Game Day Eats: Teriyaki Chicken

If you're trying to get the rest of your family (husband, kids, etc.) to eat a little healthier, this is a recipe you can whip out to convince them that eating healthy isn't all salads and green smoothies. Sometimes, eating healthier means re-working your favorite un-healthy foods and making them fit your new lifestyle - without sacrificing the taste.


Now that I'm an NFL fan (and pretty proud of it - Go Carolina Panthers!), I love recipes like this for game day spreads. Food is a huge part of football season, and I love that Fat Loss Foodies can still enjoy game day with family and friends AND stick to their goals with recipes like this. 

Remember: the next time you're putting out a spread for watching the big game or going to someone else's house, the guys on the field aren't the only ones with goals! You can absolutely enjoy any sporting event AND stick to a fat loss lifestyle. Put out a big tray of this Teriyaki Chicken along with some other Fat Loss Foodie favorites like:

Using boneless, skinless chicken thighs here makes this a really affordable way to get quality protein into your weekly dinners. I've also tried this same marinade with wings. Yep. Totally works! (The cooking time will vary. You can use this recipe as a guideline for cleaned-up chicken wings.) Since chicken breasts are thicker, I don't recommend using them here. 

Adapted from Elie Krieger


1/4 c. Coconut Aminos, Tamari, or Low-Sodium Soy Sauce
2 Tbs. coconut sugar
2 Tbs. rice wine vinegar
2 garlic cloves, crushed or minced
1 tsp. finely-grated fresh ginger
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken thighs
2 tsp. sesame seeds


1. Combine the Liquid Aminos or Tamari sauce with coconut sugar, rice wine vinegar, garlic, ginger and red pepper flakes and stir until the sugar dissolves. Transfer to a resealable plastic bag and add the chicken. Seal the bag and marinate the chicken in the refrigerator, turning once, for 1 hour. The chicken can be marinated for up to 4 hours.

2. Heat the broiler to high. Move oven rack close to the top of the oven. Arrange the chicken on a foil-lined broiler pan and broil until brown and crispy, about 8-10 mins. Flip the chicken and broil until almost cooked through, about 8 minutes more.

3. Remove chicken from oven and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Cook until the seeds turn golden brown and the chicken is done, 1-2 minutes longer.