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I adapted this recipe from Mysterygirl's Chicken Teriyaki (#14610). I updated quantities for the marinade, substituted several ingredients, and basically made it a different recipe in order to reduce prep time. All ingredients come from a can, jar, or freezer bag. In other words: no cutting, no washing, no food prep.
- 1 lb chicken (Scalopinni works best)
- 1⁄3 cup teriyaki sauce
- 1⁄3 cup water
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ginger
- 1 tablespoon dried onion
- 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic, minced (we use the kind that comes in a jar)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 lb stir fry vegetables, frozen
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (or other oil that's equally tasteless)
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 8 ounces spaghetti
- Start defrosting chicken if it's frozen.
- Take the bag of frozen veggies out and let them defrost on your counter.
- Prepare the Marinade: boil water, teriyaki sauce, ginger, onion, garlic powder, and the jarred minced garlic for 2 minutes.
- Cool the marinade while waiting for the chicken to defrost.
- Cut the defrosted chicken into bite sized pieces before marinading.
- Marinate the chicken for 20 minutes: combine the chicken with the marinade in a glass bowl; make sure that all the chicken is coated with marinade.
- Start preparing the spaghetti 5 to 10 minutes before using the marinated chicken. You'll want the spaghetti to be done when you make the left-over marinade into a kind of spaghetti sauce.
- Pluck the chicken out of the marinade with your hands to reserve the marinade in the marinade bowl. Put the chicken on aluminum foil to avoid an extra plate to wash.
- Heat the oil up in a wok or pan.
- Start frying the chicken. You can optionally mess with the foil wrap to recapture any marinade that may have dripped off the chicken.
- While the chicken is cooking for 5-7 minutes, prepare the frozen veggies: open the bag, drain any water, possibly rinse off any frost burn.
- Add veggies to the wok or pan.
- Cook until ready, then distribute it onto serving platters to free up the pan/wok.
- Use a fork to mix cornstarch with 2-3 tablespoons of cold water.
- Pour the remaining marinade (all of about 3 or 4 tablespoons) into the wok and heat to a boil.
- Thicken this meager bit with 1-2 tablespoons of the cornstarch/water mixture. When thickened, consider it sauce.
- Pour said sauce over the spaghetti and mix it up.
- Add the spaghetti to the serving plates and call it a night.