Chicken Teriyaki

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Chicken Teriyaki with tender and juicy chicken cooked in easy-homemade sauce! Forget bottled teriyaki, this easy recipe is ready in 20 minutes!

chicken teriyaki in a pan

I just love how flavorful the chicken is when cooked this way. It’s savory and sweet at the same time. So whenever I want to prepare a Japanese dish for my family, this is one of my go-to. If I’m up to it, I even go big and pair it with ramen.

chicken teriyaki with vegetables

What is Teriyaki?

Want to hear something funny? When I was younger, I thought teriyaki is a sauce! LOL! Later on, I discovered that it’s the method of cooking the meat. With chicken teriyaki, the meat is pan-fried or grilled then cooked in the sauce to give it gloss or luster. Some recipes use cubed chicken breast but for me the deboned thigh part with skin on works better for this recipe.

chikcken in a plate

How to make Chicken Teriyaki

This recipe is so easy and you will just work with a few ingredients.

soy sauce, sugar and mirin
Ingredients for making the sauce.
Sauce ingredientsChicken ingredients
SugarDeboned Chicken Thighs
Mirin / sakePepper
Soy sauceSalt
Cooking oil
chicken on top of table
  • To make the sauce. Tip in Sugar, soy sauce, mirin in a saucepan. Cook in low-medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Set aside.
  • Wash and clean the deboned chicken thigh then drain in a colander to remove excess water. Transfer the chicken into a bowl and rub with salt and pepper. Marinate for 10 mins.
  • Heat oil in a frying pan over high heat. Place the chicken skin down and fry until the skin is crispy then turn to cook the other side. Fry for about 10 mins or until golden brown.
  • When the chicken thighs are nice and golden, pour the sauce and lower the heat to avoid burning the chicken.
  • Patiently spoon over the teriyaki sauce, Simmer for 10 mins or until the sauce is thick. Then garnish with toasted sesame seed. Bon appetite!
chicken cooking in a pan

Tips for Chicken Teriyaki

  • Although other recipes call for baking or grilling the chicken, I suggest pan-frying. And don not for get to fry with the side where the skin is on. The skin keeps the meat from over cooking and as a result, you get moist and juicy meat.

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Chicken Teriyaki

Chicken Teriyaki with tender and juicy chicken cooked in easy-homemade sauce! Forget bottled teriyaki, this easy recipe is ready in 20 minutes!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: International, Japanese
Keyword: chicken recipe, chicken teriyaki, chicken teriyaki recipe
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Mia

Ingredients

Sauce ingredients

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp mirin
  • 2 tbsp sugar

Marinate for chicken

  • 500 grams chicken thigh deboned – skin on
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil for frying

Instructions

  • To make the sauce. Tip in Sugar, soy sauce, mirin in a saucepan. Cook in low-medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Set aside.
    make the sauce
  • Wash and clean the deboned chicken thigh then drain in a colander to remove excess water. Transfer the chicken into a bowl and rub with salt and pepper. Marinate for 10 mins.
    marinate chicken
  • Heat oil in a frying pan over high heat. Place the chicken skin down and fry until the skin is crispy then turn to cook the other side. Fry for about 10 mins or until golden brown.
    pan fry chicken
  • When the chicken thighs are nice and golden, pour the sauce and lower the heat to avoid burning the chicken.
    pour the sauce
  • Patiently spoon over the teriyaki sauce, Simmer for 10 mins or until the sauce is thick. Then garnish with toasted sesame seed. Bon appetite!
    chicken with sauce

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