Monday, March 16, 2009

Simple Teriyaki Chicken

I decided to make something really simple but yummy for dinner tonight. A simplified version of Teriyaki Chicken with Steamed Broccoli and Instant Sesame Chicken Flavored Whole Grain Rice. It doesn't really take much time to prepare, in fact, two sides can be made in minutes.
First, you would need some chicken drumsticks. I would usually debone the drumsticks, it cooks faster and it's easier to eat.
This is what it looks like after deboning. A nice flat piece of meat, with some skin on the top. You can remove the skin if you wish but we like the nice crispy skin once it's done :P

Put the chicken in a Ziploc bag and marinade it with Teriyaki sauce. You would need to marinade it for at least a couple of hours for it to be fully marinated. I would usually just leave overnight in the refrigerator.

Cut up two onions and lay them at the bottom of a baking pan.

Place the chicken, skin side up, on top of the onions. Apart from letting the flavor from the onions infuse into the chicken pieces while it's cooking, it is also to prevent the bottom of the chicken from burning while it's in the oven. It also allows the juices from the chicken to drip down to the bottom of the pan, thus allowing the chicken to be dry and not soak in it's own fatand juices. Place it in a preheated 375F oven for 20 mins.

While the chicken is in the oven, we can prepare the sauce that we will use to baste the chicken later on. Mix some dark brown sugar and teriyaki sauce in a small bowl.

Add in some water and mix it all up well.

After 20 mins, remove the chicken from the oven and bast it with the sauce. Return the chicken to the oven for another 20 minutes.

While the chicken is in the oven, you can start preparing the sides. I love this Lipton Instant Sesame Chicken Whole Grain Rice. All you need to do is add 2 and a half cups of water to the mix and put it in the microwave for 15 minutes. Take it out, stir and let it stand for 2 minutes. One side dish is done! For the broccoli, I would just steam it and mix it with a lil bit of butter. Voila! That's done too.

After the 20 minutes is up, take out the chicken from the oven and it should be done. Serve it while it's still warm and while the skin is still crispy.

There you go! A simple home made dinner. Teriyaki Chicken with Whole Grain Rice and Steamed Broccoli.

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