Homemade teriyaki sauce is a lot simpler than I was expecting it. I’ve made it 4 times so far, twice with beef and twice with chicken.
There are only 4 ingredients, in equal parts (I measure them with a shot glass which makes the perfect amount of sauce for one average sized package of stir fry beef or one serving of 2 chicken breasts):
Honey or Brown Sugar (more on this after the list)
A few notes: Honey makes a lighter sauce, and brown sugar makes a darker sauce. I’ve determined that honey is better for chicken and brown sugar for beef.
Mirin is a rice wine cooking sauce that can be found at an Asian market or at a relatively large supermarket, if they have a good international section.
Sake is great for cooking because you use two shot glasses…one for the meal and one for the cook. Amounts for the cook are up to the cook.
To make this is simple. Mix it together, and after browning your beef or cooking your cut up chicken, just pour it into the pan and let it boil off/reduce for a few minutes. BAM you have a glaze. Serve over rice for best results.
My favorite part is eating the rice that has the teriyaki sauce soaked into it. Sweet and delicious.
So I decided I would give this General Tso’s recipe a try. Took a little while to make, but was easier to cook than I was expecting.
2 Chicken Breasts
3 Tbs Corn Starch
2 Egg Whites
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Pepper
2 Tbs canola oil
1/2 Cup Water
1 Tbs Corn Starch
3 Tbs Hoisin Sauce
2 Tbs Soy Sauce
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar or Honey
3 Tbs Ketchup
1/4 tsp Dry Ginger
1/2 or 1 Tbs Crushed Red Pepper
Serve over rice and top with sesame seeds.
Here’s what I did:
Rinsed and pat dry the chicken. Cut into 1-inch cubes. Heat oil in frying pan. Whisk together the remaining non-sauce ingredients, add the chicken cubes and mix around. When coated, shake of excess and add to oil. Brown this coating on as many sides as you can, until chicken is cooked through. Remove chicken, drain oil, and set aside.
Mix sauce ingredients and add to hot pan. With the corn starch, this will thicken up pretty quickly. Then add the browned, crispy chicken and mix until heated up again. Pour over rice and top with sesame, and you’re done!
Some things I would like to change:
Next time I think I will cut the chicken into smaller, but longer strips. I would like the chicken to be a little more crispy than it was. Other than that, I would add a little more heat in terms of red pepper flakes, but that’s just personal preference. I think mixing up the sauce ingredients the day before would also allow more of the pepper flavor to soak into the sauce.
Also, I highly recommend this rice cooker I got on Amazon…it’s super easy. Dump 1 part rice to 2 parts water (up to 10 cups dry rice at a time) and press the button. 20 minutes later, you have that perfect chinese restaurant sticky rice. And it will keep it warm for hours.
Here’s the rice cooker.