This easy Chicken Teriyaki recipe is the perfect way to get your Asian takeaway fix! It’s juicy chicken cooked with the perfect homemade teriyaki sauce. By following this recipe, you’ll get authentic flavors without hassle.
This quick recipe is going to win everyone’s heart in your family. And the sticky, perfectly glossy sauce is the best you’d ever have! It’s going to become your next favorite stir-fry!
Read along to find out how to make this delicious recipe at home with step-by-step instructions! If you like Asian takeaway dishes, you must try my Honey Garlic Chicken Recipe; follow it with my Easy Chicken Lo Mein, and I'm sure Orange Chicken will be the perfect dinner.
❤️ WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS RECIPE
- Easy to make: This Chicken Teriyaki recipe is perfect for beginner cooks as it is simple and quick to make. With only a few ingredients required, you can have a tasty meal ready quickly.
- Versatile: This recipe is versatile as it can be served with various sides such, as rice, vegetables, or salad.
- Delicious: The combination of salty and sweet flavors in the homemade teriyaki sauce makes this dish incredibly flavorful. The chicken stays juicy and tender while absorbing all the delicious flavors.
- Crowd-pleaser: Whether you’re cooking for family, friends, or hosting a party, this recipe is sure to be a hit. Everyone loves chicken, and the flavorful teriyaki sauce will leave them wanting more.
You also need the simplest ingredients to make this Easy Teriyaki Chicken recipe at home. Here’s what you’ll need:
Chicken: I’ve used chicken breasts for this recipe, but you can also use boneless skinless chicken thighs. I wanted to use chicken breasts so you could learn how to achieve the juicy flavor even if you use such a lean cut of chicken.
Brown sugar: This balances out the flavors of the soy sauce and brings out the perfect level of sweetness.
Ginger: This is going to add that extra special element to your dish.
Soy sauce: This is the base for your homemade teriyaki sauce. I’ve used low-sodium soy sauce in this recipe.
Oyster sauce: You’re going to get the perfect savory, tangy flavor by using oyster sauce since it also boasts umami. It perfectly helps match the sake and mirin flavor as the perfect substitute. This is truly my little secret, and no one can tell I skipped on the sake or mirin while making it!
Cornstarch: This is to make a quick cornstarch slurry to thicken the sauce to the perfect consistency so that it coats the cooked chicken.
Making Chicken Teriyaki is so simple; I’m sure you’ll skip ordering out if you try making this even once! It’s easy, delicious, and everything you’d want from an Asian takeout.
Here’s how to make it step by step:
Take a bowl and add water, soy sauce, sugar, oyster sauce, and ginger in it. Mix all the ingredients well.
Heat a pan on medium heat and add some oil to it. When it’s hot, add the chicken breasts to the pan and cook for 2 minutes on each side on high heat.
Use a kitchen towel to remove excess oil from the pan.
Pour the sauce mixture into the chicken in the pan and bring it to a boil, then let it simmer for 1 minute.
Add the cornstarch slurry and stir it quickly. Switch off the heat when the sauce reaches the right, thick consistency.
Slice the chicken into pieces, place it over some rice, and garnish it with sesame seeds.
Using Low-Sodium Soy Sauce: Use low-sodium soy sauce to prevent the dish from becoming too salty.
Cooking the Chicken: Pat the chicken dry before cooking it to ensure it browns properly. Cook the chicken on high heat to sear it, lock in the juices, and give it a golden color, then reduce the heat and cook it thoroughly.
Adding Vegetables: Add vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, and bell peppers to make the dish more colorful.
Garnishing the Dish: Add sliced green onions and sesame seeds as a garnish for added flavor and presentation.
🍽️HOW TO SERVE
- Serve the chicken teriyaki on a bed of sticky rice and garnish with sliced scallions and toasted sesame seeds for an authentic Japanese-style meal.
- Cut the chicken teriyaki into slices and use it to top off a crispy Asian salad with fresh greens, shredded carrots, and a tangy soy-ginger dressing.
- Serve the chicken teriyaki alongside a stir-fry of your favorite sautéed vegetables for a flavorful meal.
- Top warm buns with the chicken teriyaki and a slaw of crunchy cabbage and carrots for a delicious twist on classic pulled pork.
- Add the chicken teriyaki to a bento box with steamed vegetables, pickled ginger, and a handful of edamame for a quick and easy lunch or dinner on the go.
This chicken teriyaki recipe is delicious, but if you're looking to customize it, here are some ideas you can try:
- Pineapple: Add chunks of pineapple to the recipe to add a sweet and tangy flavor to the dish. You can also use pineapple juice instead of sugar as an alternative.
- Spicy: Add chili flakes or Sriracha sauce to the recipe to give it a spicy kick.
- Honey mustard: Add honey and mustard to the recipe to give it a sweet and tangy flavor.
- Garlic: Add garlic to the recipe to give it an extra burst of flavor.
💬 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Yes, you can freeze chicken teriyaki for up to three months. Let it cool completely before transferring it to a freezer-safe container or bag. When you’re ready to eat it, thaw it in the refrigerator and reheat it gently in the microwave or stovetop.
Yes, you can use bone-in chicken instead of boneless. Just be aware that bone-in chicken will take longer to cook than boneless, so adjust your cooking time accordingly.
Teriyaki sauce has a sweet and tangy flavor and is supposed to be sticky. It perfectly coats the chicken and has a beautiful sheen to it.
Due to the simple soy sauce base, you’ll also notice an incredible umami flavor to authentic Chicken Teriyaki.
To store leftovers of this Chicken Teriyaki recipe, first let it cool down to room temperature. Then, transfer the leftovers to an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
To reheat, place the chicken and sauce in a microwave-safe dish and heat for 1-2 minutes or until heated through. Alternatively, you can reheat it in a pan on the stove over medium-low heat.
As for freezing, this recipe should be fine to freeze. Allow the chicken and sauce to cool completely before transferring to a freezer-safe container. It can be stored in the freezer for up to 2-3 months.
To thaw, take the container out of the freezer and place it in the fridge overnight. Reheat it using the instructions above.
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Easy Chicken Teriyaki Recipe (With the Simplest Ingredients)
- 160 grams skinless chicken breasts
- 3 teaspoon brown sugar
- 2 teaspoon oil
- 1 tablespoon minced ginger
- 3 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon oyster sauce
- ½ cup hot water
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch dissolved in 2 tablespoon water
- Sesame seeds for garnish
- In a bowl, add water, soy sauce, sugar, oyster sauce, and ginger. Mix well.
- To a hot pan, add oil, when hot add the chicken breasts and cook for 2 minutes on each side on high heat. Or cook longer if the chicken breast is thicker.
- Use a kitchen paper/towel to remove excess oil from the pan.
- Add the sauce to the chicken and let it simmer for 1 minute. Add the cornstarch mixture and stir quickly, when thick turn off the heat.
- Cut the chicken breast into slices and serve over rice, sprinkle sesame seeds on top.
- Serve immediately.
- You can go for chicken thighs.
- Instead of water, add chicken stock and ensure it's low in sodium.
- This dish is best when served immediately. The leftovers will not taste as good.
- The post was originally published in 2014 and is updated with more information.
- Serving does not include the rice.