When I was in high school, one of the cool things to do during lunch time was head over to the China Dragon across the street from the public library and get a teriyaki chicken and rice bowl for lunch. My most popular friend, Cameron, introduced me to the scrumptiously simple secret that was the rice bowl. Last night, as I was driving down the street, I looked up to see the familiar faded red dragon and suddenly, an uncontrollable craving for a chicken teriyaki bowl took over my entire being. I came to work this morning and immediately knew I had to recreate that sweetly glazed sticky chicken and rice in my very own kitchen. To check out the more grown up recipe - this is more than just chicken and rice drowned in teriyaki -
2 cups water
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup white rice
2 tablespoons black sesame seeds, toasted (white sesame seeds may be substituted)
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
Vegetable oil, for drizzling
Salt and pepper
1 cup chicken broth
1-inch ginger root, peeled and chopped
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup teriyaki sauce
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
4 scallions, thinly sliced
1 ripe pineapple (or 1 can fresh pineapple spears)
- Preheat a grill pan or large griddle over medium high heat.
- Bring water to a boil in a small covered pot. Add butter, salt and rice to the pot. Return the water to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and replace cover. Simmer 18 minutes and remove rice from heat. Take the lid off the pot to cool rice a bit.
- Sprinkle with black sesame seeds.
- While your rice is cooking, lightly coat chicken with oil, salt and pepper. Place chicken on hot grill and cook 6 minutes on the first side.
- While chicken is cooking, bring chicken broth and ginger to a boil. Stir in honey.
- When honey has dissolved into broth, add teriyaki sauce and sesame oil and reduce heat to simmer.
- Turn chicken and coat liberally with honey teriyaki sauce using a basting brush. Cook chicken 4 minutes, turn again and baste liberally again with sauce, then cook 2 minutes longer.
- Remove chicken to a plate. Garnish chicken with sliced scallions.
- While chicken cooks on the second side, peel and cut a ripe pineapple into 8 spears. Cut off top and bottom of pineapple. Set pineapple upright and trim away skin in strips from top to bottom. Halve pineapple lengthwise and quarter each 1/2, lengthwise. The core is edible, but may be trimmed if you wish. Pineapple can be very acidic. Spears set in cold water for just 1 minute will keep the fruit from stinging your lips when it is eaten.
- To serve place rice on a plate and top with chicken and pineapple spears. Alternately, slice chicken and pineapple into pieces, stir into rice.