Try This Delicious Teriyaki Chicken Stir-Fry For Dinner Tonight…
If you’re a lover of sweet and sour foods, you’ve likely found yourself indulging in teriyaki recipes from time to time.
This classic sauce is very versatile and can be used on steak, chicken, salmon – or anything else you desire.
The only problem? It’s typically made with a whole lot of sugar, which isn’t going to be healthy for anyone’s diet plan.
Loaded with calories, this dish should typically be passed up by anyone who’s interested in eating healthy.
Fortunately, the recipe can undergo a make-over, making it one that you can feel confident you can indulge in while sticking with your diet plan. The key is a few ingredient swaps that will make it more manageable.
The Ingredient Swaps
To help make your Teriyaki recipe a diet-friendly version, you’ll need to find a replacement for the classic brown sugar that’s called for and also reduce the need for high sugar ketchup as well.
While you will find many varieties of Teriyaki recipes out there, most do call for these two ingredients – or similar ingredients that will provide the same sort of nutritional profile.
In the recipe you’ll find below, Stevia powder is used rather than brown sugar, which means the recipe won’t be quite as thick as the normal recipe would, but for the calorie and sugar savings, it’ll be one trade-off you’ll want to make.
Likewise, the traditional high sodium soy sauce is replaced with a lower sodium variety, ensuring that you keep your overall sodium content in check.
Classic teriyaki can be very high in salt, making it a poor choice for anyone with heart concerns.
Making It Even Healthier
To make this recipe even healthier, you’ll be serving it stir-fry style.
This makes it easy to meet your vegetable requirements for the day, getting in the fibre you need to keep your heart health in check and hunger low.
The stir-fry can be served on its own if you’re watching your calorie intake or it can be served over a bed of brown rice if you can afford a little more carbs in your diet plan.
Keep in mind you can add in any other vegetables desired that aren’t called for and swap out the chicken for other meat sources such as beef or shrimp instead.
This makes it highly versatile and an easy fit no matter what your taste preferences happen to be.
Chicken Teriyaki Recipe
(Makes 2 servings)
2, 3 oz. chicken breasts, cut into strips
1 tbsp. coconut oil
1 cup broccoli florets
1 large sliced carrot
1 red pepper, sliced
1 yellow pepper, sliced
½ onion, cut into thin rings
½ cup pineapple pieces, juice removed
¼ cup low sugar ketchup
¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
¼ cup white vinegar
¼ cup powdered stevia
2 tbsp. onion soup mix powder
Begin by heating a non-stick skillet over medium heat with the coconut oil. Once bubbling, add in chicken breast and sauté for 1-2 minutes. Next, add in the vegetables and cook for another 2-3 minutes or until they’re tender and chicken is no longer pink.
Meanwhile, in another bowl, combining ketchup, soy sauce, vinegar, Stevia, and onion soup mix powder until well blended. Pour into the skillet and then coat all the ingredients. Turn down the heat, add the pineapple, and cook for another minute or two to allow flavors to blend.
So try this recipe out next time you’re looking for a healthy meal to prepare when you have a craving for teriyaki.