Jan 21 2013

Chicken Teriyaki (Asami)






My name is Asami from Yokohama in Japan. I just recently joined the Alpha Dog Food blog as a new recruit and this is my first posting. Here in Japan, we also use food for love and romance – and we don’t mind being a little adventurous!

Thank you Kate for helping with my English. For this recipe I give you a very easy to make Chicken Teriyaki that will make a special supper for you and your lady. I really hope you enjoy it and I will make some more recipes for you soon.

If you are a lady, over 18, who would like to join the team and blog here, please see the ‘new recruits’ page in the links above.




The ingredients and measures below are plenty for two people. To make things easier, try to find chicken thighs that are already boned or ask your butcher to do it for you.

  • 4 boned chicken thighs (use breast if you prefer)
  • 1 garlic clove finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp sake
  • 2 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 tbsp light/medium soy sauce
  • 4 tbsp mirin
  • 2 tbsp of honey
  • sufficient noodles for 2 people


How To Cook It

If you haven’t already done so, remove the bones from the chicken thighs.

In a large bowl, mix together the honey, soy sauce, mirin, sake, ginger and garlic.

Place the chicken thighs in the marinade and mix/cover the meat thoroughly with the sauce. Transfer the chicken to the fridge for 1 hour.

When you are ready to cook the chicken, heat the vegetable oil in a wok or large frying pan. Dry the skin side of the chicken thighs on some kitchen paper, so the skin will crisp up when fried. Place the chicken thighs in the frying pan, skin side down, over a medium heat. Fry until the skin is browned. Depending on the size of your frying pan, you may need to fry the chicken in batches – don’t crowd the pan.

Turn down the heat to low, then turn the chicken over to fry the other side. Pour the sauce used to marinate the chicken into the pan. Simmer on a low heat for five minutes, then increase the temperature and cook until the sauce becomes thick.

Meanwhile, cook the noodles according to the instructions on the packet.


How To Serve It

Cut the chicken into slices and arrange on the plate next to a nest of noodles. Pour the thickened Teriyaki sauce onto the chicken. Garnish with a little raw chopped spring onion or mix a little sliced green cabbage into the noodles. This dish can look even more attractive on black plates if you have them.

If you have never tried it before, maybe serve with a small glass of Sake but otherwise, serve with a dry white wine such as Italian Frascati.




Chicken Teriyaki

Chicken Teriyaki


Dec 7 2012

Alpha Dog Food Christmas News (Kate)


Hi everyone. Just a quick note to let you know what’s happening in December and about our new recruit, Asami from Japan.

Next week, we start our run in to Christmas with seasonal recipes, ideal presents for the avid cook, places to eat and one or two other surprises. Expect a couple of posts a week for the rest of the month so please subscribe if you haven’t already done so and you won’t miss any new ones as they will be sent directly to you.

Our latest recruit is Asami  麻美  (picture below) from Yokohama in Japan. Asami means “morning beauty” in Japanese and she is going to pass on some Japanese recipes that are easy to cook. We hope to see Asami’s first blog post in January.




The only other thing I can say is a very Merry Christmas from all the girls here at Alpha Dog Food. Have a good one.


Merry Christmas!