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Sweet and salty flavors make this easy teriyaki chicken dinner a real winner
Chicken teriyaki is one of my favorite Japanese dishes because I love the contrast of the different flavors in one bite. It's hard to resist sweet-and-salty chicken browned to just the right shade and with the stickiness that makes it even better. And the sautéed lemon adds the perfect citrusy twist.
Pairing this chicken with miso rice is 100 times better than steamed white rice, because the miso complements the teriyaki flavor. It's a Japanese paste made of fermented soybeans (can also be rice, barley and other ingredients), salt and koji. Remember that with the three basic kinds of miso, the degree of saltiness varies. In this recipe, I used red, which is the saltiest. White is the least saltiest, and yellow is medium saltiness.
Using a sharp knife, make about 4 small, deep slits in the chicken.
In a medium bowl, combine the soy sauce, honey, mirin and pepper, and then marinate the chicken in it for about 2 hours (or more). While the chicken marinates, prepare the miso rice (see recipe below).
In a saucepan over medium heat with olive oil, brown the chicken on both sides. Discard the marinade. Quickly sauté the lemon slices with the chicken until they color.
Serve the chicken on top of the miso rice.
Miso rice recipe
There are three kinds of miso paste, with different degrees of saltiness. Red is the saltiest, so use more miso if using white or yellow.