April 28, 2010
I love it when parents email or send me a message on Facebook asking me to make healthy versions of their family’s favorite recipes. Hands down, one of the most requested one is Chicken Teriyaki. I adore Chicken Teriyaki. What's not to adore? Teriyaki sauce's sweet and savory flavor is something that most kids enjoy, and adding it livens up the most simple of foods like salmon, vegetables and of course, chicken.
One of the biggest pitfalls of buying pre-made teriyaki sauce from the grocery is that most brands generally contain loads of corn syrup (a big no-no in my book!). I've been buying a corn syrup-free brand from Whole Foods for a long time, but it's expensive, and when you need a good amount of sauce to marinate the chicken, it's just not worth it. So, I decided to play around with the general flavors in teriyaki sauce (pineapple, soy and ginger) to see if I could produce a healthy version that still retained teriyaki's great taste. I can't believe how incredible the results were and once I found the right balance, it took me no time to throw the ingredients together.
I'm not sure if I've ever received as many "this is incredible!" responses from my informal tasting group as I did with this dish. Now I'm adding this recipe to my rotation. So for all of you who suggested it, thank you, and keep the ideas coming!