Bento 53: Coke Chicken pseudo-bento
I’ve been laid up in bed for two days now with a horrendous throat infection. It feels like my throat is swollen, but not like a normal sore throat. Ugh. So I wasn’t going to make myself a bento seeing that I’m home, but I thought I would serve it up in a bento box anyway – heh. Overly simple even for me, I tried stencilling a bunny on it with sakura denbu, but it seemed to have come out rather wooly and weird. I’m just going to blame it all on my sickness – whilst I can. Heehee.
I’ve kept it simple with a chicken breast of Coke Chicken, some rice and a side of peas. Whaaat? Coke Chicken?? Yups! I made it the first time for dinner, and purposesly used three chicken breasts so I could keep one for lunch. It’s most definately one of the recipes that I’ve always wanted to tried but never seem to get to. I’ve modified this slightly as I only had diet coke instead of regular coke, but seriously, I don’t miss it at all! I can see this making an excellent bento freezer stash as well, so might just make this in bulk next time. I kept it in its full breast, but obviously cubes/strips would suit bentos better – I didn’t want to overcook it.
To make Coke chicken, you need:
3 chicken breasts (one per serving, divide & multiply as needed)
1 can diet Coke (use about 1/2 – 1/3 depending on how saucy you like it)
1tbs soy sauce
1tbs ketchup (more if you prefer it sweeter)
1 onion, sliced
some minced ginger
I love this – it feels like teriyaki chicken with the amount of stickiness and gooeyness, whilst tasting like a lovely barbequed chicken. Very versatile, it keeps well for the next day as well. If I had any left I would turn it into sliced chicken for a salad or sandwich….I’d be sure to make extra next time. I think the coke tenderizes the chicken, because mine was very tender even after simmering for about 45 minutes. Yum Yum good..