Today’s nom nom can’t get any easier. But just because this is “easy” by no means it isn’t delicious or won’t impress even your native Japanese guests. This is one dish that will help erase that fear of Japanese cooking. I promise.
See? That is all we need. Tissue on the background not included – only for wiping your lips later!
- 300 g chicken thighs with skin, cut into bite size pieces
- 2 Tbsp cornstarch
- 2 Tbsp Japanese cooking rice wine (not on photo)
- oil (I used olive oil)
- 4 Tbsp Kikkoman Soy Sauce*
- 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice * (I used 1/2 medium sized lemon)
- 2 Tbsp sugar *
Combine ingredients marked with * in a separate small bowl.
1. Marinate the chicken pieces with a dash of rice wine, salt and pepper. Se aside for at least 10 minutes.
Note: Don’t add too much salt as this recipe has soy sauce which is already salty. Also, it is ok to leave the chicken marinated longer than 10 minutes. No need to fret here. I do not want to be the cause of heart attacks.
2. Coat the marinated chicken pieces with cornstarch.
Now, this is another stress occuring task but there’s a get around to it!
- Get a plastic bag and place the cornstarch there. Drain the chicken pieces and put them in the plastic bag too. Right, where the cornstarch is.
- Close the bag and gently squeeze in the chicken pieces with your hand from outside the plastic so they are evenly coated with the cornstarch.
3. Place oil in shallow fry pan. When it’s hot, bring the fire to medium and fry the chicken pieces.
4. Continue frying until all the chicken sides have turned brown. The skin should be crisp for that added ooomph factor later.
5. When the chicken has been thoroughly fried all over, remove excess oil.
6. Pour the sauce on the browned chicken and mix well. Note that there isn’t much oil left just before I pour the sauce!
7. Serve with lettuce, cucumber or any side vegetable you like. My husband eats them off from the frying pan.
The tangy taste of lemon makes a delicious twist for this simple teriyaki recipe. It’s even a good variation for the usual fried chicken. Good served with rice, by itself, to place in lunch boxes or accompanied with beer – if you’re 21 years or older!
Dozo, meshi agare (Enjoy your meal)!
UAE/Dubai residents can get various Japanese ingredients from the Japanese store, Dean’s Fujiya located near Lamcy Plaza in Bur Dubai. Telephone: 04-337-0401.