With juicy and tender pieces of chicken coated in a sweet and savory glaze, this Easy Chicken Teriyaki can be made in just under 10 minutes with only 4 basic ingredients. Served with a plate of rice or bread, this recipe will easily become a weeknight favorite made in the comfort of your home.
What is Chicken Teriyaki?
Teriyaki chicken (照り焼きチキン) is easily one of the most popular Japanese dishes loved by many around the world, in which juicy tender pieces of chicken is glazed in a delicious sweet and savory sauce. Teriyaki is a popular cooking technique in Japanese cuisine in which fish or meat are grilled in a glaze of soy sauce, mirin, and sugar.
The result is an incredibly flavorful dish without the need for marinating, which makes the cooking process incredibly convenient and easy while maintaining rich flavors. It is personally one of my favorite dishes to make for my weekly meal preps, as it is so easy to prepare and because it is one of the few dishes that maintains its quality with time. These “microwave-friendly” dishes have been an absolute lifesaver for my busy workdays!
How do you make Easy Chicken Teriyaki?
Chicken Teriyaki consists of two simple components – chicken and teriyaki sauce. Although many people purchase teriyaki sauce, it’s actually incredibly easy to make at home with the access of 3 basic ingredients – soy sauce, sugar, and mirin (you can also use sake). The ratio that I use for each ingredient is 2:2:2, and it comes out perfectly each time.
For the chicken, I highly recommend using chicken thighs as they are the most tender parts of the chicken, and will create the juiciest chicken pieces to be wrapped around in the glaze. I prefer to use skin-on boneless chicken thighs as it creates a crispy layer to the chicken, but for this recipe, I have used the skinless kind as they are easier to find. To organize, here is a list of ingredients you will need for this recipe:
- Boneless chicken thighs (skin on or skinless), seasoned with salt
- Soy sauce
- Mirin (or sake)
These 4 basic ingredients are all you need to make the best chicken teriyaki from scratch, in the comfort of your own home. You can also make the sauce in advance, which makes the process even easier! Stored in a tightly sealed container, it keeps well in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
How do you serve Chicken Teriyaki?
One of the reasons I adore this dish is its versatility. Here are some of my favorite ways to serve chicken teriyaki:
- With a plate of steamed brown or white rice, my personal favorite is Jasmine rice as the aroma delightfully complements the teriyaki.
- Asian noodles such as soba noodles, rice noodles, or chow mein noodles
- Served on top of tortillas with some lettuce and melted mozzarella cheese (this was my mom’s recipe, which I still absolutely adore to this day)
I hope you enjoy this easy and delicious recipe, and please feel free to leave me a comment below or send me a message on Instagram if you have any questions!
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Easy Chicken Teriyaki
- 1 lb boneless chicken thighs skin-on or skinless
- salt to lightly season the chicken
- chopped green onions and sesame seeds for garnishing
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 2 tbsp mirin or sake
- Lightly season both sides of the chicken with salt. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, combine equal parts of soy sauce, sugar, and mirin.
- Heat cooking oil in a skillet over medium heat. Fry the chicken, flipping occasionally until both sides are golden and cooked through.
- Add teriyaki sauce and coat the chicken by flipping to continuously bast it with the sauce. Continue to cook until the chicken is coated in a thick, shiny glaze.
- Turn off the heat, top with chopped green onions and sesame seeds. Serve alongside steamed rice, noodles, or bread. Enjoy!