Chicken Teriyaki

Teriyaki chicken is a Japanese dish with savory and sweet teriyaki sauce. This is the best chicken teriyaki recipe that calls for only 4 ingredients. So easy!

Chicken teriyaki is a Japanese chicken dish with savory and sweet teriyaki sauce. This is the best chicken teriyaki recipe and calls for only 4 ingredients.

Teriyaki chicken in a bowl.

Teriyaki chicken in a bowl.

Teriyaki Chicken

This is the BEST and easiest recipe you’ll find online. It’s so good!

I have tasted many amazing chicken teriyaki in the United States and in Japan. The best ones always have crackly and crispy skin.

The chicken thighs are usually grilled, then sliced and drizzled with delicious teriyaki sauce.

This recipe is quick, easy and takes only 20 minutes to make. It’s also very versatile and you can make it with an Instant Pot Chicken or Slow Cooker.

You can also stir-fry or make the recipe with chicken wings.

Teriyaki chicken recipe with teriyaki sauce and chicken.

Teriyaki chicken recipe with teriyaki sauce and chicken.

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Teriyaki chicken thighs, ready to serve.

Teriyaki chicken thighs, ready to serve.

Teriyaki Chicken Recipe

In this recipe, you are going to learn how to make teriyaki chicken and the sauce by using only a handful of ingredients.

You will learn the easy techniques on how to make the chicken super crispy, just like how it’s served at the best Japanese restaurants.

You can check out my video in the recipe card and learn how to make teriyaki chicken from scratch at home.

How to Make Teriyaki Chicken?

To make this popular Japanese dish, first you need to make the teriyaki sauce.

My recipe is very easy and calls for only three (3) ingredients:

  • Japanese soy sauce. I like low sodium soy sauce for the sauce. It’s important you buy a good quality Japanese soy sauce. I like Kikkoman or San-J brand soy sauce.
  • Sugar.
  • Mirin or Japanese sweet rice wine.

Mirin is Japanese sweet rice wine which is a key ingredient in teriyaki sauce for teriyaki chicken.

Mirin is Japanese sweet rice wine which is a key ingredient in teriyaki sauce for teriyaki chicken.

After the sauce, prepare the chicken. I love using bone-in and skin-on chicken thighs. I debone the chicken thighs by following the steps in my How to Debone Chicken Thighs video.

Next, I season the chicken thighs with salt as the marinade. Then I pan-fry the chicken until crispy.

To serve, I drizzle the sauce on top of the chicken with a rice bowl.

Chicken teriyaki bowl with steamed rice and chicken teriyaki.

Chicken teriyaki bowl with steamed rice and chicken teriyaki.

Cook’s Tips

For the best and authentic chicken teriyaki, please follow my cooking tips below:

  • Use chicken thighs as the meat is juicy and tender.
  • For the best results, grill your chicken with an outdoor or indoor grill.
  • If you don’t have a grill, pan-fry the chicken until the chicken skin side down first until the skin turns crispy and golden brown.
  • Make chicken teriyaki bowl with steamed white rice and boiled broccoli.
  • Drizzle the teriyaki sauce right before serving.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can You Freeze Teriyaki Sauce?

The teriyaki sauce can be made ahead. You can make it in advance and keep it in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

I don’t recommend freezing it as you don’t want the sauce frozen.

To ensure freshness of the sauce, keep it in a glass jar or a tightly sealed container.

Is it Healthy?

Yes, chicken teriyaki is very healthy as Japanese recipes are one of the healthiest in the world.

The recipe is also perfect as a meal prep for the entire week.

How Many Calories Per Serving?

This recipe is only 462 calories per serving.

What Dishes to Serve with this Recipe?

This meal is best served with steamed rice for a rice bowl. For restaurant-style Japanese dinner at home, make the following dishes.

Yield: 3 people

Chicken teriyaki

Teriyaki chicken is a Japanese chicken dish with savory and sweet teriyaki sauce. This is the best chicken teriyaki recipe that calls for only 4 ingredients.

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 10 minutes

Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chicken thighs, deboned, skin-on
  • salt
  • white sesame seeds for garnishing, optional

Teriyaki Sauce:

  • 1/3 cup Japanese mirin (sweet rice wine)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce , low sodium preferred
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

Instructions

  1. Lightly season both sides of the chicken thighs with pinch of salt. Combine all the ingredients of the Teriyaki Sauce in a sauce pan. On low heat, simmer and reduce it to a thicker consistency, about 10 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, heat up a non-stick skillet on high heat. Pan-fry the chicken thighs (skin-side down first) until both sides are nicely browned and cooked through. The skin should be pan-fried to a crackly crispy texture. Turn off the heat, transfer the chicken out. Let cool. Slice the chicken thighs into pieces and drizzle the teriyaki sauce over the chicken. Garnish with the sesame seeds, if using. Serve immediately with warm steamed rice.

Nutrition Information

Yield

3

Serving Size

1
Amount Per Serving Calories 462Total Fat 25gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 18gCholesterol 194mgSodium 807mgCarbohydrates 19gFiber 1gSugar 16gProtein 38g

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