Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Quick Chicken Teriyaki

Ok- are you ready for the simplest, quickest, most amazing flavor pay-off dinner ever?!!!
I have been really into chicken thighs lately.  They're cheap, they're tasty, and super versatile.  I really like boneless, skinless chicken thighs unless I'm planning on roasting.  So I had a bunch in my freezer I needed to use up and that's how I stumbled upon this great and light recipe! It's from Ellie Krieger who has a healthy food cooking show on the Food Network.  It's also great in that I have all these ingredients on hand most of the time.  I was really surprised how good this was...totally understand why this has 5 star rating and a gazillion billion reviews.

Quick Chicken Teriyaki
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/4 c. low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tbs. brown sugar
  • 2 tbs. dry sherry
  • 2 tbs. rice vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. fresh grated ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp. sesame seeds, roasted
  • 1/4 c. chopped green onions
Directions
  1. Combine soy sauce, brown sugar, dry sherry, rice vinegar, garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes in a bowl and stir until sugar is dissolved.  Transfer to a bag and add chicken.  Allow to marinate in the fridge for 1-4 hours
  2. Broil until brown and crispy, about 8-10 minutes.  Turn chicken and allow to cook until done, about 8 more minutes.  Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions.  Serve over rice.
Easiest Dinner, Ever
Since that was so tasty and delicious, I decided to try a slow cooker version of this I found on Pinterest.  I like the original better, but this was easy and fun to make too.  It actually is more work than the first, though.

Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki
Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 c. honey
  • 1/4 c. soy sauce
  • 1/2 c. diced onion
  • 1/2. c. canned tomato sauce
  • 2 tsp. cider vinegar
  • 1 tbs. vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbs. cornstarch
  • 1 tsp. seasme oil
  • roasted sesame seeds
  • chopped scallions, for garnish

Directions:

  1. Seoson both sides of chicken with a little salt and pepper and place in slow cooker
  2. Combine honey, soy sauce, onion, tomato sauce, vinegar, oil, garlic and pepper flakes in a small bowl.  Poor over chicken and cook on low for 2-3 hours or high 1 hour, until chicken is done, tender and pulls apart easily.
  3. Remove chicken from slow cooker.  Make a cornstarch slurry with 1/3 c. water and pour this into the sauce remaining in the slow cooker.  Allow the sauce to cook on high for 10 minutes or until slightly thickened.  Toss chicken in the sauce and serve over rice.  Sprinkle with sesame seeds and scallions.  

Crock Pot version