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Teriyaki Chicken

March 8, 2024

This teriyaki chicken recipe has all the flavors–it’s sweet with a touch of honey and brown sugar, savory, and packed with umami, and you can make it all at home!

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homemade teriyaki chicken on a plate served over white rice with steamed broccoli on the side next to chop sticks
Photography by Gayle McLeod

Easy Teriyaki Chicken In Your Home Kitchen

There’s some dishes that we never imagined we would be able to successfully recreate at home. The juicy, flavorful chicken teriyaki we love ordering out is surprisingly simple and quick to make. The homemade teriyaki sauce is made with a handful of ingredients, and the chicken does not require a marinade to get that restaurant-quality flavor. It’s a quick weeknight dinner that’s as good (we think better!!) as ordering take out. For a riff on the classic, check out our Teriyaki Meatballs, or for even more takeout-inspired goodness, try our easy, delicious Orange Chicken.

vegetable oil, chicken, cornstarch, brown sugar, soy sauce, honey, ginger & garlic powder in bowls to make teriyaki chicken

Teriyaki Sauce Ingredients

This recipe requires a few key ingredient. Gather the following for the most delicious sauce chicken has ever met.

  • Cornstarch

  • Brown sugar

  • Low sodium soy sauce or tamari (Or, if you’re GF, it’s fine to use gluten-free tamari)

  • Honey

  • Ground ginger

  • Garlic powder

teriyaki chicken in a skillet made with cornstarch, brown sugar, soy sauce, honey, ginger and garlic powder

How To Make Teriyaki Chicken

  1. Heat some oil in a pan until it is glistening, then add the chicken (you can use chicken thighs or breasts–whichever you prefer!) and cook 3-4 minutes per side. Pro tip: do not move the chicken while it cooks (it’s tempting, but just let it get nice and brown!)

  2. While the chicken is cooking, you can quickly prepare the teriyaki sauce in a small bowl. Stir the cornstarch and cold water together until the cornstarch dissolves. Then whisk in the brown sugar, soy sauce, honey, ginger, and garlic powder.

  3. Once the chicken is done, add the sauce to the pan and bring the sauce to a simmer over medium-high heat. You’ll reduce the heat to medium low and cook until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has thickened, about 3 to 5 minutes.

  4. To serve, divide the rice between bowls and top with the chicken and pour the sauce from the pan over everything.

  5. Garnish with sesame seeds and green onions, if using, before serving. Some folks like to serve broccoli with this, and we recommend checking out our article about How To Steam Broccoli if you take that route.

teriyaki chicken in a skillet made with cornstarch, brown sugar, soy sauce, honey, ginger and garlic powder

Tips For Making Homemade Teriyaki Chicken

Since this recipe has so few ingredients (yes!), we want to make sure that everything is cooked perfectly. This includes letting the chicken cook! Sounds funny, but it’s true. Our inclination is always to fuss with this chicken while it cooks. And the secret to getting a golden brown crust on the chicken is to let it be. Watch the heat when you cook the teriyaki sauce. Our sauce includes brown sugar and honey, so you don’t want the heat to be too high because you’ll end up burning the sugars. It happens to the best of us, and we want to save you the struggle. And we could say a million things about cooking rice. And we have! Check out our tips for preparing the perfect rice, either Brown Rice or White Rice recipes will taste great with this easy chicken teriyaki recipe.

homemade teriyaki chicken served over white rice with steamed broccoli on the side

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Teriyaki Chicken

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time:  10 min
  • Cook Time:  15 min
  • Calories: 356

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into ¾ -inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1¼ cups cold water
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup soy sauce or tamari
  • 3 teaspoons honey
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Cooked rice, for serving
  • Sesame seeds, for serving (optional)
  • Sliced green onions, for serving (optional)

Method

  1. Sprinkle the chicken all over with the salt. Heat the vegetable oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Once the oil is glistening, add the chicken and cook, undisturbed, until browned, 3-4 minutes per side.

  2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the cornstarch with the water. Whisk in the brown sugar, soy sauce, honey, ginger, and garlic powder.

  3. Once the chicken is done, add the sauce to the pan and bring the sauce to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and cook until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 5 minutes. The sauce will continue to thicken as it cools.

  4. Divide rice between bowls and top with the chicken and sauce from the pan. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions, if using, before serving.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories356
  • Protein35 g
  • Carbohydrates36 g
  • Total Fat7 g
  • Dietary Fiber0 g
  • Cholesterol87 mg
  • sodium687 mg
  • Total Sugars31 g

Teriyaki Chicken

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  • Jessica

    Thoughts on lessening the brown sugar? Would a little more honey work it should I just try it less sweet? Thank you!

    Give it a try, we think it will work out fine!

  • Serena

    Would this be good on salmon, too?!

    Totally!

  • Maggie

    This was so good and so easy; I genuinely thought better than takeout. I happened to have fresh ginger and garlic on hand so used that instead of the dried spices. Sure it would have been great either way! Husband gobbled it up, too.

    Thanks Maggie, we are so happy you love it!

  • Sarah

    This was such a quick, easy, and *delicious* recipe! We will 100% be making this again.

    Thanks Sarah, we are so happy you loved it!

  • Rachel

    Love, love love… its a stable in our family home. Always requested by the kids.

    Thanks Rachel, so happy your family loves it!

  • Amy

    This was delicious! I used 2.5 lbs of chicken thighs and browned them in two batches, and a bunch of grated fresh ginger because I didn't have powdered. More than enough sauce even with the increase in chicken. Make lots of rice to sop up the sauce!

    Yum! Love fresh ginger! Yes, we love our sauce for the rice.

  • Christina

    My husband said this is the best Asian inspired sauce that I have made! Even the teenager liked it!

    YES, what a win for your family! We are so happy you all enjoyed it Christina!