Kikko De Mayo – valmg’s Ponzu Chicken

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I had seen Kikkoman for years in the grocery store but never really used it much until late last year. I had never realized how versatile their soy sauce is, or how many other products they make.

Recently I was asked to help celebrate Kikko De Mayo by trying one of Kikkoman’s newest products – Ponzu. Ponzu is a seasoned citrus soy sauce, currently available in lemon or lime. Almost always up for a challenge, I accepted.

Before long a box of Kikkoman goodies arrived on my doorstep.

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Wondering what was in the box?

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Time to create. Kikkoman had suggested making a Kikkkoman Lime and Ponzu Carne Asada Marinade. Unfortuantely I didn’t plan very well. I had foods ready to cook for the next two nights and didn’t want to have any of those spoil so I had to change plans a bit. (Click on the link for three Kikko De Mayo recipes from Kikkoman, including the Carne Asada Marinade.)

So. I had chicken breast and decided to use that for my Kikko De Mayo creation – valmg’s Ponzu Chicken.

Ingredients for valmg’s Lime Ponzu Chicken

  • 1 pound of boneless chicken breast
  • 6 ounces Kikkoman Lime Ponzu
  • 2 teaspoons garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Note – I also made a batch of Lemon Ponzu Chicken. The ingredients and instructions are identical except you use Lemon Ponzu instead of Lime Ponzu.

Place all of the chicken pieces into a large plastic bag and added my ingredients. Make sure the bag is zipped and move it around. Press it, squish it, squeeze it, whatever you like. Make sure all of the marinade gets all over every piece of chicken. When you’ve mixed it up well and there isn’t much liquid left in the bag place the whole bag into the fridge to marinate for about two hours.

kikko de mayo chicken marinating

Take the chicken out and place it on the grill. I used our small electric grill.

kikko de mayo chicken on grill

I grilled the chicken for 6-7 minutes and removed from the grill.

The chicken was surprisingly good. It was very tender and moist and flavorful. The lime batch had a zesty sort of zing to it that totally changed the taste of the chicken, it reminded me of something we’d had at a Mexican restaurant once a while back. The lemon was lemony but not puckery. We all enjoyed both types of chicken, proven by the amount of leftovers we had.

kikko de mayo leftover chicken

The cheese (or in this case, the chicken) stood alone.For about 40 minutes, at which point my son walked in there and snagged it.

The Kikkoman site currently has a Buy One Get One Free coupon, as well as recipes – be sure to check it out.

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pat.navymom May 4, 2010 - 7:07 am

Invite earlier–I would have enjoyed sampling for taste.

valmg May 4, 2010 - 8:46 am

It was surprisingly good, better than I thought it would be.

Louise May 4, 2010 - 1:59 pm

The Ponzu is delicious, I made fish. I think it would be great on chicken just like you did here

Shop with Me Mama (Kim) May 4, 2010 - 10:26 pm

Oh I love this stuff! It looks delicious!!


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