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Teriyaki Chicken Tenders

One of my favorite mall food court meals is from the Chinese restaurant. Pizza is fine, and fries are always nice…but there’s nothing quite like getting that combo with two meats, fried rice, and an egg roll! These days I rarely go to the mall, and even more rarely go to the food court for my favorite treat. That’s why I needed to recreate that delicious Teriyaki chicken at home!

On this particular day, I didn’t go full “food court” and make the fried rice and egg roll. (You can check out one of my previous posts if you want to know how I make my fried rice at home.) This time I paired chicken tenders with green beans.

I preheated the oven at 400 degrees, and seasoned the chicken tenders with garlic salt, pepper, ground ginger, onion soup mix, and olive oil. Then I let the chicken bake for 25 minutes while I started on the beans.

I love using fresh green beans since they don’t take long to cook and they can be adapted almost any way you’d like! I love slightly crunchy, stir-fried green beans and country-style green beans prepared with smoked meat! You just can’t go wrong with green beans.

Sticking with the Chinese food flavors, I used similar seasonings for the green beans. I sauteed the beans in olive oil, then sprinkled seasoned salt, pepper, and a little garlic salt. Next, I added soy sauce and a little chicken broth. There shouldn’t be so much liquid that it covers the beans, but there should be enough for the flavor and moisture to be absorbed. The beans simmered for about 25-30 minutes…until tender.

Were you wondering where the teriyaki sauce came in? Don’t worry, I didn’t forget! I poured the sauce on the chicken just before the last 5 minutes. After the time expired, I turned off the oven and waited for the beans to finish.

Mmmm, look at that saucy goodness! Once I pulled the chicken out of the oven I spooned all the juices and sauce over the chicken to make this awesome glaze.

One word. Yum.

This meal was simple to prepare, but the flavors are complex. You should try it the next time you have a taste for Teriyaki Chicken!

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