When it comes to Sweet Teriyaki Chicken + Broccoli, the possibilities are endless; with taste that is! Trust me, this recipe is better than take out and is made in less than 30 minutes. Much like Sesame chicken, this sweet teriyaki chicken and broccoli is smothered in a sweet + slightly tangy sauce, with hints of ginger, and topped with sesame seeds. Pure perfection!
Yes, ya’ll! I’ve decided to make my own take out and it was amazing! This recipe was fairly easy to make, except for the rice which was sushi rice and a little tricky to make at first. Have you ever made sushi rice from home? It’s super soft (almost slightly gooey), but it soaks up the teriyaki sauce REALLY well. I decided to purchase it and try it out for an upcoming recipe that will be featured for this month, however, I tested the texture and cook time with this recipe and it takes a bit of getting use to. Haha.
Firstly, you have to soak the rice in water for about 30 minutes before cooking it (after rinsing it). That’s a first for my rice cooking process, but hey! Then once it’s soaked, you have to cook it for about 20 minutes on low heat so that it simmers. Unlike most other rice, this rice actually doesn’t dry out quickly and it still looks pretty wet once done. That’s a bit confusing for those of us who are use to making other rices in a different way. Anyway, once it has cooked for 20 minutes, you have to let it sit on the stove (tightly covered with your pot’s lid) for another 10 minutes (with the heat off of course!), which I’m guessing activates something in the rice. Who knows! Haha. But it came out nicely, so I’m happy!
As far as the recipe goes, it’s pretty speedy once you’ve crossed the sushi rice hurdle (if you decide to make this type of rice anyway). You simply use teriyaki sauce, 2 large chicken breasts (diced into chunks), canola oil (for cooking), flour, 1 egg, corn starch, sesame seeds, a piece of ginger, green onions (scallion), honey, salt + pepper, and brown sugar.
The fun part about this recipe was using the chop sticks, however. It’s super hard to do and despite how easy it looks when someone who has mastered it makes it seem—it’s HARD! Haha. Have you ever tried eating with chop sticks?
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Sweet Teriyaki Chicken + Broccoli
- 2 large chicken breasts, cubed into medium chunks
- 1 Tbsp canola oil
- 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
- 2 Tbsps organic brown sugar
- pinch of salt + pepper
- 1/2 cup organic all-purpose flour
- 3 Tbsps honey
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 6 Tbsps cornstarch (Plus 2 Tbsps for sauce)
- 1 Tbsp finely minced ginger
- 2-3 Tbsps sesame seeds, garnish
- 2 medium broccoli heads, chopped + cooked (See Notes)
- green onions (scallion), optional
- 4 cups cooked rice (Use your own personal favorite; I used Sushi rice)
Whisk together the teriyaki sauce, honey, and sugar in a medium bowl. Set aside. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Heat the canola oil over medium-heat in a large skillet. Place the lightly beaten eggs, 6 Tbsps of corn starch, and all-purpose flour into 3 separate small bowls. Next, dip each chicken piece into egg mixture first, then flour (tossing it around to coat), and lastly in the corn starch (to fully coat some more). Repeat with each chicken piece until finished.
Add each chicken into the heated skillet (not too crowded) and cook, flipping them over to the opposite side after 3-4 minutes, until golden brown. Transfer cooked chicken pieces unto a baking sheet and place in the oven for another 10 minutes until fully cooked through and crisp.
First add minced ginger to skillet and let it sauté until fragrant. Next, add sauce (that was set aside earlier) to your skillet and bring to a boil. Whisk together warm water and 2 Tbsps of corn starch in a small cup, until corn starch is fully dissolved and add this mixture to your sauce. Stir until sauce thickens. Remove chicken pieces from oven and add them to the sauce, tossing until fully coated. Add cooked broccoli and toss again.
Remove from heat and serve over rice and top with sesame seeds and green onions, if desired.
Tips | Notes:
To cook broccoli: simply chopped broccoli into small-medium pieces and rinse. Add to boiling water for 5-6 minutes, then remove from heat and add them to a large bowl of ice cold water (with ice cubes included). **Doing so, allows the broccoli to retain their shape and not get too soggy too quickly.** After 2 minutes, remove them from cold water and add to sauce as stated in recipe's instructions.
Sweet Teriyaki Chicken + Broccoli.