Tuesday, August 18, 2015

NEW RECIPE: Gluten-Free Chicken Teriyaki Handrolls

Copyright 2015, Constantine William Spyrou. All rights reserved.

Growing up in California means I have a strong appreciation for an eclectic variety of food. Out of all of these foods, sushi is one of my family's go-to favorites. So much so, that when my mom and sister developed gluten and fish allergies that prevented them from eating most sushi, they resorted to making them at home.

However, their protein of choice was usually Spam, not the most healthy and quite salty. I came up with this chicken teriyaki recipe as an alternative, and it has been loved! It is extremely simple to make (marinating in the same dish you will bake in saves dishes, time, and water as well!) and absolutely delicious.

Sushi itself, particularly handrolls, is also incredibly easy to make. Hand rolls are even easier because they do not require the usage of a bamboo mat (which can be extra money you may not have) to make! This is a sushi dish that anyone can enjoy! 

Recipe makes up to 12 handrolls.


3 cups cooked white rice, seasoned with salt
12 sheets dried seaweed
Water for finger dipping
2 avocados, sliced, and radish shoots for vegetable (we ran out of avocados for the picture. Also, you can add any other vegetables you like!)
2 pounds chicken breast
1/4 cup gluten-free soy sauce
1 tablespoon agave nectar/honey/corn syrup
2 tsp dried orange peel
1/4 cup minced ginger, with juice
2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tbsp Chinese Five Spice
1/2 tbsp Sesame Oil
1/2 tbsp Toasted Sesame Oil
2 tbsp fresh Lime juice


1) Place your chicken breast into a baking dish with some depth. Add in the soy sauce, sweetener, orange peel, ginger, garlic powder, 5 spice, sesame oils, and lime juice. Combine well, cover the dish with plastic wrap, then marinate for at least 1 hour in the fridge (up to 24 hours).

2) Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. As the oven preheats, remove the dish from the fridge and take off the plastic wrap so the chicken has a chance to reach room temperature to ensure even cooking. Bake for 25 minutes, then let cool.

3) Dampen your fingers, and use them to layer a couple of tablespoons of rice onto a nori sheet in a diagonal pattern in the center. Add in slices of the chicken and your desired vegetables, then roll into a cone. Serve!

This handroll is incredibly easy to pull off, and is very customizable, making it a quick and easy meal that everyone can have fun making! The chicken itself is the star, with the sweet saltiness of the teriyaki punctuating the whole dish and lifting the flavor of the chicken. The orange peel is unusual, but adds some interesting umami notes to the dish as well as perfuming it slightly. Overall, this dish is simply, cheap, and delicious!

I hope you enjoyed this recipe! Let me know what you think and what you would change. If you make it at home, let me know how it turns out! Enjoy! =) 

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