Lazy Weekday Dinners: Chicken Teriyaki

These days I’ve been super obsessed with oven-baking basically almost anything. I consider this method of cooking to be the easiest, simplest way to have a nice dinner without having to stand in front of the stove for your dish to cook for 20-30 minutes. All you need is to prepare the ingredients, throw everything on a baking paper, stick it in the oven for 20 minutes (meanwhile you can do anything else during baking time, like continue working, taking shower, watch TV, etc) and ta-da! All in less than half an hour. So I’ve tried out a few oven-baked whole meals and I will share all of my favorite dishes one by one here.

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes

What you’ll need:

– 1 whole onion
– 1 potato
– 2 chicken breasts
– Teriyaki sauce
– Leeks (luckily I found some already chopped from my fridge :D)
– Salt & pepper
– Baking paper

Note. This recipe makes 2 portions.

First off, marinade the chicken breasts during your prep time (roughly about 5 minutes, 10 if you think you want to leave them a little longer), make sure to turn them mid-time so that all surfaces will be covered in the sauce.

Secondly, preheat the oven for 250 degrees Celcius.

Thinly slice the potato and the onion.

Aaaand your prep is done. \(^.^)/

On a baking paper, lay down the sliced potatoes (Ok! My mistake here was that I forgot to put oil on the bottom before putting down the potatoes and you DO NOT want to make the same mistake as I did so pleeeeaseee, add oil before you put the potatoes.

Next, add the chicken breast on top of the potatoes.


Add the sliced onions, top it off with extra sauce, salt and pepper.

Lastly, secure the paper by folding the edges.

And off to the oven we go! 
Bake the chicken for 20 minutes.

Like I said earlier, what’s actually great is that you can do anything else in the meantime. I personally went on an online shopping spree (well, more like “internet window shopping”) during that time, maybe I should’ve done something more productive though…

Anyway, 20 minutes passed and your house will probably smell like caramelized onion which is a huge win!

Now for the moment of truth…


The chicken was very well cooked and looked beautifully juicy… (Thank God for that 20 minutes 250 degrees!)

Now transfer everything onto a plate (Or not! You can just eat them right out of the baking paper, so what? No one judging, less plate to clean anyway, right?). Add some of the leeks on top, and voilà! You got yourself a nice dinner in less than 30 minutes.

See, now you understand why I’ve been loving this oven-baked full meals, right? As promised, I will gradually post all my favorite oven-baked full meals because I think they will be super helpful during the weekdays (or lazy weekends), with other meat variations and different ingredients of sauce of course! So for now, enjoy your chicken teriyaki!

Bon appétit~ いただきま~す! (Itadakima~su!),

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