Teriyaki Chicken Recipe (Elevate Your Chicken Game)

Chicken Teriyaki Recipe
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Sizzling Chicken Teriyaki Recipe
Enjoy a delicious Japanese-inspired Chicken Teriyaki dish, featuring tender chicken stir-fried to perfection and coated in a glossy, savory-sweet sauce, served with steamed broccoli over fluffy rice.

Austin here, your friendly Food blogger, back again with another tasty creation straight from my kitchen to yours. Today, I’ve cooked up something extra special – my take on a classic favorite: Chicken Teriyaki. There’s just something about the sweet and savory flavors of teriyaki sauce that never fails to hit the spot.

As an American foodie, I love putting my own spin on global cuisines, and this dish is no exception. With tender chunks of chicken glazed in a sticky teriyaki sauce, served over a bed of fluffy rice, it’s comfort food at its finest. Plus, it’s incredibly simple to make, perfect for busy weeknights when you want something delicious without all the fuss.

So grab your apron and get ready to whip up a batch of this mouthwatering Chicken Teriyaki – your taste buds will thank you! Let’s get cooking! You can also try our Fried Chicken and Chicken Quesadilla Recipe if truly a chicken lover.

What Does Teriyaki Mean?

Teriyaki is a cooking style and also the name of a dish or sauce used to flavor food. “Teri” means “luster,” from the sweet soy sauce marinade, and “Yaki” means “cook, pan-fry, or grill.” So, teriyaki describes the shiny glaze on grilled chicken from the sauce.

Overview: How To Make Teriyaki Chicken?

Chicken Teriyaki Recipe

Hey there, foodies! Austin here, ready to share my go-to Chicken Teriyaki recipe with you. First up, heat some cooking oil in a big pan over medium heat. Once it’s nice and hot, toss in your chicken and let it sizzle away until it’s golden brown and crispy.

Now, let’s whip up that delicious teriyaki sauce! Grab a small jug or bowl and mix together soy sauce, sugar, Sake or vinegar, Mirin, and sesame oil until it’s all nice and combined. Set it aside for a moment.

Next, it’s garlic time! Throw some minced garlic into the center of the pan and let it get all fragrant and delicious for about 30 seconds. Then, pour in that sauce we made earlier and let it simmer away until it turns into a gorgeous, shiny glaze—usually takes about 2-3 minutes.

Once the sauce is nice and thick, toss in some steamed broccoli for some extra veggie goodness. Garnish with some sliced green onions or shallots, and serve it all up over a bed of steamed rice. You’ve got yourself a mouthwatering Chicken Teriyaki dinner ready to enjoy. Bon appétit!

Chicken Teriyaki Recipe

Sizzling Chicken Teriyaki Recipe

Enjoy a delicious Japanese-inspired Chicken Teriyaki dish, featuring tender chicken stir-fried to perfection and coated in a glossy, savory-sweet sauce, served with steamed broccoli over fluffy rice.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Calories: 492kcal
Author: Austin Carter
Servings: 4


  • Large pan
  • Small jug or bowl
  • Whisk
  • Knife and Cutting Board


  • 1.3 pounds skinless boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 3 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp cooking Sake
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil, optional
  • 1 shallot green onion stem
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 4 cups broccoli florets, lightly steamed
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp Mirin
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce


  • Heat cooking oil in a large pan over medium heat.
  • Stir fry chicken until lightly browned and crisp, stirring occasionally.
  • In a small jug or bowl, whisk together soy sauce, sugar, Sake/vinegar, Mirin, and sesame oil. Set aside.
  • Add minced garlic to the center of the pan and sauté until lightly fragrant (about 30 seconds).
  • Pour in the sauce and cook, stirring, until thickened into a shiny glaze (about 2-3 minutes).
  • Add steamed broccoli to the pan.
  • Garnish with green onion slices.
  • Serve over steamed rice.


  • Swap out the garlic for 1/2 teaspoon of minced ginger. You can use both if you like.
  • If your sauce hasn’t thickened, whisk in the cornstarch/water mixture and keep stirring until it’s syrupy.
  • If it’s too thick, add water gradually until it’s the thickness you want.


Calories: 492kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 645mg | Potassium: 640mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 711IU | Vitamin C: 83mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 2mg
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Time For The Tips!

  1. Season the sauce to your liking. If you prefer less saltiness, replace some soy sauce with water. For more saltiness, add some salt.
  2. You can skip the sesame oil if you want. I’ve tried it without, and it’s still yummy. Or, if you really like that flavor, feel free to add more.
  3. When cutting the chicken, try to make the pieces the same size so they cook evenly.
  4. Be careful not to cook the chicken for too long, or it might become dry. Keep an eye on it to prevent overcooking.

What To Serve With Teriyaki Chicken?

Chicken Teriyaki Recipe

Managing Leftovers!

This chicken teriyaki is great for leftovers. The sauce seeps into the chicken, making it even tastier the next day!

To Store in the Fridge: After your chicken cools down, put it in an airtight container and store it in the fridge. It’ll stay good for about 3 days.

To Reheat: When you’re ready to eat again, warm the chicken on the stove over medium heat until it’s heated through. If needed, you can make extra teriyaki sauce to pour on top!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Do I have to use Mirin in the sauce?

A: Mirin adds sweetness and depth to the sauce, but if you don’t have any, you can increase the amount of sugar or use a splash of rice vinegar.

Q: Can I use brown sugar instead of white sugar?

A: Yes, you can substitute brown sugar for white sugar for a slightly different flavor.

Q: What can I substitute for Sake if I don’t have any?

A: You can use dry white wine or rice vinegar as a substitute for Sake.

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