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Gluten-Free Family Favorites: Teriyaki Chicken

Teriyaki, a traditional Japanese dish, has a sweet and slightly salty flavor that kids love. The chicken has a beautiful sheen and the combination of soy, mirin, sesame and ginger forms the flavor foundation. Serve this recipe with rice and enjoy with the family.

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RECIPE: Teriyaki Chicken

Yields 4 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 boneless chicken thighs (1 pound/567 grams), trimmed of fat
  • ¼ cup (60 milliliters) sake
  • ¼ cup (60 milliliters) water
  • 3 tablespoons gluten-free tamari wheat-free low-sodium soy sauce or gluten-free soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons mirin*
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger (3/4-inch/2-centimeter piece)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated or minced
  • 1 bunch scallions, green part only, cut into 3-inch (8-centimeter) sections


  1. Heat the olive oil in a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook for about 5 minutes per side, until cooked through, being conscious not to move the chicken too much, allowing it to brown and develop great flavor.
  2. While the chicken is cooking, in a small bowl, combine the sake, water, soy sauce, mirin, sugar, ginger, sesame oil and garlic.
  3. Remove the chicken from the pan. Add the sauce to the pan, turn down the heat to low and simmer for 2 minutes. Return the chicken to the pan with the scallions and simmer, turning the chicken once to coat in the sauce, for an additional 5 minutes.

*If you cannot find mirin, substitute rice vinegar and increase the brown sugar to 3 tablespoons.

Kids can ...

  • Collect ingredients from the pantry and refrigerator
  • Measure ingredients
  • Place the ingredients in a bowl
  • Mix with a whisk, spoon, or fork

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To make this recipe ...


· Substitute coconut aminos for the soy sauce, or make your soy-free soy sauce (recipe also available in the book).

Vegetarian and vegan

· Substitute extra firm tofu, patted dry and diced, for the chicken.

Recipe from "Gluten-Free Family Favorites: The 75 Go-To Recipes You Need to Feed Kids and Adults All Day Every Day," copyright © Kelli and Peter Bronski, 2014. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment. Available wherever books are sold.

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