Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken Sandwiches
Are you hungry for a fabulous sandwich? It hardly counts as a sandwich though, since it is really a satisfying meal, dripping with deliciousness. Get ready with lots of napkins.
10 chicken tenders (or chicken breast cut into strips)
1/3 cup pineapple juice
3/4 cup teriyaki sauce (I use Yoshidas - you can find it at Costco and most grocery stores)
2 teaspoons honey
2 teaspoons packed brown sugar
Arrange chicken in a greased baking dish. Combine pineapple juice, Yoshidas, honey and brown sugar. Pour over chicken. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes. Turn each piece over and bake an additional 10 to 20 minutes - until the chicken is cooked through. Remove chicken to a plate. Keep warm. Pour remaining sauce into a saucepan. Dissolve about a tablespoon of cornstarch in about a 1/4 cup water. Heat the sauce to boiling. Stir in a little of the cornstarch mixture. Cook and stir until thickened. Stir in more of the cornstarch mixture until you reach the thickness you like.
My favorite way to serve this sandwich is on a hot dog bun. It is the perfect size and shape to hold all the goodness together. A toasted bun is certainly the best. Just butter the insides of the bun and place it face down on a hot griddle for a bit until toasty golden brown.
Next, cut a pineapple ring in half. Put both halves of the ring in the hot dog bun. Add 2 chicken tenders and pile on the shredded lettuce. Drizzle with the delicious thickened sauce.
It is great just like this but if you are a Ranch Dressing fan, it is even better with some homemade dressing.
So easy and so delicious. Perfect to the very last drippy, messy bite. Yum!
It is so good you'll want to make it now, but while you're at it make a few so that you can have one anytime you get the hankerin'. I always make a whole pan full. It doesn't take any longer to make a lot than it does to make a few so I make a lot and freeze them. If I intend to serve them as a meal for the entire family, I put them all together (chicken and thickened sauce) in a freezer bag. Pint size, quart size or even gallon size, depending on how many I've made and how many I plan to serve them to later. I print out a Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken Sandwich label from the software and in a couple of seconds I have a meal in my freezer.
I also put a few in individual bags (2 chicken tenders and a little sauce in each), inside a freezer bag, so that I can pull out just one sandwich at a time. I put 2 chicken tenders and a little sauce into sandwich bag, press out all the air and seal. Put all the individual bags into a gallon freezer bag. I don't put a label on each individual sandwich but I do put a label on the gallon freezer bag.
Sometimes this is what I have for lunch. Or sometimes one of my kids comes home from school and I'll pull just one out for them. Or sometimes the one kid will come home for lunch and bring 2 friends, so I'll pull out exactly the number I need. No preparation, no leftovers, no clean up. How grand is that?
As delicious from the freezer as it was the day it was made! Yum.
This is an adaptation of the recipe from the book, Lunch is Ready!