Chicken Teriyaki

Here is the latest out of the kitchen at Action Hero HQ:

The weather late last week was hot and humid, so I planned on a quick and easy recipe for dinner on Saturday.  I had a craving for Chicken Teriyaki, so I looked for a few recipes online.

One thing I wanted to avoid was the store bought Teriyaki, it has a tendency to overwhelm the senses and bury any flavors that are there.

So I found this simple and easy recipe from

Marc Matsumoto is a good cook and was willing to share the recipe.

I started the day before with the marinade:


  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Mirin

(All of these ingredients were available from the local grocery store)

I mixed all of these together until the sugar dissolved.   I already had the 6 boneless chicken thighs in tupperware so I poured the marinade over it, sealed it and left it in the fridge overnight.

The next day I fired up the charcoal grill to a medium heat and set the coals for indirect cooking.

As the grill was getting ready I took the marinating chicken out of the fridge and started the rice cooker. I then started the sauce:


  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 2 tablespoons sake
  • 2 tablespoons honey

I started with a hot saucepan so the soy sauce gave off a nice steam cloud, but then I added the rest of the ingredients.  The goal was to boil the sauce to thicken it, not burn it.   I used a combination, on the burner stiring/off the burner stiring for a few minutes until it thickened.

I put the sauce into a ramekin so I could baste the chicken on the grill.

I moved everything outside and put the chicken thighs on the grill, near the coals, but not directly over them, skin side down.  I used a silicone basting mop and gave the chicken a nice coat of Teriyaki.

After about 8 minutes I used a pair of tongs and flipped the chicken over and gave the other side a nice coat of Teriyaki sauce.  I didn’t want to use all of it because presentation is everything when it comes to serving and I needed to reserve some for that stage.

After another 8 – 10 minutes I checked the internal temperature of the chicken to ensure it was cooked properly.  When it was done I moved the chicken over the coals to give it some grill marks.  Be careful of flare-ups.

When the chicken was done on the grill I gave them all another brush of the sauce.  This enhanced the overall flavor of the chicken.

I served the chicken over a bed of rice and opened a beer. And it was good.

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Welcome Home (Photo: Exfordy)

Who is your favorite action hero? Do you like action heroes from movies like John McClane, Rambo, or Obi-Wan Kenobi. Or from stories you’ve read, like Sherlock Holmes, Robin Hood, or Aragorn. Or do you like the new action hero’s from video games, like Prince of Persia, Splinter Cell or Master Chief. Or do you like your action hero from comic books like Batman, Superman or Wolverine.

What do they all have in common?

They all have a base, a headquarters that they call home. This place provides them sanctuary and an opportunity to recharge. This place gives them a place to clear their head and focus on what’s important to them. Some of these bases are shared with other people that the hero cares about.

The HQ used throughout history and in countless stories is important even today. You are the action hero. The world out there is as tough today as 1000 years ago. School or work stress, bills, financial stress, significant other stress, influencers stress, way too many things on your plate; all of these you have to fight on a daily or weekly basis.

So where do you go, what do you do? You’re the action hero and you need a headquarters. This is your place, the headquarters to achieve the goal of being the best action hero that you can be. Living the life you want, starting from your home.

Your home provides sanctuary. We’ll examine what we can do to make our homes, apartments, residence our action hero headquarters. We’ll explore ways to recharge and heal so we can save the day. We’ll examine ways to get the most out of different rooms in our home.

Which action hero is your favorite or do you most identify with? Do you have a favorite room in your HQ that recharges you? If there was one thing about your headquarters you could change, what would it be?

I’d love to hear about it.

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