When it comes to making meals, sometimes taking shortcuts is the answer. Whether its for a quick and easy dinner for the family or an easy meal prep lunch for the week, combining homemade ingredients with shortcuts from the store can help you keep your health goals in check, while also saving time and energy. This semi-homemade teriyaki chicken box features marinated grilled chicken breast, a flavorful cucumber salad, and some shortcuts from Trader Joe’s. Combining fresh ingredients with frozen is the key here to a tasty and easy meal.
What is in this semi-homemade teriyaki chicken box?
There are a few key components in this box, a mix of homemade items and shortcuts from the freezer section. The frozen shortcuts I used here are all from Trader Joe’s, but if you don’t have access to Trader Joe’s, you can find similar items at most supermarkets. You can just use your imagination and use what you can find, and create a similar box here. Use this one for inspiration, and see what you come up with! I have also heard that Aldi and Lidl carry similar items to Trader Joe’s, so you can check them out, too.
The main components are:
- chicken breast marinated in teriyaki marinade and grilled
- fresh sliced cucumbers tossed with sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, scallions, and sesame seeds
- riced cauliflower stir fry from Trader Joe’s
- chicken cilantro mini wontons from Trader Joe’s
- Trader Joe’s Gyoza dipping sauce
What will I need to make this semi-homemade teriyaki chicken box?
To make this recipe, you will need the following ingredients:
- chicken breast
- teriyaki marinade
- I use this one called Very Very Teriyaki. You can use any one you prefer. For the macros and points for this recipe, I only account for 1 tablespoon of the marinade, because so much is left over in the bag after marinating. It does not all get absorbed by the chicken, and some of it cooks off. You can account for marinades however you see fit.
- soy sauce
- sesame oil
- rice wine vinegar
- sesame seeds
- riced cauliflower stir fry (from Trader Joe’s)
- chicken cilantro mini wontons (from Trader Joe’s)
- Trader Joe’s Gyoza dipping sauce (optional)
How to make this teriyaki chicken box
To make this recipe, first start out by marinating the chicken in teriyaki marinade. You can do this overnight for the most flavor, or you can do this for just a couple of hours before cooking. Whatever works for you!
Next, grill the chicken breast. You can use an indoor, stove top grill pan (like this one) or you can grill them outside to make for even less cleanup. While the chicken is cooking, add the cauliflower stir fry to a large frying pan, and cook it over medium heat until the water evaporates and the cauliflower rice begins to get crispy. You can also add a scrambled egg to this, like real fried rice. I skipped that this time, though.
To make the cucumber salad, peel and cut the cucumbers (I cut them into long pieces rather than slices, just a preference for this recipe). Next, combine the soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and sesame oil, and pour that over the cucumbers. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds, and chop the scallions up and add those in, too. They offer flavor as well as color and crunch.
For the wontons, you won’t need to do anything. Simply arrange them in the box with the other components, and when you heat the container up before eating, everything should heat through. If you are eating right away, you can also air fry the wontons. They come out delicious in the air fryer! Just do 400F until they look crispy and golden.
A note about frozen items
When it comes to making frozen items from a package, note that the serving size is the size measured as frozen. In other words, one package of the riced cauliflower stir fry yields 4.5 cups (frozen). However, once it is cooked, it yields about 2 cups of cooked cauliflower rice. For this recipe, I use two full bags of the riced cauliflower, which yields about 4 cups (cooked). Each serving of my meal prep will have 1 cup of cooked cauliflower rice.
Semi-Homemade Teriyaki Chicken Box
- frying pan
- grill pan
- 1.5 lbs chicken breast sliced into four pieces
- 1/4 cup teriyaki marinade Used: Very Very Teriyaki. Note: the macros and points are calculated using 1 tbsp of the marinade, since so much is leftover in the bag after removing the chicken, and so much cooks off.
- 2 cucumbers
- 1 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
- 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 2 scallions chopped
- 1 tsp sesame seeds
- 2 bags Trader Joe's Riced Cauliflower Stirfry found in the frozen section
- 16 Trader Joe's Mini Chicken Cilantro wontons found in the frozen section
- 1/4 cup Trader Joe's Gyoza Sauce optional, for dipping
- Thinly slice the chicken breasts into four pieces and marinate it in the Teriyaki marinade overnight (if possible) or for as long as possible before grilling.
- Grill the chicken breast for about 5 minutes per side, or until cooked through.
- Add the frozen cauliflower stirfry to a frying pan, and cook until the water is evaporated and the rice begins to become crispy and golden (about 10 minutes).
- Peel the cucumbers and cut then lengthwise into pieces.
- Combine the soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, and sesame oil.
- Pour the mixture over the cucumbers and toss.
- Chop the scallions and sprinkle them onto the cucumbers, along with the sesame seeds.
- Chop the chicken into pieces.
- The wontons do not need to be cooked, just heated through before eating.
- Assemble the box as follows: 1 piece of chicken, 1 cup of rice, 4 wontons. Keep the cucumber salad in a separate container. Keep the dipping sauce to the side (1 tablespoon per box).
- 4 WW points (blue and purple plans)
- 6 WW points (green plan)
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