Friday, October 23, 2009

Gluten Free Grilled Teriyaki Chicken

I know you are all getting excited over there, thinking I cracked the code of a secret Teriyaki recipe and now I'm going to tell you all how to make your own. Not so much. Teriyaki sauce is one of those elusive ingredients that most of us gluten free eaters cross off our lists and just assume we'll never eat it again. I pass right by it at the store, never thinking twice that one day it may be available in a safe form for actual celiac consumption.
I got lucky enough to come across some sauces from a little company in Amarillo, Texas called Norlander's Original. Not only do they have a kick-butt picture of a Viking ship on their packaging (a sure way to steal my heart right off the bat), they have also created a gluten-free teriyaki sauce and a gluten free mesquite sauce that basically will make you want to do a little Japanese dance in your kitchen because they have unlocked the secrets to one of life's great treasures: Gluten Free Grilled Teriyaki Chicken.
This sauce comes in concentrate form, which means that usually you will want to dilute it or you may blow your taste buds away. It is so easy to use with chicken. Just take your chicken and place it in a large ziploc bag with 1 cup of concentrate and 2 cups of water at least 24 hours before you want to grill it. Let it marinate in your refrigerator so no one dies of salmonella. Or botulism. Then place it on a hot grill (about 375-400 degrees) and sear it on both sides so the juices are locked in. Turn the grill down to medium heat and continue turning chicken pieces so they don't burn. This is important when you are cooking chicken with a sauce already on it. Sometimes the sugars in the sauce will burn easily if you aren't paying attention to your grill. It will probably take 15 minutes to cook the chicken all the way through.
You can also take a little bit of the concentrate and add it to softenened cream cheese or sour cream to make a delicious dip. I love double-duty sauces; they make life so much easier.
Apparently this little company also makes gluten free beef jerky that has been on the space shuttle, but I haven't been able to try that stuff yet. I may actually die and not be able to write a blog anymore if I eat some yummy beef jerky one of these days.
Try some Norlander's Original Teriyaki or Mesquite Sauce with your chicken or...well, I don't know what else you put teriyaki on, but whatever. It's only $8.99 a bottle, which is well worth being able to eat teriyaki sauce again. Thank you Norlander's!
Happy eating!

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