Teriyaki Chicken

Teriyaki chicken is a quick and hearty dish that wins every time. Quickly stir fry chicken pieces and mix with a sticky sweet teriyaki sauce. Serve it on top of a bed of rice alongside freshly steamed veggies. Best of all? You’ll have a healthy and satisfying meal on your dinner table in just 20 minutes.

Teriyaki chicken on a bed of rice and steamed broccoli.

You know that deliciously sweet and sticky teriyaki chicken you get at a Japanese restaurant? Well, it’s pretty simple to make right at home – so add this to your list of easy dinner ideas.

This is a quick stir-fry recipe that will switch up your typical chicken routine. Instead of using a blend of herbs like in my chicken fajitas or slow cooker chicken, we’re turning towards basic Japanese pantry items. Ingredients like soy sauce, rice vinegar, and sake work together to create the most delicious homemade teriyaki sauce. Just pour this over the chicken towards the end, let it simmer, and you’re done.

Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

Forget about the store-bought stuff. It’s full of fillers and colorings. All you need for the most delicious teriyaki sauce is four simple ingredients:

  • Soy Sauce: I’m using Tamari for gluten-free soy sauce. But, you can also use coconut aminos for a soy-free version.
  • Sake: A Japanese alcohol made from fermented rice that can be enjoyed as a drink and give flavor to cooking.
  • Mirin: It’s similar to sake but has a lower alcohol content and more sugar. It also gives our sauce that lovely glaze.
  • Honey: Traditional teriyaki sauce uses granulated sugar, but honey works just as well.

This teriyaki sauce will taste just like your Japanese restaurant favorite! But if you don’t have sake or mirin, check out the substitutions I’ve listed on my teriyaki sauce post. I’ll give you options with pantry staples as well.

Making teriyaki chicken on the stove top.

How To Make Teriyaki Chicken

This recipe is best made with boneless skinless chicken thighs. While you can also use boneless skinless chicken breasts, chicken thighs are generally more tender, flavorful and juicy.

  1. Prep the sauce. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, sake, mirin and honey until everything is well combined. Set this aside.
  2. Prep and cook the chicken. Dice the chicken thighs into bite size pieces. Then, heat the oil in a large saute pan or wok over medium high heat. Add in the chicken and stir fry for 3-4 minutes, until it becomes a golden brown.
  3. Add the sauce. Give the sauce a quick whisk then stir it in with the chicken. Continue cooking and let it simmer for about 4-5 minutes until the sauce has thickened.
  4. Serve. Serve on top a fresh bed of rice and steamed broccoli. Garnish with optional diced green onions and sesame seeds.

Teriyaki chicken recipe served with rice and broccoli.

Teriyaki Chicken Recipe Video

While this recipe comes together fast, it always helps to watch a quick tutorial video. Give it a watch below!

What To Serve With Teriyaki Chicken

Since teriyaki chicken is already rich in flavor, rice and freshly steamed veggies make for the perfect pairing. Below are a few easy ideas to whip up while your chicken is cooking in the pan.

Leftover Storage Tips

If you’ve got leftovers, store the teriyaki chicken and rice in their own containers in the fridge for up to 4 days. This will make sure your rice doesn’t get soggy over time from the sauce.

But if you’re looking to freeze for later, place the chicken into a freezer-safe container and store for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to eat, let it thaw in the fridge overnight and reheat the next day.

A piece of teriyaki chicken picked up with chopsticks.

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Teriyaki chicken in a bowl with rice and broccoli.

Most Delicious Teriyaki Chicken

4.91 from 44 votes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan
Teriyaki chicken is bursting with flavor and super easy. This Japanese restaurant favorite can be made in 20 minutes! Watch the video above to see how I make it.

Ingredients

Chicken Stir Fry

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, diced into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Teriyaki Sauce

  • 1/4 cup tamari soy sauce, or coconut aminos
  • 1/4 cup sake
  • 1/4 cup mirin
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Garnish

  • sesame seeds
  • sliced green onion

Instructions 

  • In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, sake, mirin, and honey until everything is well combined. Set this aside.
    Making the teriyaki sauce in a bowl.
  • Dice the chicken into 1-inch pieces.
    Dicing chicken breast into 1-inch pieces.
  • Heat the oil in a large saute pan or wok over medium-high heat. Add in the chicken and let it cook for 1-2 minutes on one side, until nice and golden. Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
    Searing the diced chicken breasts in a pan.
  • Stir fry the chicken, flip it over, and cook the other side for another 1-2 minutes. You don't want it cooked through at this stage, just seared on the outside.
    Cooking the other side of the diced chicken in a pan.
  • Give the sauce a quick whisk and add it to the pan along with the minced ginger and garlic. Stir the sauce with the chicken and let it simmer for 4-5 minutes until the sauce has reduced and thickened.
    Teriyaki chicken in a pan with teriyaki sauce.
  • Serve on top of a fresh bed of rice and a side of steamed broccoli. Garnish with diced green onions and sesame seeds.
    Finished teriyaki chicken in a bowl with rice and broccoli.

Lisa's Tips

  • Remember that if you don't have sake or mirin, you can still make this delicious recipe. Check out my teriyaki sauce post for substitutions.

Nutrition

Calories: 321kcal, Carbohydrates: 17g, Protein: 35g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 162mg, Sodium: 1345mg, Potassium: 458mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 12g, Vitamin A: 41IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 22mg, Iron: 2mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Chicken Teriyaki, How To Make Teriyaki Chicken, Teriyaki Chicken
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106 comments on “Teriyaki Chicken”

  1. Tried it today ( with rice and broccoli too) and it was delicious! Put it on the list of dinners to have with company. You can prep ahead and the cooking doesn’t take long at all. Definitely one of my favorites. Raves from the family too.5 stars

    • just a follow up on DOWNSHIFTOLOGY May 17, 2021 @ 8:15pm. The recipe is for boneless chicken thighs not chicken breast. I think it was perfect the way the recipe called for with the thighs.5 stars

  2. Thank you Lisa. I don’t eat thigh meat, but sure i could use chicken breast, right? maybe just adjust cooking time.

  3. This is good and pretty quick. It did take longer to reduce for me about 10 but I made maybe one recipe and a quarter.
    The ingredient list calls for chicken thigh but directions say chicken breast. I actually made both, order the breast cooks faster and browns better.4 stars

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