Did we capture your attention yet? Good. One of my all-time favorite dishes which I find comforting and always satisfying is teriyaki, whether it be with chicken or beef. It’s just one of those simple meals that come with rice, veggies, and a side of grilled meat that is beautifully glazed with a teriyaki sauce. The sweet soy sauce flavors up the entire dish so you don’t need to add anything else to enjoy the meal. We made a teriyaki sauce that is infused with orange, garlic, and ginger and brushed it on top of our grilled chicken. It’s a perfect weeknight meal that also welcomes leftovers for the following day. It’s an easy recipe we created that will yield a nice batch of teriyaki sauce that you can pour on anything you want. So to my friends who keep complaining we post too many complicated dishes, this is for you.
In a saucepan, combine 4 sliced garlic cloves, 1 tbsp sliced ginger root, 1/4 cup mirin, 1 1/4 cup soy sauce, and 1 cup packed brown sugar.
Next, add 1 sliced orange. Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes on low heat. Then, remove the orange slices. If you want to gain more orange flavor, use a wooden spoon to squeeze some juices out before discarding. Another option is to use orange juice or squeeze an orange into the sauce instead of putting in the slices (although it makes for a great photo op!).
Meanwhile, grill the chicken - either in a pan like we did, or on a grill.
In a bowl, mix together 1/2 cup water and 3 tbsp cornstarch to make a slurry. Then slowly pour in the mixture to the saucepan and bring back to a boil and then simmer for 5 minutes over low heat until sauce thickens. Remove from heat and let cool and the sauce will continue to thicken. Be careful not to cook it too long or it will burn and become bitter.
Brush the chicken with the Orange-Infused Teriyaki Sauce and serve with your favorite vegetables and rice. We prefer brown rice. The consistency was perfect and the flavor had a nice hint of orange and ginger. This is a perfect glaze to go on top of meat that you don't have time to marinate or unsure of how to season. Since teriyaki in general is so popular, you'll be sure to please yourself and those who get to try your cooking. Enjoy the recipe!
To view or print-out this recipe, click here: Orange-Infused Teriyaki Chicken