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  • Honey Teriyaki Chicken With Pineapple Spears And Rice Balls

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    Ingredients

    • 2 c. water
    • 1 Tbsp. butter
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1 x rounded c. white rice
    • 2 Tbsp. black sesame seeds (toasted white sesame seeds may be substituted)
    • 4 x boneless skinless chicken breasts
    • 4 x boneless skinless chicken thighs Vegetable oil for drizzling Salt to taste Freshly-grnd black pepper to taste
    • 1 c. chicken broth (or possibly water)
    • 1 piece ginger root - (1") peeled, minced
    • 1/4 c. honey
    • 1/2 c. teriyaki sauce
    • 1 Tbsp. toasted sesame oil
    • 4 x scallions thinly sliced
    • 1 x ripe pineapple

    Directions

    1. Preheat a grill pan or possibly large griddle over medium-high heat.
    2. Bring water to a boil in a small covered pot. Add in butter, salt and rice to the pot. Return the water to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and replace cover. Simmer 18 min and remove rice from heat. Take the lid off the pot to cold rice a bit.
    3. Scoop rice into balls with an ice cream scoop and your hands. Dampen hands with water to work with rice if it is very sticky. Set rice balls on a plate and sprinkle with black sesame seeds.
    4. While your rice is cooking, lightly coat chicken with oil, salt and pepper. Place chicken on warm grill and cook 6 min on the first side.
    5. While chicken is cooking, bring chicken broth and ginger to a boil. Stir in honey. When honey has dissolved into broth, add in teriyaki sauce and sesame oil and reduce heat to simmer.
    6. Turn chicken and coat liberally with honey teriyaki sauce using a basting brush. Cook chicken 4 min, turn again and baste liberally again with sauce, then cook 2 min longer. Remove chicken to a plate. Garnish chicken with sliced scallions.
    7. While chicken cooks on the second side, peel and cut a ripe pineapple into 8 spears. Cut off top and bottom of pineapple. Set pineapple upright and trim away skin in strips from top to bottom. Halve pineapple lengthwise and quarter each 1/2, lengthwise. The core is edible, but may be trimmed if you wish. Pineapple can be very acidic. Spears set in cool water for just 1 minute will keep the fruit from stinging your lips when it is eaten. Serve with chicken and rice balls.
    8. This recipe yields 4 servings.

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