Saturday, October 20, 2012

Chicken Teriyaki with Green Beans and Baby Corn and Happy Durga Pujo

".. Na dhaker awaj na parar pandel er gaan.... Muted panchami!!!! Missing Kolkata...!!!!.." says the FB status of my friend. And I echo her sentiments completely. Its Panchami today. The fifth day of Durga Puja and the only sound I hear is that of my dishwasher. As I sit continent apart from my hometown gazing at the beautiful fall colors from my window, I terribly miss that Dhak (kind of an Indian Drum and integral part of Durga Puja. More information here) and even the loudspeakers of my neighborhood pujo belting out one Bollywood song after the other, that I once hated.


Today is a very gloomy day here with scattered showers. I am in a pensive mood and the weather is not helping me either. The view from my window was the only saving grace which stopped my from sulking further and prompted me to take my camera and click a few shots. The camera reminded me of food, Durga Puja reminded me of food and my cousin just posted on FB that she is having dinner at my favorite Chinese joint in Kolkata. Innocent status updates can be so cruel at times!

I had already planned to make chicken noodles for dinner tonight but now after all the calls back home I wanted to make my dinner more festive. Few weeks earlier, I had seen Nigella Lawsaon make an express Chicken Teriyaki and I wanted to try it ASAP.

You can always get Teriyaki sauce in a bottle. Warm around half a cup of store bought Teriyaki sauce, diluted with one forth cup of water. Toss in some diced cooked chicken (boiled/ baked or fried). Cook till the sauce thickens and coats the chicken. Express Chicken Teriyaki served! Well that's for weeknights; for my first Durga Pujo in the US, I am ready to walk an extra mile!


We have been recently introduced to authentic Japanese cuisine and we don't seem to have enough of it. Sam love his Sake and Shochu. Sid's new favorite is Miso Soup and Ramen Noodles. And I am fantasizing about the melt-in-the-mouth Sashimi platter as I write about them. My or rather Nigella's Chicken Teriyaki recipe uses two very important Japanese ingredient, Sake (Rice Wine) and Mirin (Sweet Rice Wine). Even a month ago I would have thought twice before buying a Sake or a Mirin but not anymore; they are a part of my "pantry family" now along with Sesame Oil, Tahini, Olives, Cumin Powder and Hing!



Combine Sake, Mirin, Soy Sauce, Brown Sugar, freshly grated Ginger and Sesame Oil to make a marinade. Steep the chicken chunks in the marinade for 15 to 30 minutes.


Heat a tablespoon of oil in a non stick pan and pan fry the chicken pieces, with out the marinade till nearly cooked and beautifully bronzed on both sides.


Remove from the pan and set aside.


Add the marinade to the pan and let it cook on medium heat till bubbly and thickened.


Add the fried chicken pieces back to the sauce and give a good toss.


Add a hand fill of blanched green beans and a drained can of baby corn to the chicken pieces.


Give it a good toss, so that the sauce coats the vegetables properly.


Chicken Teriyaki is served!

Recipe Snapshot:


What I used:
Chicken - 1 lb, prefeably thighs, cut into chunks
Sake - 3 tbsp
Mirin - ¼ cup
Soy Sauce - ¼ cup
Brown Sugar - 1 tsp
Freshly grated Ginger - 2 tsp
Sesame Oil - a splash (10 drops approx)
Green Beans - 1 cup, blanched
Baby corn - 1 can drained
Vegetable/ Canola Oil - 1 tbsp

What I did:

1. Combine Sake, Mirin, Soy Sauce, Brown Sugar, freshly grated Ginger and Sesame Oil to make a marinade. Steep the chicken chunks in the marinade for 15 to 30 minutes.

2. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a non stick pan and pan fry the chicken pieces, with out the marinade till nearly cooked and beautifully bronzed on both sides.

3. Add the marinade to the pan and let it cook on medium heat till bubbly and thickened.

4. Add the fried chicken pieces back to the sauce and give a good toss.

5. Add a hand fill of blanched green beans and a drained can of baby corn to the chicken pieces.

6. Give it a good toss, so that the sauce coats the vegetables properly. Chicken Teriyaki is served!


I served it along some stir fried noodles with loads of vegetables. I had used whole grain Thin Spaghetti instead of egg noodles, to make it more healthy.


From scratch; from bottle or even take out, what ever the source might be, do try Chicken Teriyaki this Durga Pujo. Have a wonderful one!

2 comments:

  1. Delicious and yummy looking Chicken Teriaki. Happy Durga Pujo to you and your family.
    Deepa

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    1. Thanks Deepa... Hope you had a lovely time this Puja

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