What Makes a Great Frozen Teriyaki Chicken Entrée?

High quality Teriyaki Chicken Entrée combines tender, moist, chicken pieces with a low-moderate chewiness. There is a rich, smooth (not lumpy) sauce that just coats the solids. The dish is slightly adhesive, just sticky to the lips, and has a slight heat. During cooking, some small pieces may break from the larger chicken pieces, becoming crispy.

There is a moderate-high chicken aroma and flavor intensity. The aroma and flavor profile has a moderate-high chicken intensity, moderate ginger and caramelized sugar notes, low-moderate garlic, and low vinegar.

The taste profile leads with moderate salt and moderate umami, low-moderate sweet, low sour, and very low bitter. There may be low notes of black pepper and sesame, or other, oil.

The sauce is dark brown and is just thick enough to coat the chicken pieces.

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Tasting terms

  • chew

    The texture of a food as it is being chewed, as opposed to the texture of the first bite. Example: High-quality beef jerky should be tender but have a long chew.

  • aroma

    The smell that emanates from food. Along with appearance, texture, flavor and taste, aroma is one of the five dimensions used to evaluate a product. Example: Brownies should have an aroma that includes chocolate as well as egg, toasty and sweet notes.

  • salt

    One of the basic tastes; tasting of or containing salt. Example: Potato chips, sea water and cured meats all have a strong salt component.

  • umami

    One of the basic tastes; the savory flavor in meat and broths; sometimes an additive (MSG). Example: Natural Parmesan cheese, meats, seaweed, fish sauce and sesame exhibit an umami taste.

  • sweet

    One of the basic tastes; often considered pleasing while exhibiting characteristics of sugar. Example: Honey, ripe fruits and syrup all have a pronounced sweet component.

  • sour

    One of the basic tastes; often considered sharp, tart and acidic. Example: Lemon juice, vinegar and fermented foods often have a strong sour component.

  • bitter

    One of the basic tastes; often considered harsh and unpleasant in abundance, but a key basic taste for foods like coffee and dark chocolate. Example: Unripened fruit, aspirin and coffee all have bitter components.