Oven-Baked Teriyaki Chicken

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This easy dish lets you throw a bunch of things together and presto! Out comes a meal! What’s not to love? Plus it’s something you wouldn’t expect: teriyaki chicken. Most teriyaki chicken recipes require you to cook the chicken, then the veggies, and then the rice, usually separately. Although that’s not hard, sometimes you don’t feel like standing over the stove. This recipe doesn’t require you to. Instead, you can prop your feet up and relax while it bakes in the oven. It’s also healthy and a good way to eat your veggies.

There’s a little prep required. In addition to chopping up some veggies, you’ll need to grate some ginger.

I know what you’re thinking. How do I peel this darn this before I grate it? OK, maybe you weren’t thinking that, but you could have been. Let’s go with it.

There are a couple easy tricks. If you want to mince ginger, scrap a spoon along the skin and it peels right off. For this recipe, you need grated ginger so just grate it using a fine shredder. It’ll remove the skin and fibers, leaving you with a pile of pure ginger. Super easy. No peeling required.

You’ll also need to chop up chicken into cubes. Using boneless, skinless chicken is the easiest.

Whisk together your sauce and add the chicken. Throw your raw rice into a 9×13 casserole pan and pour the chicken mixture on top. All the ingredients will end up where they should, but it’s a good idea to spread out your chicken evenly.

Pile your veggies on top. I love veggies. Yes, I’m weird. The more veggies, the better. I used a lot so that it covers the entire casserole dish. Don’t feel like you have to do this. I used red onions, broccoli, and red peppers, but you can use any veggie you prefer.

Cover it with foil, pop it into the oven, and kick back. Play a word game. Chat with a friend. Watch Queer Eye. You’ll need to pause after 25 minutes to briefly remove the foil, but then go back to your “me” time. Assuming you don’t have a kid chanting “Mom…Mom…Mom….”

After another 20-25 minutes, pull out the dish. You shouldn’t see any liquid and the rice will be tender. The veggies should still retain most of their color. You don’t want mushy, overcooked veggies. If that’s what you’re used to, no wonder you don’t like vegetables.

I like to mix it all up and then serve it in a bowl, topped with green onions. Pardon my bowl choice. My pasta bowls were clean. My pretty white bowls were not. Oh well. Life goes on. It all tastes good regardless. 🙂

Oven-Baked Teriyaki Chicken

Ingredients

  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons ginger grated
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast cubed
  • 1 1/2 cups raw jasmine rice or any other white rice
  • 1 red onion sliced
  • 3 cups broccoli cut into florets
  • 2 red bell peppers sliced
  • 3 green onions white parts, sliced

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425F. Spray a 9×13 inch casserole pan with nonstick spray.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the chicken broth, teriyaki sauce, water, sesame oil, ginger, and garlic. Add the chicken and stir to coat.
  • Spread the rice evenly in the bottom of the pan. Pour the chicken mixture over the rice, making sure the chicken is evenly distributed. Top with onion, broccoli, and peppers evenly.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Remove the foil and bake until the sauce has thickened, the rice is tender, and the chicken is cooked through, about 20-25 minutes.
  • Let it sit for another 5 minutes before serving to allow for the rice to absorb any additional moisture.
  • Mix and serve topped with sliced green onions.
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