Friday, June 17, 2011

Grilled Teriyaki Chicken

I think the worst time of day during the summer is right around four o'clock; the kids are starting to get hungry and my husband will be home soon. For some reason they think they need to eat dinner. I don't get it! ;) We play hard usually swimming at some point in the day. By four, I'm tired and want to veg out. But being a wife/mom never ends. This is the time to decide what to make for dinner. I hate it. Sure we've tried a menu, I even spent a day making freezer meals for a month. There are still those times that you see a head of lettuce that needs to be used and you didn't pull any meat from the freezer. You're left wondering how to make a meal out of what you have. That's where I'm at today. I've been to the gym, took the kids swimming, did a little housework and I'm beat! Luckily, the hubs won't want dinner until later after he hits the gym and our kids are spoiled and never eat what we eat so I have time to thaw some chicken. That's where this little concoction comes from today; I needed something easy but still delicious!
I'm going to post this recipe just as I made it. We're putting the chicken in a salad and neither of us like a ton of meat, so I made one chicken breast. It will be very easy to adjust for more meat.
What you need:
1 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast (Really any piece of chicken is fine)
1 c Sprite (Yes the soda)
1/4 c Teriyaki Sauce
1/8 c Soy Sauce (We use low sodium)
1/2 T Brown Sugar
The final four ingredients aren't necessary. They add a little extra flavor that we enjoy, but we always have them on hand.
1 T Seasoned Rice Vinegar
1/2 t Sesame Oil
Small chunk of peeled and sliced Ginger Root
1 Shake of White Sesame Seeds plus more for Grilling
  • Put all ingredients in a bowl stir to combine.
  • Marinate at least 30 minutes. Refrigerate if marinading for an extended amount of time. The longer you let the chicken marinate, the better flavor you'll have.
  • Place on a hot BBQ grill. Grill until internal temperature reaches 190 degrees. You can do this inside with a fry pan, griddle, broil in the oven or even bake. Whatever you have.
I said earlier we're having this on salad. I'm going to cut some Romaine Lettuce and Spinach leaves, chop the chicken up, throw in some bell peppers, olives and add some Litehouse Toasted Sesame Ginger Dressing. Another good option is to make rice bowls. Cook rice how you like add the chicken with a little Teriyaki sauce and your favorite steamed veggies. Or eat the chicken as the main dish with french bread and the grilled corn Erica showed us. Enjoy!


Sunny Vanilla said...

Looks good! I'm likin' the brown sugar and Sprite!!! I'd never think about putting that in the mixture. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

This looks awesome! I would love it if you came over and linked up to Cast Party Wednesday. I have a great collection of recipes going and yours would be a PERFECT addition!
I hope to see you there!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your yummy recipe with us at Cast Party Wednesday. I hope you come back and visit us tomorrow.
Thanks again.
I hope to see you there!