I think kids have a natural-born radar for sweets. The other day I was enjoying a homemade rice krispie treat and Firecracker walked over to me and took a bite of it right out of my hand. Now, he’s never seen a rice krispie treat before, how was he to know what it was?! He wouldn’t have done the same thing if it were celery in my hand instead. I was highly amused and slightly baffled.
While I’m on that note: Can someone please explain to me why if it comes out of a package or box my 2 year old will devour it?
As is normally the case if it comes from a restaurant. Chicken Teriyaki from the mall food court, perfect. Chicken Teriyaki made by Mom, no thanks. Maybe he sensed that the chicken wasn’t battered and fried…? My 8 month old enjoyed it at any rate. I think my husband enjoyed it most of all, if only just for the excuse to use his Darth Vader Lightsaber Chopsticks.
Chicken and Broccoli Teriyaki
- 2/3 C sugar
- 1/2 C + 2 tbsp water, divided use
- 1/3 C soy sauce
- juice 1/2 lemon
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tsp grated ginger
- 2 tbsp cornstarch
- 2 tsp canola oil
- 1 large chicken breast, chopped or sliced
- 2 C broccoli florets
- 1-2 scallions, thinly sliced (optional)
- Combine sugar, 1/2 C water, soy sauce, lemon juice, garlic, and ginger in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to a simmer. In a small bowl whisk together the cornstarch and 2 tsbp water until smooth. Add to the sauce. Allow sauce to thicken over low heat.
- In a wok or large skillet, heat canola oil over medium-high heat. Season chicken with S+P, saute chicken until browned and fully cooked. Add the broccoli to the pan and cook until tender.
- Add as much teriyaki sauce to the chicken and broccoli as desired, tossing to coat.
- Serve over a bed of rice and garnish of scallions.
*The sauce recipe is adapted from Kylee at http://www.kyleecooks.com/2016/06/homemade-teriyaki-sauce.html*
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