A totally simple meal that makes the kids happy but takes zero cooking skill to actually make.
I wish that I could tell you that I never cheat in the kitchen but sometimes life gets too busy to prep every meal from scratch.
Honestly, every parent has those handful of stupidly simple recipes that we whip out when we are desperate to get dinner on the table before you completely run out of steam or when you need dinner to basically cook its self while you work on something else.
(I usually use about a 1/2 pound of chicken per person and I usually have enough left over for a lunch.)
Cut the breasts into bite sized cubes or strips, if you prefer. Toss the chicken into a large Ziploc baggie.
Now here’s where it gets tricky…
Open the jar of teriyaki sauce and pour enough sauce in to cover your chicken pieces.
Our favorite cheater sauce to use is Kikkoman Takumi Collection Original Teriyaki Sauce. We have tried a lot of sauces to arrive at this decision. It has a nice balance of garlic, ginger, onion and sesame seeds too, which makes it much more flavorful in the end. They aren’t paying me to say nice things, we just really like it.
If you are going to be awesome and want to venture off into homemade teriyaki sauce territory, this recipe is wonderful-Healthy Teriyaki Sauce w/ Tamari from Wake the Wolves.
Technically, that really isn’t cheating anymore if you are making your own sauce but it is awesome and equally tasty so I wont judge you. 😉
Stick the chicken back into the fridge until you are ready to cook it.
I usually cut up my chicken the night before, pop it in the sauce and have it waiting for me in the fridge when we dash in the door to get dinner going.
Preheat your oven to 350.
Pour the chicken with the teriyaki sauce into a oven safe dish (*See note below) and stick it in the oven for 45 minutes.
You can toss some pineapple, bell peppers or sweet onion in with the saucy chicken to cook together, if you are so inclined. It does add some extra layers of flavor and veggies on your plate but you may go right ahead and make it with just sauce and chicken. It will still turn out delicious.
*Teriyaki sauce turns to a cement in your pan after it cooks and cools.
Our Dollar Tree has toss away lasagna pans 2 for $1.00 so it is totally worth the fifty cents spent to NOT scrub my nice casserole dish for twenty minutes. You don’t have to be lazy like me but I thought I’d give you the tip since you are reading a “cheater” recipe and all. 😉
My people usually like a side of broccoli or stir fry veggies with jasmine rice or quinoa fried rice.
You have a meal that is yummy, easy and totally budget friendly!