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Back-To-School Recipes

Four family-friendly one-bowl meals you can make in minutes, even on a busy school night. 

As lazy summer evenings give way to busy school nights; family meals can be a challenge—and bowls can be the answer. They’re a great way to repurpose leftover ingredients like cooked chicken or rice, and they’re easy to customize so everyone at the table gets just what they want—and has fun eating it, too. 

These four bowls have one thing in common: Kikkoman sauces take care of the flavor-factor, so you can load them up with a rainbow of healthy ingredients the whole family will enjoy.

To save even more time, double or triple any of these recipes, and pack the leftovers in containers for next-day lunches at school or work. 

Chicken Burrito Bowls 

The main event of these burritos-in-a-bowl is a quick-fix chicken recipe that tastes like the grilled chicken at your favorite taco truck. It’s as easy as cutting boneless chicken thighs into bite-sized chunks, tossing them in Kikkoman® Soy Sauce, spices, and herbs, and searing in a hot skillet. No marinating needed! For an extra shortcut, use frozen white or brown rice, heated as directed on the package. Serve warm flour tortillas on the side for the full burrito experience.

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Crunchy Chicken Salad 

Our creamy peanut dressing, made with peanut butter, Kikkoman® Less Sodium Soy Sauce, Rice Vinegar, and Sesame Oil, seasoned with fresh ginger and sweetened with agave nectar is great on everything. Whip up a batch to use on salads and noodles any time. Here, we combine it with cabbage and carrots, crispy Asian noodles, and shredded chicken (use leftover rotisserie chicken to save time), to make a colorful salad that really packs a crunch.

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Vegetarian Katsu Noodles 

The Kikkoman® Katsu Sauce is the secret to these satisfying noodles. Traditionally used as the sauce for tonkastsu (Japanese-style breaded pork cutlets), it’s a sweet-savory blend of Kikkoman® Soy Sauce, onion, applesauce, tomato paste and carrot—and it’s a fantastic way to add flavor and meaty umami to noodles and tofu! If you’re not feeling meatless, you can swap out the tofu with shrimp, chicken, beef, or pork, sautéed as directed until cooked through.

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Teriyaki Takumi Fried Rice 

There’s a reason fried rice is so popular: it appeals to all ages. Here’s an easy way to enjoy it at home. To save time on a weeknight, you can make this with leftover cooked rice or frozen pre-cooked rice (you’ll need about 2 cups of cooked rice). You’ll find that rich, thick Kikkoman® Teriyaki Takumi, Original, adds all the flavor you need to make delicious fried rice your crowd will love. For extra protein, toss in some diced ham, cooked bacon, rotisserie chicken or char siu pork.

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