Chicken With Teriyaki Sauce Recipe

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This chicken with teriyaki sauce recipe is very easy to make, nutritious and delicious. This teriyaki chicken recipe also makes a very attractive dish with the rich mahogany coloring and sweet aroma of the tender meat as it bakes. This baked chicken with teriyaki sauce recipe is a must-try for anyone who loves teriyaki.

Chicken Teriyaki

Think teriyaki is just a sauce? Think again! Teriyaki is actually a cooking technique originating in Japan, involving boiling or broiling meat or seafood with a sweet and salty soy glaze.

This American-style chicken teriyaki is a little salty, a little sweet, a little sour, and has just the tiniest hint of spice from minced ginger. Serve it up with a side of steamed rice and broccoli and make your mom proud that you’re finally eating balanced, proper meals. We use chicken breasts here for ease, but you can substitute with any other type of protein: dark meat, pork, beef, or tofu. The best part? It takes just about half an hour to make.

It’s important to get a nice sear on whatever protein you use–refrain from stirring to much, which prevents that tasty crust from forming, and don’t overcrowd the pan. Cook your protein in batches if your pan won’t allow for at least 1/2″ of space between each piece. 

Got leftovers? Heat a small amount of oil in a skillet, add your chicken, and cook until warm, stirring frequently. If your sauce is too thick, add water about 1 tablespoon at a time, stirring to incorporate into the sauce.

Made this? Let us know how it went in the comment section below!

CAL/SERV:227

YIELDS:4 SERVINGS

PREP TIME:0 HOURS 15 MINS

TOTAL TIME:0 HOURS 35 MINS

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE SAUCE

1/3 c. 

reduced-sodium soy sauce

1 1/2 tbsp. 

rice wine vinegar

1 tsp. 

toasted sesame oil

1 1/2 tbsp. 

honey

cloves garlic, minced

2 tsp. 

finely minced or grated fresh ginger

1 1/2 tsp. 

cornstarch

FOR THE CHICKEN

1 tbsp. 

vegetable oil

1 lb. 

boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1″ pieces

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Toasted sesame seeds, for garnish

Sliced scallions, for garnish

Cooked white rice, for serving

Steamed broccoli, for serving

DIRECTIONS

  1. Make sauce: In a medium bowl, whisk together soy sauce, rice vinegar, oil, honey, garlic, ginger, and cornstarch.
  2. Make chicken: In a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add chicken to skillet and season with salt and pepper. Cook until golden and almost cooked through, about 10 minutes.
  3. Pour sauce over chicken and simmer until sauce has thickened slightly and chicken is cooked through, 5 minutes. 
  4. Garnish with sesame seeds and scallions. Serve over rice with steamed broccoli.

Teriyaki Chicken

Teriyaki Chicken has a simple sauce made of soy sauce, water, honey, vinegar, garlic and ginger. The perfect sticky sauce for serving over rice!

See the step by step recipe down in the recipe card.

overhead image of teriyaki chicken in skillet with wooden spoon

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It’s no secret that we love a sweet and savory, sticky sauce over chicken here, like this Baked Honey Garlic Chicken, this Crockpot Pineapple Chicken or these Crockpot Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs, and this Teriyaki Chicken is just as high on our list of favorites!

It comes together so quickly and I love it for busy weeknights (or those weekends when you have a hundred projects on the go!).

We usually serve it over this Instant Pot Brown Rice — I love that it basically cooks itself so I only have to watch one pan, but it is also delicious on its own with a salad or over noodles.

close up image of teriyaki chicken on white rice

What is in teriyaki sauce?

Teriyaki sauce is a Japanese cooking sauce made up of soy sauce, sake and mirin, though the word “teriyaki” actually refers to the cooking method. Here is more information from an authentic source if you are looking to enlighten yourselves!

This is my own take on teriyaki chicken, obviously, as the original usually includes sake or mirin, which aren’t ingredients we usually have.

If you are looking for an authentic Japanese teriyaki recipe, please see the link above.

How to make Teriyaki Chicken:

Again, we are making this Teriyaki Chicken Canadian-style, so we are using a simple frying pan instead of a grill.

  1. Stir together your sauce: the chicken cooks quickly, especially when it is cut into pieces, so we want to make sure our sauce is ready when our chicken is.
  2. Cut the chicken into small (3/4-1″ pieces) and heat oil in a medium skillet.
  3. Cook the chicken until you can’t see any pink. You can brown it if you like, but I find with smaller pieces of chicken they become overcooked quickly, and it will be covered in sauce anyway.
  4. Pour the sauce over the chicken and cook for about 5 minutes, until the sauce is nice and thick and the largest piece of chicken registers an internal temperature of 165 degrees F on a meat thermometer.
teriyaki chicken ingredients
Prep all ingredients

Ingredients and Substitutions:

  • Soy sauce: I always choose low sodium soy sauce at the grocery store and add salt later if necessary.
  • Water: water isn’t traditionally used in teriyaki sauce, but I like to add a little to mellow out the flavors. You could also use chicken or vegetable broth.
  • Honey: a little sweetness to balance out the savoriness of the soy sauce. You can substitute with brown sugar or maple syrup if you desire.
  • Vinegar: rice wine vinegar where available, but plain white vinegar works fine, too
  • Garlic: fresh is best! I like to buy a jar of minced garlic as it can keep in the fridge for months and I don’t have to worry about chopping it
  • Ginger: again, fresh is best, and you can buy jars of fresh minced ginger, too!
  • Corn Starch: to thicken the sauce slightly so that it coats the chicken nicely.
close up image of teriyaki chicken in skillet with green onions

Can I make Teriyaki Chicken in the slow cooker?

Absolutely!

Simply pour the chicken and the sauce right in the crockpot, and cook on low for 2 hours.

I know that doesn’t seem like a lot, but trust me! 2-3 hours on low for cubed chicken is plenty of time, and it means it won’t be overcooked and dried out.

Can I make Teriyaki Chicken in the oven?

Yes again!

This Teriyaki Chicken would be great baked in the oven with whole chicken breasts, just like this Baked Honey Garlic Chicken.

Simply pour the sauce over the whole chicken breasts in a baking dish and bake at 400 for 20 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.

BEST EVER TERIYAKI CHICKEN

This teriyaki chicken will be the best that you ever make! The tender, juicy chicken is coated with the most amazingly flavored sauce. Once you eat this, it will become your new favorite!

This teriyaki chicken makes the best entree for any meal! Serve this up with some easy fried rice, some delicious vegetable lo mein, and these amazing egg rolls!

A pan of teriyaki chicken being stirred with a wooden spoon.

Teriyaki Chicken Recipe

Trust me when I tell you that this teriyaki chicken recipe is the best. Seriously, I love Asian food so much and have tried countless different recipes. This one takes the cake. Plus, it’s simple. Recipes don’t need to be complicated to be delicious! This teriyaki chicken is smothered with the best teriyaki sauce out there, and the chicken soaks it up, making it really flavorful.

I love chicken teriyaki cooked and eaten with rice and broccoli, but the beauty of this chicken is that you can serve it up with a ton of different sides and it will taste good every time. The flavor combination in the sauce is made with ginger, soy sauce, and garlic, and the aroma in the kitchen makes me so hungry every time. This recipe is simple and easy and tastes like it came straight from a restaurant.

Ingredients to Make Teriyaki Chicken at Home

This recipe is simple and easy to make from the comfort of your own home. No more need to dine out to get chicken this good. Now you can make it for yourself whenever you want! See the recipe card at the bottom of the post for exact measurements.

  • Chicken: You can use chicken thighs or breasts for this recipe. Whichever type you prefer will work great.
  • Salt and Pepper: Use these to your liking to season the chicken.
  • Olive Oil: You will use the olive oil to cook the chicken in before adding the sauce,
  • Soy Sauce: I like to use low sodium soy sauce to make this a little bit healthier.
  • Brown Sugar: You can use light or dark brown sugar.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: You can use rice vinegar in a pinch!
  • Garlic Clove: If you don’t have a fresh clove of garlic on hand then you can use minced garlic instead. ½ teaspoon equals about 1 clove of garlic.
  • Sesame Oil: This is essential to usingin a teriyaki sauce! My favorite one to use is this sesame oil.
  • Freshly Grated Ginger: Whenever you use fresh ingredients, the flavor is more potent.
  • Water and Cornstarch: This will be used to thicken up the sauce.
  • Sesame Seeds and Green Onions: These will be used to garnish the top of your chicken!

How to Make Chicken Teriyaki

This recipe is quick and easy! You can whip it up in no time and have a delicious meal on the table that your entire family will go crazy for! It’s going to fly off of your table fast. If I were you, I would double the recipe.

  1. Cook Chicken: Cut the chicken into one inch pieces and salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in a wok or skillet over medium high heat and add the chicken. Cook until no longer pink and remove and set aside on a plate.
  2. Whisk: In a small bowl combine the soy sauce, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, garlic, sesame oil, and ginger. Then, in a separate small bowl whisk the water and cornstarch to make a slurry. Add the cornstarch to the sauce mixture and whisk.
  3. Thicken Sauce: Add the sauce to the skillet and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and then whisk until it starts to thicken.
  4. Toss Chicken with Sauce: Add the chicken back to the skillet and toss until coated and heated through. Garnish with chopped green onions and sesame seeds. Serve over rice if desired.

Is Teriyaki Chicken Healthy?

Teriyaki chicken is an excellent form of protein but can also be high in sodium. To help counter that, I like to use low sodium soy sauce in this recipe to lower the sodium intake! It’s an easy thing to do and it doesn’t affect the taste at all. Teriyaki chicken is definitely a healthier choice than some of the fried foods that are on the menus at Asian restaurants.

A bowl of rice topped with broccoli and teriyaki chicken.

Helpful Suggestions

There are a few things that you can do to this teriyaki chicken recipe to make it perfect for you and your family! Here are some tips to help you out.

  • How to cut your chicken: To make sure that all of your chicken cooks at the same time, it’s importatnt to make sure that you cut all of the pieces to be similar in size. Then they will cook evenly throughout.
  • Taste: If you like a saltier taste then add a bit more soy sauce. If you want less of a salt taste then you can replace some of the soy sauce with water.
  • Serve it with Rice: If you are looking to serve this teriyaki chicken over some rice then I suggest serving it with white rice or brown rice. But if you want to make this meal even healthier then you can serve it with Cauliflower Fried Rice and it tastes so delicious!
A close up of a teriyaki chicken bowl with a fork in a piece of chicken.

How to Store Leftovers

This chicken teriyaki makes fantastic leftovers. The sauce really soaks into the chicken making it even more flavorful the next day!

  • Store in the Fridge: Once your chicken has cooled then you can place it in an airtight container and store it in your fridge. It will last about 3 days.
  • To Reheat: When you are ready to reheat your chicken then you can cook it on your stover on medium heat until it is warmed through. If you need to, you can make more teriyaki sauce and add it on top!

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