Thursday, January 20, 2011

Teriyaki Glazed Boneless Chicken Thighs

I've been debating what to make for dinner, and decided on a simple organic chicken thighs, and a side of jasmine rice with a little bit of steamed peas, and sauteed sliced mushrooms, mixed into the rice. Yumm!...simple gourmet, is always a winner! Topped off with fresh thin sliced scallions, mostly green parts, over the rice, and the chicken.
I could not decide on the chicken thighs whether to bake, broil, fry, or grill, so I opted for simple baking. I opted for a nice recipe for the chicken, from The Food, Ellie Krieger which I adapted a little.
 Teriyaki Glazed Boneless Chicken Thighs
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce 
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed with a garlic press or minced
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 pounds skinless chicken thighs
Combine the soy sauce, sugar, sherry, vinegar, garlic, ginger and red pepper flakes and stir until the sugar dissolves. Transfer to a resealable plastic bag and add the chicken. Seal the bag and marinate the chicken in the refrigerator, turning once, for 1 hour. The chicken can be marinated for up to 4 hours.
Line a baking pan with aluminum foil. Arrange the chicken on the baking  pan skin side down and drizzle it with 1 Tbsp. vegetable, or canola oil, a little salt and pepper, and bake until tender for about, 25 -35 minutes, turning the chicken once during half way of baking.
Note: If you are cooking the chicken with the skins on... carefully, remove the skins, after baking. Drizzle with additional reserved Teriyaki sauce. Serves 4-6
As I approached my daughter's house, along their driveway, the white picket fence, I noticed the beautiful pink hibiscus plants.I immediately took my camera out of my purse, to capture the moment.
It was a partly cloudy, somewhat warm and muggy day today. I thought about complaining about the weather, but then I realized all the unfortunate people up north, so discouraged by all the snow storms, and now the icy roads, all the floods in Australia, and Brazil, with so many people losing their homes, and lives, I suddenly focused on the single flower, and meditated on what is here, what is reality, and how precious life, and nature is.

There are two ways to live your life. 

One is as though nothing is a miracle. 

The other is as though everything is a miracle. 

A human being is part of the whole called by us 'Universe', a part limited in time and space.
We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest...

This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.

Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty...

Walking on the glorious beach makes you think why you are here, and to appreciate nature, your loved ones, and all that nature has to offer. These creatures of God are here for a purpose, and so are please be thankful every day of your life.

You are a blessing...and "do" count your blessings, they may be, "blessings in disguise" that you are not aware of!

"Today is a smooth white seashell, hold it close and listen to the beauty of the hours."

“I am you; you are ME.  You are the waves; I am the ocean.  Know this and be free, be divine.”

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