This teriyaki sauce is sweetened largely with dates so that only a minimal amount of honey is required. The dates and sweet onion also work together to thicken the sauce once it’s pureed, so that no thickening agent is needed. Because of the thickness of the sauce, it clings very well to the chicken allowing it to be even more flavorful.
The chicken develops a nice depth of flavor from soaking in the teriyaki sauce and then a freshness from having the sauce brushed on while grilling. You could even save some of the teriyaki sauce to use for dipping. If you don’t have coconut aminos, the closest Paleo item would be a Paleo balsamic vinegar. I get mine from Costco and I use it A LOT. I basically replace it in any recipe that calls for soy sauce because it actually has a fairly similar flavor profile, but soy sauce is evil! Seriously, soy sauce is one of the most unhealthy things I can think of to eat.
Please let me know if you try this recipe. I would love to know what you eat it with and how you like the sauce. I would also love to hear from some of you who barbecue year-round, like we do at our house. We don’t let a little snow stop us from enjoying grilled or smoked food.
- ½ Sweet Onion, chopped
- 1 T. Coconut Oil
- 10 Small Dates, chopped
- 2 t. Garlic, minced
- 2 T. Orange Juice Concentrate
- ¾ C. Coconut Aminos
- ¼ C. Honey
- 2 T. Rice Vinegar
- ½ t. Real Salt
- Pinch of Chili Flakes (optional)
- 2 Large Chicken Breasts, cut into 1” cubes
- ½ Pineapple, cored and cut into 1” cubes
- Roughly chopped Cilantro, to garnish
- 8-10 Wooden Skewers, soaked in water for 20 minutes
- Heat the coconut oil in a small sauce pan. Add the onion and sauté on medium heat for 2-3 minutes, or until it becomes translucent and soft. Add the garlic and sauté for another 30 seconds. Add the dates, orange juice concentrate, coconut aminos, honey, vinegar, salt, and chili flakes(if using) to the sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Mixture should have started to thicken a bit and dates should be soft.
- Pour the mixture into a blender and puree until very smooth and thick.
- Place the cubed chicken in a container or Ziploc bag and pour ¾ of the teriyaki sauce over it. Seal and let marinate in the refrigerator overnight, or for at least 30 minutes. Marinate overnight for best flavor. Reserve the rest of the teriyaki sauce in an airtight container and refrigerate.
- When ready to make the skewers, thread the marinated chicken and pineapple cubes onto the soaked wooden skewers, alternating each item. You should end up with 8-10 skewers, depending on how heavily you thread them.
- Preheat a grill, making sure to oil the grates before doing so.
- Grill the skewers on all sides until cooked through, basting with the reserved teriyaki sauce while they cook.
- Serve garnished with cilantro.