Savory Chicken Sukiyaki: A Delicious Twist On The Classic

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Sukiyaki, a beloved Japanese hot pot dish, traditionally features thinly sliced beef simmered in a savory broth with vegetables. But have you ever considered a delightful twist on this classic recipe? Chicken Sukiyaki offers a lighter yet equally flavorful alternative, perfect for those who prefer poultry or simply want to explore new culinary horizons.

This guide delves into everything you need to create a fantastic Chicken Sukiyaki experience, from gathering the essential ingredients to mastering the cooking process. We’ll also explore the nutritional value of this dish and answer some frequently asked questions.

Chicken Sukiyaki Recipe
Chicken Sukiyaki Recipe

Ingredients (Serves 4)

For the Sukiyaki Broth:

  • 4 cups Chicken Broth (low-sodium preferred)
  • ½ cup Mirin (sweet rice wine)
  • ½ cup Sake (Japanese rice wine)
  • ½ cup Soy Sauce (low-sodium preferred)
  • 3 tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Kombu (kelp) – optional, for added depth of flavor

  • For the Chicken:

  • 1 pound Boneless, skinless chicken thighs, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon Soy Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Sake
  • 1 tablespoon Mirin
  • 1 teaspoon Sesame oil

  • Vegetables:

  • 1 cup Shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup Enoki mushrooms, trimmed and separated
  • 1 cup Napa Cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup Bok Choy, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium Onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup Snow Peas, trimmed

  • For Serving:

  • 4 cups Cooked Japanese Rice
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced (optional)
  • Shichimi Togarashi (Japanese seven-spice powder) – to taste

  • Directions

    1. Prepare the Sukiyaki Broth: Combine chicken broth, mirin, sake, soy sauce, and sugar in a large pot or Dutch oven. If using kombu, add it to the pot as well. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce heat to low and let the broth simmer for at least 15 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld. Remove the kombu (if used) before proceeding.

    2. Marinate the Chicken: While the broth simmers, prepare the chicken. In a medium bowl, combine soy sauce, sake, mirin, and sesame oil. Add the sliced chicken thighs and toss to coat them evenly. Let the chicken marinate for 10-15 minutes.

    3. Prepare the Vegetables: Wash and slice all the vegetables according to the ingredient list. Aim for thin, bite-sized pieces to ensure even cooking.

    4. Cook the Sukiyaki: Heat a large cast iron skillet or electric skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add a drizzle of neutral oil like canola oil or grapeseed oil.

    5. Cook the Chicken: Arrange half of the marinated chicken slices in a single layer on the hot skillet. Cook the chicken for 1-2 minutes per side, or until lightly browned and cooked through. Remove the cooked chicken from the pan and set it aside on a plate. Repeat this process with the remaining chicken.

    6. Cook the Vegetables: Add a splash of broth to the skillet if it seems dry. Add the sliced onions and cook for 2-3 minutes, until softened and translucent. Next, add the shiitake and enoki mushrooms, and cook for another 2 minutes.

    7. Simmer and Enjoy: Pour the simmering sukiyaki broth into the skillet with the cooked vegetables. Bring the broth back to a simmer. Gradually add the remaining vegetables (Napa cabbage, bok choy, and snow peas) one at a time, allowing them to wilt slightly before adding the next batch.

    8. Assemble and Serve: Once the vegetables are cooked through but still retain a slight crispness, arrange the cooked chicken slices back into the skillet. Gently simmer for another minute or two to allow the flavors to combine.

    9. Enjoy Sukiyaki! Turn off the heat and transfer the sukiyaki to a heatproof serving dish. Place the pot on a table with bowls of cooked Japanese rice alongside it. To enjoy, dip thinly sliced cooked chicken and vegetables into the flavorful broth, savoring the delicious combination of savory and slightly sweet flavors. Sprinkle with thinly sliced scallions and shichimi togarashi (optional) for an extra kick.

    Nutritional Facts (Per Serving)

    Here’s a rough estimate of the nutritional content per serving of Chicken Sukiyaki (based on the ingredients listed). Please note that these values may vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients you use.