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Best Teriyaki Marinade for Teriyaki Menu

What Makes the Best Teriyaki Marinade

Teriyaki marinade is so versatile that it goes with nearly everything – chicken, lamb, pork, beef, tofu, fish, and much more. It has been used for cooking around Pacific Asia for centuries and now it has made its way to the states. Restaurants all over the world are serving teriyaki meals since the times before World War II.

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Millions of people around the world enjoy teriyaki flavor and aroma calling teriyaki meals their favorite. What makes Asian-inspired teriyaki meals so special and popular? Once tried, people can become addicted to teriyaki meals and they will search for it everywhere.

Teriyaki marinade is the basis for any teriyaki meal. The marinade gives chicken, pork, lamb, fish, or tofu its specific and famous teriyaki flavor and aroma. If the teriyaki marinade is cooked properly, the whole teriyaki meal will taste delicious. Let us learn more about teriyaki marinade.

Speaking about the best teriyaki marinade let us agree on the criteria:

 1. Taste qualities

The first idea that comes to my mind when I think of the best teriyaki marinade is its original taste. Whenever people order teriyaki meals at the restaurant, in most cases, they know exactly how it should taste, and it is extremely important to meet their expectations.

We follow the original Japanese recipe for our teriyaki marinade to provide our guests with a satisfying gastronomic experience. The word teriyaki cooking technique was developed in the 17th century in Japan and it is being served in restaurants all over the world for decades.

The term teri in teriyaki refers to the aesthetic shine of the sauce, while yaki refers to the grilling method.


2. High-quality ingredients

While making teriyaki marinade, we use the highest quality ingredients, such as soy sauce, brown sugar, white vinegar, vegetable oil, green onions, garlic, and our secret ingredient.

Selecting products of the highest quality, we ensure that the teriyaki marinade used in our teriyaki menu will provide our guests with a satisfying experience.


3.    Correct recipe

Simply knowing the full list of the ingredients is not enough to make the best teriyaki marinade. Keeping the correct proportion of the ingredients is the secret to the best teriyaki marinade.

Following the original Japanese recipe, our chef puts the ideal amount of each ingredient to excite our guests with a balanced teriyaki flavor and aroma.


4.    Versatility

Our teriyaki sauce is so versatile that it goes with nearly everything – chicken, tofu, fish (especially salmon), pork, beef, lamb, and more.

When you order a menu item with teriyaki sauce in our restaurant you will have a quick, fresh, and satisfying experience.


5.    Lasting period of use

Finally, and just as important is the period of use of the teriyaki marinade. When using teriyaki marinade at home, it can be used immediately or stored in a refrigerator for 6 to 7 days without losing its taste qualities. Just make sure to cover it tightly with plastic wrap, or in an airtight container.

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The best teriyaki sauce can be made just with several ingredients that you may have on hand – soy sauce, brown sugar (or honey), garlic, ginger, sesame oil, mirin (or sake). By simply adding a little bit of cornstarch, water, and heat to the teriyaki marinade and you will get the best teriyaki sauce.

How to make the best teriyaki sauce at home

As a first step combine the soy sauce, brown sugar (or honey), garlic, ginger, sesame oil, mirin, and water mixed with cornstarch together in a bowl. Then transfer the mixture to a small saucepan and simmer for 4-5 minutes until thickened.

Enjoy the best teriyaki sauce!

You can use the best teriyaki sauce immediately or store it in the fridge for up to 6-7 days. And the flavor will become even richer over time.

Cooking the best teriyaki sauce at home will take less than 10 minutes. It is quick, fresh, and satisfying, without any fillers or other junk ingredients. From now on, forget about using store-bought teriyaki sauces again!

The thickened sauce can be brushed onto grilled or baked meat, fish, or tofu. Teriyaki sauce has been used for cooking around the Pacific Asia for centuries. The best teriyaki sauce has been served in restaurants around the world for many, many years, and people love its aroma.

How to Marinate Your Chicken Using Teriyaki Sauce

When preparing to marinate chicken in teriyaki marinade, you need to select proper chicken pieces for it first. While chicken thighs, wings, and even drumsticks can be marinated with teriyaki, the chicken breast is probably the most common and most preferred selection of chicken.

One 8 to the 9 ounce chicken breast will be needed for two servings. If you want to cook for 4 people, use two 8-ounce breasts. You can always cut larger breasts into individual servings or grill extra to set aside for later in the week.

Cut 8-ounce chicken breasts in half before cooking. Place chicken in a shallow dish or sealable plastic bag. Add teriyaki marinade, seal the plastic bag and shake to coat. Then put the chicken meat in teriyaki marinade in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour up to 12 hours.

After this, remove the marinade. Your chicken is marinated and ready to be grilled or fried. You can toss your chicken onto the grill, cook in a skillet, bake or transfer chicken with marinade to a slow cooker.

We serve teriyaki chicken with stir-fried veggies (broccoli, cabbage, and carrot), sesame seeds, and our signature teriyaki sauce. If you’re not interested in cooking it yourself at home, we can take care of that for you. Our family-size chicken teriyaki can feed just about any crowd.

You will find meats and proteins that pair well with the best teriyaki sauce in our restaurant. Imagine that you can find the great flavor of teriyaki sauce in your town. We will be your guide to great Asian-inspired teriyaki meals.

Tips and Nutritional Facts of a Teriyaki Chicken Meal

If you are going to make a homemade teriyaki chicken meal, you will find dozens of teriyaki recipes online. Feel free to experiment with different recipes to find which fits your palate to create your own versatile teriyaki chicken meal. However, we will give you some tips on how to succeed in cooking your teriyaki meals.

Teriyaki chicken is so versatile that it can be served with some steamed vegetables, as a filling to a sandwich, or on its own as a dinner snack. It can also be a fancy main course for dinner when served with some steamed white rice.

Suggested Preparation Steps

Let’s imagine that you have gathered all the ingredients for your homemade teriyaki chicken meal, so what’s next?

Well, as your first step, prepare the chicken breasts for cooking. Cut the breasts into thin strips.

Then you will need a bowl to put your chicken breasts in it. Add flour, salt, pepper, and mix them well. Now toss the chicken well to make sure that it is fully coated with the dry flour mixture.

Attention! Do not add any water or other liquid! We need a dry flour coating on the chicken!

When chicken is coated with the dry flour mixture, heat vegetable oil on the frying pan on medium heat, and add the pieces of chicken in the oil one by one. Fry the chicken on one side until it becomes golden, and then flip it to the other side.

Now take your golden chicken pieces out of the frying pan and put them on the plate covered with the paper towel to soak up the excess oil. Discard dry flour mixture leftover if any.

Then use the same pan with vegetable oil on low heat, add soy sauce and brown sugar (can be replaced with honey to your preferences). Stir the ingredients well. This combination should be cooked for another minute. You can add some salt to your taste.

Now it is time to put the chicken in this best teriyaki sauce and cook for approximately 4 minutes. Keep cooking the chicken until completely coated with the thickened sauce. In case the sauce is still thin, you can simmer it while frequently stirring until it reaches medium consistency.

In the end, pour the remains of the thick teriyaki sauce over the chicken. Sprinkle sesame seeds on the chicken and add some sesame oil to your taste. Your teriyaki chicken meal is ready! Serve it with steamed vegetables or white rice according to your taste and preferences.

Enjoy your homemade teriyaki chicken meal!

Nutrition Facts about Teriyaki Chicken

Let us have a look at some nutrition facts about teriyaki chicken. One 4-ounce portion of teriyaki chicken typically contains 130 calories, 5 gr of carbs (16%), 4 gr of fats (28%), and 18 gr of proteins (56%).

Of course this varies among portion sizes, preparations, and ingredients. Grilling or baking the chicken instead of frying it will make it a healthier option. And since teriyaki is so versatile, you can a wide variety of vegetables to add in extra vitamins and minerals. Kids love chicken teriyaki and usually don’t mind eating carrots, mushrooms, and other veggies when they’re covered in teriyaki sauce.

So here at Char’d Kitchen, we will become your newest teriyaki house in Texas! Providing you with meats and proteins that pair well with that delicious teriyaki sauce. Imagine one place where you can find the great flavor of teriyaki sauce right here in your own town. We will be your “go-to” spot when it comes to great Asian-inspired teriyaki meals.

So, what are you still waiting for? Get your order now from the newest teriyaki house in Texas!

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