Electric Lunchbox #26: Shoyu Chicken

Back to my beloved Japanese dishes! This is another recipe that I got from when I worked at Brentwood UCLA. I love making this dish on the stove as you just place everything in a pot and let it boil away till done. Dinner is ready!

On the stove the sauce gets to thicken and caramelize but it doesn’t in the Itaki. If you want a thicker sauce, stir in a teaspoon of cornstarch with the water and soy sauce at the beginning. Or you could boil the sauce on the stove and then add it to your bowl when it has reduced some then continue with the recipe.

*Please note that the word “cup” in any of my electric lunchbox recipe refers to the little itaki cup included with the lunchbox. It holds 40ml.*

1 boneless, skinless, chicken breast, cut into 1 inch cubes

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup soy sauce

1 tablespoon sugar

1 clove garlic

1/4 teaspoon minced ginger

1 tablespoon sake

2 cups Japanese rice

2 cups water

3 cups water for the base

Green onions, to serve

In the bottom bowl, mix together chicken, water, soy sauce, sugar, garlic, ginger, and sake. *You can reduce the soy sauce and water if you want a less watery dish.*

In the smaller top bowl, place rice and rinse a couple of times. Drain and add 2 cups water. Set on top of the bottom bowl.

Place both bowls on the Itaki base and add 3 cups water to the base. Cover and let steam until it shuts off, about 55 minutes. Check chicken for doneness, adding 1/2 to 1 cup water more to the base if necessary.

Carefully remove bowls from the base and stir the Shoyu Chicken, adjust seasoning if needed. Sprinkle with green onions. Fluff rice and serve!

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4 thoughts on “Electric Lunchbox #26: Shoyu Chicken

  1. Tim July 7, 2020 / 12:35 am

    How do I follow your posts?

  2. Theresa Pizarro July 7, 2020 / 6:25 am

    If you swipe down on your screen, at bottom right there is a “follow” button. If you click it, it will ask for your email. Thank you so much!

  3. jacala63bee July 18, 2020 / 9:22 am

    I found your blog when googling ELB recipes. i have been wanting one for over a year. I finally ordered the Itaki Jumbo on Thursday. I cannot wait until it arrives. i want to make all your recipes “now”.

    I think i will be making the Shoyu chicken first, then the pineapple chicken. i joined the FB group as well to get your recipes.

    seriously you should think of writing an e-book for Kobo (etc). i would definitely buy it.
    thank you so much for all these recipes

    any chance you can post the best way to cook lentil and pasta in the ELB? some of my favourite dishes are Italian soup/stews that use small pasta and lentils with very little or no meat.

    thank you again for all these wonderful recipes

    • Theresa Pizarro July 18, 2020 / 9:36 am

      Thank you for your kind words! You made my day! 😊 I’m sure you’ll love the lunchbox! Hope you’ll post pictures when you make them!
      I would love to write a ebook/book but I am not sure how to go about it.
      If you look at my electric lunchbox tips #13 (https://athomewiththeresa.com/?s=Tips) you’ll find a way to cook small pasta shapes in liquid-for soups, etc. Pasta ala vodka recipe is in my blog. Lentils are still in the experimental stage. I will keep those recipes in mind. Thank you again!

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