of rice with it hah! hah!

  17. this looks so good! Nigella enjoys teriyaki chicken too apparently :)

  18. Your photos of this are wonderful. I'm going to need to find black soy sauce...always fun to locate and use a new ingredient. Nice choice for this week.

  19. Hi Joyce,

    We are never sick of Nigella and Donna Hay :p

    This Nigella's teriyaki chicken looks pretty Japanese!


  20. Another mouthwatering dish & I love chicken teriyaki too! YUM! ;)

  21. That chicken looks delicious - moist and perfectly glazed. My family would love this dish!

  22. joyce, you made them look even more appetising that the ones that i had at a restaurant...not kidding :D

  23. Very cool - something us parents and kids can agree on!

  24. I have bookmarked this one. Must have tasted wonderful.

  25. You have to love Nigella for quick and easy homey dinners. This one does look very family friendly! ;-)

  26. I haven't made many Nigella recipes. I think I need to change that! I like that the marinating time is only 15 minutes. Makes for a good weeknight meal. Thank you for linking this week, Joyce.

  27. Thanks for sharing this one, Joyce - I'm going to put this one on my menu for this week - I know it would be a huge hit around here. And I love that it's a quick and easy one to put together in the middle of the week.

  28. This looks so so good. Love dishes like this. Easy and tasty.

  29. Joyce,
    Your chicken teriyaki looks so inviting with your addition of black soy sauce.
    Can grab your plate over for supper