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 a lot of hassle. It’s definitely going to become your next favorite stir-fry!
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!
Read along to find out how to make this delicious recipe at home with step-by-step instructions!
What is Chicken Teriyaki?
Who doesn’t love a good Chicken Teriyaki? It’s the perfect Japanese dish that gives one of the best-tasting stir-fries ever!
Teriyaki refers to the style of cooking used to make this recipe and the sauce used to glaze the chicken. This way, it’s also referred to the dish itself.
Teri, in Japanese, means ‘luster’ while yaki means ‘to grill, pan-fry or cook’. In this way, Teriyaki means a glossy and pan-fried dish, exactly how Chicken Teriyaki is supposed to be!
So, while you might have read recipes that use an oven with a baking dish to make the chicken or use a crock pot, that’s not how Chicken Teriyaki is meant to be made!
Grilling the chicken in the way Americans do is also not common in Japan, so pan-frying is the way to go.
I’ll teach you exactly how to pan-fry it to perfection in this post. The sauce itself will taste better than any store-bought teriyaki sauce you’ve ever had!
What Does Chicken Teriyaki Taste Like?
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.
What is Teriyaki Sauce Made Of?
Traditional teriyaki sauce ingredients are soy sauce, mirin, sake, and sugar.
Sake is a Japanese rice wine, and mirin is a rice wine with a sweeter flavor.
Since we don’t consume alcohol in my household, this recipe I’m sharing gives you the delicious taste of Chicken Teriyaki without using sake or mirin! It’s my personal secret way of achieving authentic flavor.
It’s the best recipe to use if you can’t get your hands on these ingredients but still want the perfect flavor. You should also go for it if you don’t consume alcohol.
You also don’t even need to substitute mirin or sake with rice wine vinegar and even rice vinegar My secret recipe takes care of it all without these ingredients.
A lot of people also tend to add chicken broth to the recipe instead of water, but this is not required at all. In fact, it takes away from the beautiful flavor of the sauce itself.
What You Need to Make Chicken Teriyaki at Home
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 instead. 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 really 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!
Water: We’ll be using water to bring the sauces together and cook them without burning them. You’ll also need 2 tablespoons of it separately to make a cornstarch slurry.
Cornstarch: This is to make a quick cornstarch slurry to thicken the sauce to the perfect consistency so that it coats the cooked chicken.
Sesame seeds: I love using sesame seeds for garnishing, but you can also use green onions as well and add some steamed broccoli too!
How to Make Chicken Teriyaki – Step by Step
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:
First up, 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.
Next, use a kitchen towel to remove excess oil from the pan.
Now it’s time to get the sauce going! Pour the sauce mixture into the chicken in the pan and bring it to a boil, then let it simmer for 1 minute.
Next, 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.
Serve immediately while hot and fresh.
Other Recipes You’ll Love
The Perfect Parboiled Rice: Chicken Teriyaki goes beautifully with some perfectly cooked rice. This parboiled rice recipe is forgiving and the easiest way to get perfect rice at home every time!
Easy Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry: Looking for another stir fry? This easy chicken and broccoli stir fry will be ready in just 20 minutes! This dish is low in calories and healthier than Chinese takeout!
Cashew Chicken: This is another super popular takeout recipe! Make it alongside Chicken Teriyaki for the ultimate takeout dinner!
Easy Chicken Teriyaki Recipe (With the Simplest Ingredients)
- 2 skinless chicken breasts 80gm each
- 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 leftover will not taste as good.
- The post was originally published in 2014 and is updated with more information.