As a busy mom, it's easy to get lost in a mealtime funk. Sure, I love to cook, but at times we do get into a rut. We will end up eating the same 5 or 6 dishes every single week. Why? Well, because we get used to certain comfort foods because my unimaginative family always requests the exact same things. I don't know about you, but tacos, chicken cordon bleu, Cincinnati Chili and "bacon chicken" aka Monterey Chicken, while tasty, can become ho-hum if they're done on a very regular basis.
Another thing that really doesn't help the matter is that my preteen is VERY picky. He won't eat steak, roast, brisket, mushrooms, olives, or anything with a white sauce. (Just to name a few.) Making meals that everyone will enjoy can become incredibly challenging when dealing with such a picky eater in the house. If Kyle had his way about it, we would live solely off of Ramen noodles, macaroni and cheese, hot dogs, and chicken nuggets. Oh, and pizza. I can't forget the pizza!
Recently I have been able to shake up dinner with the help of Kikkoman. You all know Kikkoman, right? They're leaders in bringing Asian cuisine into kitchens around the world. They're most noted for their soy sauce, but they actually have a very wide range of products available, like Panko, Ponzu Sauce, Rice Vinegar, and even Teriyaki sauces, just to name a few. I was thrilled to receive several Kikkoman products to review with my family. Maybe dinner time doesn't have to remain so mundane, after all!
While Kikkoman products are generally associated with Asian foods, they actually fit in perfectly with many other types of cuisine as well, from American classics, Italian favorites, and even desserts! I have been experimenting with my Kikkoman products a lot lately, and have been delighted with their versatility. Sure, I have made some stir-fry dishes, but it was my goal to find kid-pleasing meals that the entire family would enjoy.
Last night, I finally struck gold and got my picky preteen's approval. I made Panko-Parmesan Crusted Chicken Fingers with a Honey Mustard Ponzu dipping sauce. For those of you that are unfamiliar with Ponzu Sauce, it is simply a delicious infusion of soy sauce and citrus. It has the typical Umami sensation that soy sauce brings along with a hint of acidity and flavor from the citrus fruit. (Can we say YUM?!)
The Panko breadcrumbs gave the chicken a wonderful crispness without the heaviness you'd find in conventional fried chicken. Panko, while crunchy, is also very light and airy in texture, and they made a wonderful alternative to regular breadcrumbs and batters.
Our chicken fingers came out perfectly. They were moist and flavorful, with a nice crispy coating. Here's my recipe. Feel free to add to it as you please. Different seasonings can be used to make an entirely new dish every time!
Brandy's Parmesan-Panko Crusted Chicken Fingers with Honey-Mustard Ponzu Sauce
Honey-Mustard Ponzu Sauce:
Mix all ingredients together and serve as a dipping sauce.
Voila! There's an easy-peasy weeknight dinner that even picky kids will love! At least MY kids did! Who says chicken fingers need to be dull, bland, and boring? With the help of Kikkoman Panko and Ponzu Sauce, this traditional family favorite can be amped up to bring unexpected flavors and textures to the dinner table! Needless to say, I love Kikkoman and am discovering a whole new world of flavor using their products. Maybe next I will try some desserts with my Kikkoman products! I'll let you know what I come up with!
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***Disclosure: I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
12/23/2011 02:35:43 am
Soy sauce is good on pork and also on rice.
12/23/2011 03:01:37 am
I love Kikkoman sauces.
12/23/2011 03:02:45 am
I've tried the soy sauce on meat.
12/23/2011 03:17:38 am
Soy sauce works great on burns.
12/23/2011 03:51:32 am
I've never tried Kikkoman products before. Thanks for the giveaway!
12/23/2011 06:55:35 am
I mix Kikkoman soy sauce mixed with grated ginger, and chopped garlic as the basis for Hawaiian style teriyaki burgers. That served with cold Primo beer from Hawaii.
12/23/2011 11:32:29 am
I have tried the Teriyaki glaze on chicken...outstanding flavor.
12/23/2011 02:32:39 pm
I like the terryoki as a marinade.
12/23/2011 08:56:50 pm
I use alot of their products. I use their soy sauce in my black bean beef stirfry.
12/24/2011 12:03:04 am
I like the Panko Bread Crumbs because they give an added crunch to foods (like fried eggplant)! Thanks.
12/24/2011 02:29:15 pm
I have used the soy sauce before (in rice dishes and stir fry)
12/24/2011 04:15:39 pm
We use the teriyaki on steaks and burgers. We only use Kikkoman soy sauce on chinese food.
12/25/2011 02:37:23 pm
I like Kikkoman soy sauce with Chinese foods.
12/25/2011 10:58:50 pm
I have tried the Soy Sauce
12/26/2011 08:40:22 am
Well their Soy Sauce is no brainer in our house, but I would love to try Seasoning Mixes or Terriyaki sauces. ngiraldi at gmail dot com
12/28/2011 04:59:56 am
my favorite is to use a bottle of soy sauce, a bottle of ketchup and a bottle of liquid smoke, with some brisket in a roasting pan. YUM!
12/28/2011 03:10:33 pm
I've tried Kikkoman. I use Kikkoman soy sauce on stir-fried chicken and veggies.
12/29/2011 12:09:33 am
I have tried their soy sauce and I like it a lot
12/29/2011 12:58:38 am
I love kikkoman soy sauce and the stir fry sauce, i buy them all the time
12/30/2011 07:56:44 am
Favourite use is in stifries
12/31/2011 03:42:00 am
I love to sprinkle both the soy sauce and teriyaki sauce over hot buttered rice.
12/31/2011 04:13:56 am
I use the Teriyaki Sauce to baste my chicken parts ofter.
12/31/2011 04:57:33 am
I use Kikkoman soy sauce when I make spicy peanut butter noodles.
Catherine Petersen Peters
1/1/2012 05:06:41 am
I've used the soys for stir fry and the teriyaki for a marinade
1/1/2012 08:46:00 am
I have their low-sodium soy sauce in fridge right now. I also like to use. Panko on chicken
1/2/2012 11:03:31 am
I've never tried Kikkoman products before.
1/2/2012 01:19:49 pm
I use their soy sauce when I am making chicken.
1/2/2012 03:18:47 pm
I have used their Soy Sauce for cooking Chinese foods. I guess I am not that imaginative.
1/2/2012 11:09:16 pm
I love their soy sauce on fried rice
1/3/2012 12:39:08 am
I use the soy sauce, mainly in recipes.
1/3/2012 01:35:53 am
i love the teryaki sauce and the soy sauce..we use these two all the time
1/3/2012 07:04:40 am
I like putting soy sauce onto my fried rice ... what can I say? I'm easy, hehe. The ponzu sauce sounds awesome though have to try it!
1/3/2012 09:17:54 am
soy sauce on fried rice
1/3/2012 11:54:38 am
We love these products. My favorite is their soy sauce over rice.
1/3/2012 02:02:39 pm
soy sauce on rice
1/3/2012 02:54:57 pm
I use soy sauce at least once a week in a tofu, eggplant, squash, noodle stir fry. Quite delicious.
1/3/2012 08:21:16 pm
I use soy sauce when we make homemade crab rangoons.
1/3/2012 10:20:54 pm
I have tried kikkoman soy sauce, and its awesome!
1/3/2012 11:28:32 pm
I use the soy sauce in my egg rolls
1/4/2012 12:11:47 am
i use the soy sauce with all my stirfrys
1/4/2012 03:34:43 am
I make stir-fry with the stir-fry sauce
1/4/2012 05:40:31 am
My family loves making sushi so kikkoman soy sauce and rice vinegar are always in our fridge. My daughter's favorite roll is sweet potato, avocado, and cream cheese.
1/4/2012 05:57:39 am
I have used the soy sauce in stir fry and on rice!
1/4/2012 07:07:41 am
I love Kikkoman teriyaki sauce and can put it on almost everything. Besides sushi, I love it on mac & cheese.
1/4/2012 07:51:52 am
I love Kikkoman soy sauce with chop suey!
Valerie Taylor Mabrey
1/4/2012 08:01:26 am
Kikkoman soy sauce on steak
1/4/2012 10:49:40 am
I like the Panko Bread Crumbs. They give a good crunch to food
1/4/2012 12:10:16 pm
I love their soy sauce.. I use it for making yakimandu.
1/4/2012 12:20:32 pm
I have - I like to use their soy sauce as a marinade.
1/4/2012 02:04:18 pm
My favorite is Soy Sauce for my Stir Fry!!
1/4/2012 09:28:12 pm
I like to season my soups with their soy sauce.
1/4/2012 10:01:29 pm
I love soy sauce on everything
1/5/2012 12:14:43 am
I like to add their teriyaki sauce to the stir-fry we make!
1/5/2012 12:59:16 am
I actually don't believe i've ever tried kikoman products! I'd love to try, though!
1/5/2012 02:05:06 am
i have tried the soy sauce i use it when we order chinese
1/5/2012 03:39:47 am
I use the soy sauce all the time when I make chop suey or pepper steak
1/5/2012 05:48:02 am
No but it looks yummy
1/5/2012 05:57:08 am
We use Kikkoman all the time and we love to use it when we make stir-fry!
1/5/2012 06:23:40 am
i love their soy sauces, i always have some around from when i order my sushi :)!
1/5/2012 08:30:49 am
My favorite is the Teriyaki Marinade & Sauce.
1/5/2012 10:31:26 am
my husband's favorite summer meal is pan fried parm encrusted veggies (zucchini, squash, mushrooms - whatever we have that's fresh and tasty). we use kikkoman's panko to bread them...very tasty.
1/5/2012 10:31:53 am
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1/5/2012 11:39:31 am
Thanks for the great contest!
1/5/2012 11:40:50 am
I've never tried kikkoman products before
1/5/2012 11:57:26 am
I use them all the time for Chinese cooking.
1/5/2012 12:41:17 pm
We use kikkoman for stir-fry's
1/5/2012 12:54:39 pm
Teriyaki glaze on chicken
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