Sake is not only fun to drink, but it works really well in a marinade. The flavor from the sake won't overpower the chicken but will enhance the flavor and help the soy sauce and ginger work its way into the meat. This is a perfect make ahead meal that can be combined and stored in a freezer back for up to one month. Simply thaw and grill.
- 4 large chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
- 1/4 cup/60 mL sake
- 1/4 cup/60 mL soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon/15 mL water
- 1 tablespoon (15 mL) sesame oil
- 2 teaspoons (10 mL) grated fresh ginger
- 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
- Remove any excess fat from the chicken breasts. Place one at a time on a cutting board lined with a long piece with plastic wrap. Cover breast with the leftover piece of plastic. Using a kitchen or rolling pin mallet, flatten chicken to uniform thickness of 1/2 inch thick. Repeat process with each breast. Once flattened, place into a resealable plastic bag. Use two bags if necessary.
- Combine sake, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, water and soy sauce in a small bowl.
- Pour the mixture over the chicken, making sure it is well coated. Seal bag and refrigerate for 2-4 hours.
- Preheat grill for medium-high heat.
- Remove chicken from bag, reserving marinade. Set chicken onto a clean plate. Place reserved marinade into a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer on low for 2-3 minutes and remove from heat.
- Place chicken onto grill and baste liberally with reserved marinade, and cook for 5-7 minutes.
- Turn chicken, baste, and allow to cook for another 6-8 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. Discard any remaining marinade.
- Once cooked, remove breasts from grill and place onto a platter and serve.
- If making ahead of time, follow chicken and marinade preparation instructions. Place breasts into a vacuum sealed bag and store in the freezer for up to 1 month or more. To cook, simply thaw package and grill as instructed.
|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Total Fat||21 g|
|Saturated Fat||5 g|
|Unsaturated Fat||8 g|
|Dietary Fiber||1 g|