Love the teriyaki flavor but hate all the MSG and GMOs hiding in your favorite Japanese dish? This recipe is not only sugar free but also contains no soy!
Enjoy some tasty chicken wings from Anya @ Prepare and Nourish!
It took me some time before I grew accustomed to oriental cuisines. Besides Kimchi, I wasn’t into dishes with titles that sounded like a spoon thrown against the floor (go ahead and say with me: Dim Sum, Chow Mein, Kung Pao). In all fairness, my family loves all those dishes (and beggggssss me to make them) but it just wasn’t my jam (but slowly getting there).
Now I realize teriyaki, being a Japanese dish is a whole other animal. My love for sushi wasn’t inclusive of other Japanese dishes like teriyaki. And to me, it was on the same playing field as all the other dishes mentioned above.
In fact, I am pretty loyal to my favorite dishes so when we go to a sushi place, I order my favorite sushi rolls. When we visit our favorite Mexican diner, I go for the same Taco Salad with Grilled Shrimp. In fact, I have been ordering the same Barbacoa salad at Chipotle for YEARS! No joke. I know, pretty boring and blah, but let’s just say, I like consistency. And Barbacoa Salad. 😉
So how did I ever venture to make teriyaki wings at home? Answer is simple: my kids. As parents, our kids are the driving force behind most of what we do, especially when healing is involved. And that includes making teriyaki wings that are sugar free, soy free, and otherwise a much healthier option than the MSG-laden sauce in most markets.
Having said that, please note this recipe does contain dairy (butter) and starch (cassava) so if you are dairy free, you can sub that for sesame or avocado oil but I love the richness that comes from butter. The starch is so low in quantity and is required to help thicken the sauce. If you omit cassava flour, the sauce will not be nearly thick enough to stick to the wings. Just as delicious though! Lastly, the recipe also calls for red pepper flakes which gives this sauce another dimension. Peppers are of course nightshades so if you are sensitive, feel free to omit.
Spicy Teriyaki Chicken Wings (Soy Free)
- 2-3 pounds organic chicken wings
- ½ teaspoon unrefined salt (my pick)
- pepper to taste (my pick)
- 1-1/2 tablespoon butter*
- 2 teaspoon cassava flour (my pick)
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes (my pick)
- ½ cup Coconut Aminos (my pick)
- 2 tablespoons local honey
- ¼ cup Apple Cider Vinegar (my pick)
- Preheat oven to 425F degrees. Pat chicken wings with paper towel until dry and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 40 minutes, flipping wings half way.
- Meanwhile, prepare teriyaki sauce by melting butter on medium-high heat in a small saucepan. Add flour and stir vigorously until bubbles form and flour has been cooked.
- Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Take off heat and bring to room temperature.
- Remove wings from when done baking, pour teriyaki sauce over them and toss to combine well.
- Return back to oven and bake an additional 10 minutes.
- Remove from oven. Enjoy wings with rice cooked in bone broth and garnish with sesame seeds and fresh chives.
How about you? Do you have a favorite recipe that has been partly inspired by your family?
Anya is the founder and author behind Prepare & Nourish, a place where she shares her passion for traditional, healthy and delicious foods. She enjoys re-creating her deeply rooted Slavic recipes with nourishing ingredients all the while keeping her home and homeschooling their children. She and her husband love to share good food with good friends around their hand-crafted farmhouse table in Northern California. You can connect with Anya on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.