Homemade Japanese 7 Spice (Shichimi Togarashi) infuses homemade teriyaki sauce to boost the flavors of this healthy teriyaki chicken bowl, featuring chicken thighs, edamame, and sushi rice.
There’s a trend afoot. A food trend you’re seeing right, left and center, and it starts with a capital F. No, we’re not talking french fries, fondue, or finger food. While I dig all of those and am especially partial to another F-word (I mean my my mom’s Fudge), they’re not on the scale for making major inroads into every cook’s kitchen.
So what F word is trending? It’s simple, really. The big F starts with flavor. Cooking these days is all about flavor. Trés trendy? Or just good, old fashioned recipe making? I’m betting it’s both.
Today’s recipe uses the Japanese 7 spice combination ethnically known as Shichimi Togarashi to intensify a classic Chicken Teriyaki Rice Bowl. I use Togarashi all the time to add a little heat to recipes like simple miso ramen and garlic-studded shrimp and soba noodles, but I never thought to make this spice blend at home until I was introduced to this recipe.
I remember going to the food court at West Los Angeles’ Century City mall (before their big remodel) where a wicked good rice bowl had customers lined up each and every day for a quick — and cheap — lunch of chicken, rice, and veggies all dressed with a sweetened teriyaki sauce. As my usual cravings lean, I always spiced it up with a little additional heat.
I still crave that bowl. So it is time to make one of my own.
8 Flavors Trending Now
Last year after I discovered the McCormick Flavor Forecast, I dug into if to see what I was missing out on. As a food blogger, I’m always trying to stay one step ahead of the game. Or at least running as fast as I can alongside it. This year’s flavor forecast helps mark the 125th anniversary of McCormick. 125 years? That’s a whole lotta spices. Yet even with all that history, McCormick isn’t looking back. They’re looking forward instead.
McCormick’s 2015 Flavor Forecast predicts that that global flavors, classic techniques and sassy, new combinations of flavors will be influencing eating habits for years to come. And here’s what we have to look forward to:
Global Blends On the Move
History repeats itself with bold and pungent flavors making their way from favorite Middle Eastern and Japanese restaurants into the home kitchen of 2015 to recreate ethnic favorites like a classic Chicken Shawarma Wrap with Cucumber Radish Relish.
Sauces get a bold kick when fresh purees and juices are blended with herbs and spices to intensify dishes like Spiced Shrimp with Roasted Corn Puree & Plum Sauce.
Middle Eastern Mezze
Finger food is at it’s height right now in 2015 the mezze is making a splash with zesty herbs and spices making vibrant dips like Cumin and Coriander Marinated Olives.
Sour + Salt
Move over salty + sweet, sour is creeping into the game. Combining coarse salts with surprising sours, like Mango Curry Lime Salt, adds a brightness and zest to finish off any dish in 2015.
Ask any BBQ cooking contest champion and they’ll agree, with smoke comes flavor, like in a Deviled Eggs with Smoked Creole Mustard that is rich beyond it’s years.
The classic cookie is getting an upgrade with imaginative combinations like Peanut Butter Snickerdoodle Tart with Cinnamon Peanut Crust that will send every spicy foodie to sugar heaven.
Flavor Worth the Wait
Slow cooking is so 2015, and worldwide spices make the braise for dishes like Spiced Chicken Tagine with Preserved Lemon and Olives.
Umami burgers and soups were everywhere last year. Look for that “fifth taste” to make it’s way to the naturally umami-rich veggie aisle in dishes like Asian Steak Tacos with Spicy Mushroom Salsa.
What’s in Teriyaki Chicken Bowls?
Ground red pepper, Valencia orange peel, sesame seed, ground ginger, poppy seeds and ground white pepper are all processed and mixed with the nori (dried seaweed) — a historic umami flavor builder — to flavor my sweetened teriyaki sauce. The Japanese 7 Spice mix adds a little heat to the sauce. If you like your heat on the gentle side, start off with adding ½ teaspoon to the sauce and add more to taste.
I use chicken thighs for my rice bowls because that’s what they used at the food court, and in my book, thighs are always juicier and more flavorful than chicken breasts.
Brown rice adds a bit of nuttiness to this bowl and is my personal fave, but if you’re a fan of white rice (like my daughter) I use short grain sushi rice for the bowls. A shortcut I can totally get behind are the shelf-stable bowls of brown rice. This is my favorite brand. Just warm in the microwave and you have hot rice in mere minutes and everyone can choose white or brown. Perfect for a quick lunch.
Besides these key ingredients, you’ll also need a handful of veggies, plus some sauces and vinegars to build up the flavor of these teriyaki chicken and rice bowls.
How to Make Teriyaki Chicken Bowls
The chicken thighs are lightly seasoned with salt, then cooked on a grill pan (I have this one) on the stove. Once the chicken is cooked through, I give it a brushing of the Japanese 7 spice infused teriyaki sauce and cook the thighs for an additional 2 minutes on each side or until nice grill marks appear.
If you brush with the sauce too early, the sugar might burn and cause a crispier crust on the chicken. But if that’s your thing, go for it.
I use my serrated veggie peeler to thinly slice raw carrot and green onions that I add cold to the bowl. The heat of the rice, chicken and sauce is enough to warm these tender veggies along with the thawed edamame. Other veggie options could include blanched broccoli florets, red bell pepper, peas and water chestnuts.
Can I Make This with Cauliflower Rice?
Of course! If you don’t have regular rice on hand or are trying to limit your carb intake, you can most definitely use cauliflower rice.
Can I Prep These Bowls in Advance?
Yes, but I recommend storing each component of these Japanese rice bowls in separate containers. You should reheat the teriyaki chicken in a skillet over low heat to prevent it from drying out.
Tips for Making Teriyaki Chicken Bowls
After grilling the chicken, cover it loosely with foil and let it rest for a few minutes before slicing it. This gives the juices time to redistribute and makes for a juicier bite of chicken.
You should be able to find most of the ingredients for these teriyaki bowls in the Asian aisle of your grocery store. The edamame will be in the frozen section next to the other frozen veggies.
If desired, you can add other veggies to your teriyaki chicken bowl, but I love how simple these bowls are. There’s no need to add lots of extra ingredients when the bowls taste so good already!
More Bowl Recipes You’ll Love
- Orange Chicken and Broccoli Rice Bowls
- Sweet Chili Salmon Rice Bowls
- Sesame Shrimp with Asian Greens Rice Bowl
- Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken and Vegetable Rice Bowls
- Teriyaki Salmon Rice Bowl with Spinach and Avocado
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7 Spice Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowls
- 1 pound boneless , skinless chicken thighs (about 4 pieces)
- kosher salt
- ½ cup soy sauce
- ½ cup sugar
- ¼ cup mirin
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons water
- 4 teaspoons rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Japanese 7 spice , (Shichimi Togarashi—recipe below)
- 2 cups cooked sushi rice or brown rice
- 1 carrot , thinly shaved
- 4-6 green onions , thinly shaved
- 1 cup frozen shelled edamame , thawed
- Sesame seeds for garnish
For the Japanese 7 Spice (Shichimi Togarashi)
- ½ sheet nori , (dried seaweed)
- 1 tablespoon McCormick Gourmet™ Valencia Orange Peel
- 4 teaspoons McCormick ground red pepper
- 2 teaspoons McCormick sesame seed
- 1 teaspoon McCormick ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon McCormick poppy seed
- ¼ teaspoon McCormick ground white pepper
- Rinse the chicken in water and pat dry with paper towels. Season the chicken lightly with kosher salt and set aside.
- Add the soy sauce, sugar and mirin to a small sauce pan. Mix the cornstarch in the water and add to the sauce pan. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce to simmer. Add the rice vinegar and Japanese 7 spice and cook for 5-10 minutes or until the sauce thickens, stirring occasionally.
- Spray a grill pan with cooking spray and bring to medium high heat. Add the chicken thighs but don't crowd the pan. Cook the chicken for 5-7 minutes on each side. Baste each side of the chicken with the 7 spice teriyaki sauce and cook for an additional 2 minutes each side. Remove from the pan, lightly tent with foil and rest for 3-5 minutes. Repeat with the other chicken thighs if needed.
- To prepare the bowls, spoon rice into the bottom of the bowl then layer with shredded carrot, shredded green onion and edamame. Slice or chop the chicken thighs and place on top then drizzle with the 7 spice teriyaki sauce. Garnish with sesame seeds.
For the Japanese 7 Spice (Shichimi Togarashi)
- Process nori in a mini food processor or blender until fine flakes form. Add remaining spices and blend. Store tightly in a covered jar in a cool, dry place.
More Chicken and Rice Recipes to Make
- Thai Coconut Chicken and Rice
- Spanish Chicken and Rice
- One-Pot Creamy Chicken and Rice
- Roasted Chicken, Squash, and Guacamole Rice Bowls
- Instant Pot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
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Ashley @ Foodie Crush
Thanks so much Jessica!
This recipe was incredible, the teriyaki sauce was out of this world. I was not familiar with nori, but I found it at Whole Foods. My guests loved it, everyone has seconds. This felt like we were eating at a restaurant, it was so good. I had some leftover sauce, I am going to make some salmon tonight and use the sauce on that. Thank you for this wonderful recipe.
What can you substitute for the orange peel? I cannot find a retailer that sells it (Alberta Canada) and it is $265 on amazon! I would LOVE to try this recipe!!
five nights at freddy's
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Seriously…I will NEVER buy teriyaki sauce again. This is a really awesome recipe. THANKS!!
Teriyaki, in the Western sense, is a Japanese cooking sauce for fish or meat which has been cut or cut and seared or flame broiled in a sweet soy sauce marinade. The word gets from the word Teri, which alludes to a sparkle or shine given by the sauce, and yaks, which alludes to the cooking strategy (barbecuing or searing). In the conventional method for cooking the meat is either plunged in or brushed with the sauce numerous circumstances previously fruition.
It really looks amazing with all ingredients you used. You just inspired me to make something similar. Thank you for that!
Love the recipe! Just wondering if you know what the nutritional information is for it?
Teriyaki makes anything taste good, and I love rice, so I am excited to try this recipe. I’m curious to see how the Japanese 7 spice will enhance the dish!
saw this on the front page and had to dig deeper, as I read how you’d always wanted to duplicate this dish – me too! – so thank you for breaking down this recipe! Nice about the flavor trends too would be a nice update to see how popular they are/become/aren’t! since this was first published, thank you for a wonderful blog!
Sounds like a nice recipe to try with brown rice for my family to try. Can you tell me what marin is and where I can find it. Thank you so much, can’t wait to try, I bought a big bag of brown rice.
Mirin is a sweetened rice wine you can find in the Asian aisle at the grocery store.
This is the best teriyaki sauce we’ve ever made before. This is definitely a new favorite in our house, and my husband requests it frequently! Thanks for sharing!
I made this (and three other) foodecrush recipes this week. All were HUGE hits! This teriyaki recipe was absolutely wonderful. You must try it!
AWESOME RECIPE!! I had a little fun with the decorating the final product. When making the sauce I added a little more orange, a bit more garlic powder and took out the red peppers. Came out awesome. Thanks!
I loved this recipe the 2nd time I made it 4 teaspoons of red pepper almost killed everyone the first time and we ended up throwing it out. But I used 1/2 a teaspoon the 2nd time and it was perfect. This is from a family that eats spicy at least 5 days a week.
Hi Emily, the 4 teaspoons is actually correct so I’m glad you were able to make it fit your family’s tastebuds, sorry that it was at the expense of their digestive tract :(
Agreed! This is mega spicy. I think I’ll use half the amount of red pepper next time. So good otherwise!
This is fantastic recipe.
If you’re looking for a shichimi togarashi source- I just received RawSpiceBar’s freshly ground shichimi togarashi in a small batch and it was fantastic. Highly recommend
Lokness @ The Missing Lokness
This is some kind of teriyaki. Looks irresistible! I would love some right now!
Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet
The spice blend sounds crazy good! Loving these rice bowls!
So much to love in this post! I discovered flavor forecast a few years ago and I find it so interesting! I am digging the smoky and the sour salt – a lot.
These bowls are gorgeous!! I could eat them for dinner every night.
Laura (Tutti Dolci)
Teriyaki chicken has never looked better, I love these rice bowls!
Erin | Well Plated
I sense a delicious year ahead, especially where the f-word is involved: flavor, five spice, and can we have fudge for dessert? (PS. Love the blog facelift. Looking gorgeous!)
Monique @ Ambitious Kitchen
FABULOUS. Seriously your photography always amazes me. I need to try this 7 spice blend you’ve got going on!
Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom
LOVE these teriyaki chicken rice bowls. . not only is flavor the food trend .. but rice bowls are too. . they are so 2015! :) LOVE love love the Japanese 7 Spice Blend (Shichimi Togarashi) Recipe. . totally trying this!!!
I’m thinking of trying this cauliflower rice! http://www.everydaymaven.com/2013/how-to-make-cauliflower-rice/
To make this a more Low Carb, WW Pts+-friendly dish, I will substitute cooked Spaghetti Squash for the rice. This looks wonderful. Thanks for posting.
Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
This looks delicious Heidi! I’ve got plenty of Chinese 5 Spice but didn’t even know there was such thing as Japanese 7 Spice. Can’t wait to try it out!