Chicken Teriyaki Noodles

Ditch that seasoning packet from your instant ramen and use teriyaki sauce! This is very easy to make and the flavor is so much better! 

Chicken Teriyaki Noodles

How do you know if you are craving or just want to eat a specific food? As defined, we all know that a food craving is a powerful desire to eat a specific kind of food. I surely know how powerful that can be, but that one I felt was not that powerful. So… could I say that it was not a craving? How do you think of this?

I was typing my Facebook messenger password and I was notified that my password was incorrect. Guess what I typed – I typed ‘ramen’ twice. I was pissed when I can’t get my password correct and then I laughed at myself when I found out I was typing ‘ramen’. How in the world did I get that? Hmm, surely, ramen was on my mind during that time.

I wanted to eat ramen, but I didn’t want to include the seasoning packet. Also, I wanted to use the teriyaki sauce I made. I had leftover uncooked chicken breasts and some veggies that wanted to say goodbye to the world. So I ended up making this delicious Chicken Teriyaki Noodles.

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The noodles was cooked and mixed to the cooked chicken and veggies. I used red, yellow and green bell peppers, brown mushrooms, onions and spring onions for this one, but you could use whatever veggies you fancy. I used the teriyaki sauce that I have made and it was fantastic! This can be easily put up together and a quick meal, too. What I love about ditching the seasoning packet and use your own sauce – you can control how much sauce you’d like to put. And you know me, I mostly put too much of everything! 😀

I am also sharing this delicious noodles at Fiesta Friday #176. Please link up your posts to me and the lovely Monika as we are co-hosting the party. Also, don’t forget to link it back to our amazing host, Angie. 😉

Chicken Teriyaki Noodles

Ingredients:

  • 2 ramen noodles, discard the seasoning packet
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chicken breasts, sliced into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup brown mushroom, sliced
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 cup yellow bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup teriyaki sauce*
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  • Spring onions, sliced, to garnish

Instructions:

  1. Cook ramen noodles according to instructions, making sure to discard the seasoning packet. Drain water and set aside.
  2. In a skillet with medium-high heat, add in olive oil. Add chicken and cook until no longer pink.
  3. Add all veggies (except spring onions) and cook until soft. Add cooked noodles and teriyaki sauce. Add salt & pepper if necessary.
  4. Garnish with spring onions.
  5. Enjoy immediately!

Note: I used the teriyaki sauce I made, but you can use store-bought, making sure to adjust the amount according to your liking.

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Quick Teriyaki Ground Beef

Ground beef with homemade teriyaki sauce – perfect pair for that white rice on your lunch box. 

I am at work today and I feel REALLY sleepy.

It’s not that I haven’t had enough sleep. I slept for 7 hours last night.  I am getting about 6-7 hours of sleep every night. Or is it not enough?

I guess it is just very difficult to convince yourself to get up during work days. Well, except for pay day! 😀 Can you feel me?

During these times, the only thing that could make my time move is write down my  activities for the coming weekend. I always end up writing too many that makes me regret after getting too exhausted. Same story the last time, eh? Yeah! Welcome to my life!

When I end up writing too many clothes to iron (don’t ask, I love ironing clothes), I choose quick and easy recipes. But when you make your own sauce, is it considered quick and easy?? I am feeling confused now. Anyway, the reasons of making my own teriyaki sauce: (1) for me, the store-bought ones are too salty; (2) I want a sauce which I can control the thickness or thinness; and (3) I want to use the remaining sauce for something else. I ended up following Deborah’s Homemade Teriyaki Sauce and it was amazing – I could drink the sauce itself. 😀 Good thing about this  sauce is you can make it ahead of time, keep inside the fridge even for two weeks. When want to make something teriyaki, just get out that amazing sauce and you’re ready. That’s when the quick one comes in. And that’s when this quick teriyaki ground beef enters the story.

I was looking for something easy and quick for the lunch box and ground beef recipes came to mind. I love sweet stuff… that’s the teriyaki sauce. Combine them together with onion, garlic and ginger – fabulous, fabulous recipe! Just add salt and pepper before taking out from the flame and you have something delicious to top your white rice!

…and that was two days ago! Good thing that today is Friday and you know that Friday is not a boring day and no reason to be sleepy at all since I am partying with all you and I have a fun job to do – that is co-hosting this week’s Fiesta Friday # 172 with an amazing friend Su @ Su’s Healthy Living. Well, if you still haven’t met her, it is best to head on to her blog to see her lovely recipes.

Please do join us by clicking the image below and do not forget to mention in your post that you are linking up to Fiesta Friday party so you can be selected for the feature. And please, please be nice and polite by saying “hi” to our host, Angie, to your co-hosts and to some (if not all) party goers. Besides, this is a party. So bring out that chatter in you. 😉

Teriyaki Ground Beef

This recipe is good for 2-3 servings. Double the recipe if desired.

Ingredients:

  • 250g ground beef
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger, grated
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce (recipe below)*
  • Spring onions, sliced, to garnish

Instructions:

  1. In a skillet, saute garlic, onions and ginger in oil.
  2. Add ground beef while breaking into smaller pieces. Cook for 7 minutes.
  3. Add in teriyaki sauce and cook for another 3 minutes. Adjust seasoning if required.
  4. Serve with hot white rice and garnish with spring onions.

Note:

You can use store-bought teriyaki sauce and adjust the seasoning at the near end of cooking. 

Homemade Teriyaki Sauce:

(adapted from Deborah @ Taste and Tell Blog)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 6 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • ¼ + 1 tbsp cup soy sauce
  • 1-2 tbsp honey
  • 1 large clove of garlic, finely minced
  • ½ tsp ground ginger

For the cornstarch slurry:

  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • ¼ cup water, room temperature

Instructions

  1. In saucepan with medium heat, combine everything except for the ingredients for cornstarch slurry. Cook just until heated.
  2. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and ¼ cup water. Stir until dissolved. Add this mixture to the saucepan.
  3. Cook until you reach your desired thickness.
  4. Adjust seasoning if needed.

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