Chicken Teriyaki

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New Years Eve. It’s kind of like a final in college. You know it’s coming at the end of the year. You’ve already put in too much time and effort worrying about it. By the time the actual final comes and goes, you wonder why it was such a big deal in the first place. Or alternatively, it sucks.

Yes, New Years Eve is a huge build up for another typical night with a little more booze and stupid hats. And you get to watch Ryan Seacrest pretend like he actually likes to hang out with Taylor Swift. You’ll spend $100 on an open bar, but only get 3 drinks. Or you’ll have a party at home, with high school friends that will give you a hard time about being in a frat now. Whatever, sorry that you’re having more fun in college. Nerds.

If there is one guarantee on New Years Eve, besides you scrambling to find a midnight kiss, it’s that you’re going to be hungover the next day. There is also about zero chance you cook either. So make it your new years resolution to start cooking more on the 2nd. Make delicious Chicken Teriyaki for a dish everyone will love. Maybe you should also make a resolution to be nicer to those nerds you went to high school with…on second thought, screw that. Keep being a dick in 2015!

2 large chicken breasts cut horizontally into thiner pieces
1 teaspoon size piece of ginger, grated
2 Tablespoons of vegetable oil
3 Tablespoons of soy sauce
1 Tablespoon of honey
2 cloves of garlic
1 teaspoon of wasabi (optional)
1 Tablespoon of Saki
1 Tablespoon of rice wine vinegar
sesame seeds

1. Start by slicing the chicken into two thinner breast. From here apply salt to the chicken. Grate and rub half of the ginger onto the chicken. Let sit for a couple minutes while you prepare your sauce.
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2. Add the remaining ginger, soy sauce, honey, garlic, wasabi, saki, and rice wine vinegar into a bowl. Mix thoroughly.
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3. Hit up the oil in a flat pan to a medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, place the chicken on and brown both sides. This will take about 4-5 minutes a side. Check to make sure it is brown before you flip it. If it is not browning, turn the heat up higher. Pour in an extra tablespoon of Saki to deglaze the pan after you flip the chicken.
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4. Once chicken is browned, add the sauce. Bring the sauce to a boil, so that it will reduce and thicken. Make sure to consistently flip the chicken. Once sauce is thick, turn off flame and sprinkle on sesame seeds.
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5. Eat this delicious protein packed meal. Then hit the GYM! It’s a new year baby!