Independent Living Resource Center of Wichita … Cooking For Me Classes
A Light and Fresh Japanese Meal
Chicken Teriyaki, Rice & Crunchy Cabbage Salad
Use a ready-made teriyaki sauce OR make your own lovely sauce. Mix these ingredients.
¼ cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon minced garlic*
1 tablespoon cooking oil
- Mix the sauce in a large plastic zip lock bag and add the chicken. Let the chicken marinate for 30 minutes or more or even overnight in the refrigerator.
1-2 lbs. boneless chicken pieces-thighs work well and cook quickly but breasts are good too
- When it’s time to cook, put 1 tablespoon cooking oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, lift the chicken out of the plastic bag and put the chicken in the skillet. Throw away the plastic bag and marinade.
- Cook the chicken for about 5-7 minutes on each side or until cooked through and the liquid is reduced to a glaze. Don’t overcook it.
- When the rice is cooked, transfer the chicken to a cutting board and let it rest for a few minutes. Cut into smaller pieces and serve.
- There are many ways to cook rice. Instant rice is easy and quick. Just follow the package directions. ‘Boil in the bag’ rice is easy too. Get a pot of water boiling, put in one bag of ‘Boil In The Bag’ rice. Let it cook for eight minutes. Take the bag out of the hot water with a fork. Use scissors to cut open the bag and pour it onto a plate. It’s ready to eat.
- A rice cooker is also easy
Rinse white rice grains with cold water.
Place 1 cup of rice in a rice cooker bowl.
Add 1 ½ cups of water.
Start cooking in the rice cooker. When rice finishes cooking, rice cooker will switch to ‘keep warm’ (after approx. 15 minutes). Allow rice to stand for 5 minutes with the lid closed before serving. [The general rule in using a rice cooker is 1 cup of dry rice to 2 cups of water. One cup of uncooked rice will equal approx. 3 cups of cooked rice.]
Crunchy Cabbage Salad
1 bag of coleslaw mix
Salad dressing of your choice OR make your own
Cole Slaw Dressing-mix together all these ingredients or shake them in a small jar
½ cup mayonnaise
1 & 1/2 tablespoons vinegar (apple cider or white vinegar is good)
2 teaspoons sugar
A dash of celery seeds
Salt & pepper to taste
Should chicken (poultry) be washed before it is cooked? No! If it is cooked properly the cooking process will kill any pathogens that might be present. Pathogens are microorganisms that can make you sick. Washing the chicken will splash water around that might contaminate your work surface, your hands, clothes and kitchen.
Rinsing rice before it is cooked helps to eliminate any pesticides.
Words To Know
Marinate/marinade– a liquid used in many cuisines to flavor and tenderize meats
lbs. means pound. A pound is 16 ounces
Pathogen-a very tiny germ, a microorganism that can cause disease.
Pesticides are chemicals put on growing plants to kill bugs, pests and weeds.
Approx. is a shorter way to say approximately. That means almost but not completely or exact.
To Taste– This means add this ingredient until it’s perfect for you. Maybe you don’t want salt or maybe you like a lot of salt. Add it until it tastes good to you.