There's sour, sweet, salty and bitter... and then there's “umami.” That's the Japanese term for the “fifth” taste sensation, a delicious meaty or savory taste. This taste comes from glutamates, and can be found in anchovies, soy sauce, fish sauce and tomatoes. This dish, made with miso (fermented soybean paste) is, to use our term, “umami-licious.”

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Combine broth, miso, vinegar, mirin and ginger in a small bowl.

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  • Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned and cooked through, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

  • Add carrots and water to the pan; cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender-crisp, about 2 minutes. Stir in the miso mixture, bell pepper, peas and the chicken. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the peas are heated through and the sauce is slightly thickened, 1 to 2 minutes.

Tips

Tips for Two: Leftover canned broth keeps for up to 5 days in the refrigerator or up to 3 months in your freezer. Leftover broths in aseptic packages keep for up to 1 week in the refrigerator. Add to soups, sauces and stews; use for cooking rice and grains; add a little when reheating leftovers to prevent them drying out.

Notes: Miso is fermented soybean paste made by inoculating a mixture of soybeans, salt and grains (usually barley or rice) with koji, a beneficial mold. Aged for up to 3 years, miso is undeniably salty, but a little goes a long way. Akamiso (red miso), made from barley or rice and soybeans, is salty and tangy, and the most commonly used miso in Japan. Use in marinades for meat and oily fish, and in long-simmered dishes. Shiromiso (sweet or white miso), made with soy and rice, is yellow and milder in flavor; use for soup, salad dressings and sauces for fish or chicken.

Mirin is a low-alcohol rice wine essential to Japanese cooking. Look for it in the Asian or gourmet-ingredients section of your supermarket. An equal portion of sherry or white wine with a pinch of sugar may be substituted for mirin.

Nutrition Facts

303.8 calories; protein 28g 56% DV; carbohydrates 28.8g 9% DV; exchange other carbs 2; dietary fiber 6.7g 27% DV; sugars 11g; fat 5.5g 8% DV; saturated fat 1.1g 6% DV; cholesterol 62.7mg 21% DV; vitamin a iu 13976.4IU 280% DV; vitamin c 86.6mg 144% DV; folate 83.1mcg 21% DV; calcium 54.2mg 5% DV; iron 2.3mg 13% DV; magnesium 52.4mg 19% DV; potassium 626.8mg 18% DV; sodium 827.2mg 33% DV; thiamin 0.3mg 32% DV.

Reviews (3)

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  • 5 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 1
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  • 2 star values: 1
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Rating: 4 stars
11/04/2015
Tasty and easy. I shook the sauce together in a jar and cooked the chicken with garlic and cayenne pepper for a little added flavor. It's a nice change from my normal stir fry sauce recipes. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/06/2015
Very tasty! Was very tasty. My family loved it. Will definetly be making it again. Pros: Miso! Love miso. Cons: Nothing Read More
Rating: 2 stars
11/16/2011
Bland Nothing special Pros: easy to fix Cons: taste was bland.... wouldn't make it again Read More
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