Teriyaki Fried Chicken Sandwich with Shiso Slaw

Teriyaki Fried Chicken Sandwich with Shiso Slaw
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About This Recipe

When one thinks of the exquisite culinary delights that Northern California has to offer, the iconic Napa and Sonoma wine regions often come to mind. Nestled among these renowned vineyards is a gastronomic scene that merges local freshness with international flavors. Today, I'd like to introduce a delectable masterpiece: the Teriyaki Fried Chicken Sandwich with Shiso Slaw. This isn't your ordinary chicken burger recipe; it's an East meets West symphony of flavors and textures.

Now, you might be wondering, "Why the mix of teriyaki and shiso in a burger?". To answer that, let's take a journey through the valleys of Sonoma and Napa. The landscape here isn't just grapevines; it's a mosaic of multicultural influences. Over the years, farmers, chefs, and vintners have intertwined global inspirations with local produce, leading to delightful dishes like the teriyaki burger.

Teriyaki, a Japanese method of grilling with a glaze of soy sauce, sake, and mirin, transforms the humble chicken into a succulent, flavor-packed delight. But it's not just any fried chicken recipe. The marinade caramelizes beautifully when cooked, lending a sweet-savory richness that is truly unforgettable. Then comes the shiso, a herb often found in Japanese cuisine. Its minty, slightly spicy note pairs brilliantly with the tangy crunch of the slaw, creating a Japanese slaw recipe that's both refreshing and fragrant.

But no dish from this region is complete without the perfect wine pairing. Given the complexity of the Teriyaki Fried Chicken Sandwich with Shiso Slaw, the ideal wine should complement the dish's sweet and savory profile while providing enough acidity to cut through the richness of the fried chicken. A dry rosé, such as the one from Cline Cellars in Sonoma, fits the bill perfectly. For those wanting to stay classic, a slightly off-dry Riesling from Smith Madrone Vineyards offers a delightful contrast. And for the adventurous souls, the Grüner Veltliner from Stony Hill Vineyard provides a zesty kick that mirrors the shiso's unique notes.

The Teriyaki Fried Chicken Sandwich with Shiso Slaw perfectly exemplifies the wine country spirit - a blend of local ingredients and global flavors. It's dishes like these that make Napa and Sonoma more than just wine destinations. They're culinary havens where every bite tells a story.

If you ever find yourself winding through the picturesque roads of Napa or Sonoma, I urge you to explore beyond the vineyards. Stop by the local markets like the famous "Butter and Eggs" in Petaluma, a nod to the region's dairy history. These markets are a treasure trove of fresh produce and artisanal products that can inspire your next gourmet creation. And who knows, maybe you'll be inspired to whip up your version of a butter burger or another delightful treat.

In closing, the Teriyaki Fried Chicken Sandwich with Shiso Slaw isn't just a dish; it's an experience. It's a testament to the rich culinary tapestry of Northern California, where every meal is a journey through flavors, cultures, and histories. Whether you're a resident or a visitor, this region has a taste adventure waiting for you at every corner. So, the next time you're here, take a bite, sip some wine, and let Napa and Sonoma's culinary wonders enchant you.

Hero Ingredient Spotlight: Shiso

When exploring the Teriyaki Fried Chicken Sandwich with Shiso Slaw, one ingredient truly stands out: Shiso. This unique herb, often found in Japanese cuisine, possesses a minty, basil-like flavor with undertones of spice and cinnamon. Beyond its distinct taste, shiso is packed with health benefits. Rich in antioxidants and known for its anti-inflammatory properties, this leafy green not only elevates the taste of dishes but also contributes to a healthy diet. Whether used in a Japanese slaw recipe or as a garnish, shiso is the unsung hero that brings a burst of freshness and a touch of the exotic.

How to Perfectly Fry Your Chicken Teriyaki

  1. Marinate Properly: Allow your chicken to marinate in the teriyaki sauce for at least an hour, ensuring it soaks up all those sweet and savory flavors.
  2. High-Quality Oil: Use a neutral oil with a high smoke point like canola or vegetable oil for frying.
  3. Temperature Check: Ensure your oil is at the ideal temperature of 350°F (175°C). Too hot and your chicken will burn on the outside without being fully cooked inside. Too cold, and it'll be oily and soggy.
  4. Don't Overcrowd: Fry in batches. Overcrowding the pan drops the oil temperature and results in unevenly cooked chicken.
  5. Drain Excess Oil: After frying, place the chicken on a wire rack over a baking sheet to drain excess oil. This keeps the chicken crispy!

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How long can I store leftovers? Ideally, consume the sandwich fresh. However, if you have leftovers, store them in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Separate the slaw to keep it crunchy.
  2. Are there any common allergens in this recipe? The recipe contains gluten (from the burger buns) and soy (from the teriyaki sauce). Always check ingredient labels if you have specific allergies.
  3. Can I substitute another meat for chicken? Certainly! While this is a chicken burger recipe, you can use turkey or even a meat substitute like tofu for a vegetarian version.
  4. I can't find shiso leaves. What's a good substitute? While shiso has a unique flavor, you can try using a combination of basil and mint leaves to mimic its freshness in the slaw.
  5. Which kitchen tools are essential for this recipe? A good deep frying pan or pot, a thermometer to check oil temperature, and a wire rack for draining fried chicken are crucial.

Tips for Success

  1. Fresh Ingredients: Always opt for the freshest ingredients, especially the chicken and shiso leaves. This ensures maximum flavor and health benefits.
  2. Balance your Flavors: Teriyaki is a strong flavor. Taste as you go and adjust ingredients to ensure the sauce isn't overpowering the other components of the sandwich.
  3. Serve Immediately: For the best texture and taste, serve the Teriyaki Fried Chicken Sandwich with Shiso Slaw immediately after assembling. The contrast of the hot, crispy chicken with the cold, crunchy slaw is what makes this dish truly special.

With these insights, you're armed with the knowledge to craft the perfect Teriyaki Fried Chicken Sandwich with Shiso Slaw, ensuring each bite is a delightful experience, reminiscent of the culinary treasures of Northern California's wine country.

Recipe Overview

Teriyaki Fried Chicken Sandwich with Shiso Slaw
Lily Anderson
4 servings
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Ingredients List


  • 4 boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 cup teriyaki sauce (store-bought or homemade)
  • 2 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 4 brioche buns, halved
  • 1 cup shredded red cabbage
  • 1 cup shredded green cabbage
  • 8 shiso leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Step-by-Step Directions

  1. Marinate chicken thighs in teriyaki sauce for at least 30 minutes, preferably overnight.
  2. In a large skillet, heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat.
  3. Dredge each chicken thigh in flour, dip into beaten eggs, then coat with panko breadcrumbs.
  4. Fry each piece until golden brown and fully cooked, around 5-6 minutes per side. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate.
  5. In a bowl, combine red and green cabbage with shiso leaves.
  6. In a separate small bowl, mix mayonnaise, rice vinegar, and sesame oil. Pour this dressing over the cabbage mix and toss well to combine.
  7. Assemble the sandwiches by placing a generous amount of shiso slaw on the bottom half of each bun, followed by the teriyaki fried chicken. Cap off with the top half of the bun.

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