Hands down, the best ever teriyaki chicken breast with a homemade teriyaki sauce recipe! This is the one and only recipe I’ve used for years! It’s very easy to make, aromatic and JUICY! You can use this chicken breast recipe with juicy chicken thigh or even chicken drumsticks or party wings! The sauce is so delicious and easy to make, with ginger, garlic, sesame seed oil and soy sauce! Enjoy this chicken with salad, rice or steamed veggies! Try it with my new Asian Chicken Salad!
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Ingredients for Teriyaki Chicken
I love how simple, easy and delicious this chicken recipe is! Here’s what you’ll need to make it at home:
- Chicken: read my next paragraph about all the different types of chicken you can use with this recipe!
- Soy Sauce, Rice Vinegar & Sesame Seed Oil: for making the homemade teriyaki sauce. Tamari sauce, another type of soy sauce, will also work well here.
- Garlic: use pressed or finely minced garlic for best results.
- Ginger: I like to use a premade ginger puree. You can also grate or puree some fresh ginger for a stronger flavor.
- Brown Sugar: for sweetening the sauce. You can also use honey, maple syrup or agave syrup for making the sauce.
- Cornstarch: for thickening the teriyaki sauce. You can also use arrowroot powder in place of the cornstarch.
- Sesame Seeds: to garnish the chicken. These are optional but I personally love to add this finishing touch!
What Type of Chicken Can I Use?
For my video recipe, I used 4 large and juicy chicken breasts. This incredible chicken breast recipe can also be used with other cuts of chicken. Try this recipe with 6 bone-in or boneless chicken thighs; 6 to 8 chicken drumsticks; or even 18 to 20 chicken party wings. Whichever cut of chicken meat you use, the instructions will stay about the same. Pan-fry the thighs, drumsticks or party wings, then add the remaining sauce and finish in the oven. Make sure to temperature check the meat! It needs to reach 165F/74C no matter the cut of chicken!
Making Homemade Teriyaki Sauce
This teriyaki chicken breast recipe starts with the most incredible homemade teriyaki sauce recipe. I use the same sauce to marinate the chicken, cook it and glaze it! It’s made with soy sauce, water, brown sugar, sesame seed oil, rice vinegar, ginger and garlic. Just mix all the ingredients together in a small measuring cup or bowl and it’s ready to be used. This sauce can also stand in the refrigerator for up to 1 week if you wish to use it for another recipe.
Preparing Teriyaki Chicken
You’ll love how easy this chicken recipe truly is! The end result is amazing – super juicy and tender chicken that just melts in your mouth! Just a few easy steps to follow to make this incredible chicken!
- Marinate: Once you have the sauce ready, it’s time to marinate! Arrange the chicken in a large casserole tray and pour the sauce over the top. Allow the chicken to marinade in the prepared teriyaki sauce for a minimum of 1 hour, turning the chicken after 30 minutes. Ideally, I recommend marinating the chicken overnight. The longer the chicken marinades, the more flavor it will absorb!
- Pan-Fry: After the chicken is marinated, take it out of the marinade and pat it dry with paper towels. This will allow the chicken to brown better. Preheat a large frying pan with a bit of oil until it’s super hot. I recommend using a stainless steel or cast iron pan for best results. Add in the chicken breast and brown it on both sides, about 5 to 6 minutes per side. Pour the remaining marinade over the chicken and then let it simmer for a few minutes.
- Finish in the Oven: Transfer the chicken into a preheat oven set to 425F/218C. Finish cooking the chicken in the oven, turning just a few times. The timing all depends on the size of your chicken breast. Larger pieces can take 15 to 18 minutes, but smaller cuts can be ready as soon as 8 minutes. I recommend using a meat thermometer and make sure the temperature reaches 165F/74C.
- Finishing the sauce: Once the chicken is cooked, remove it from the pan and transform the sauce into a glaze! Just add in a cornstarch slurry to the pan and let the sauce thicken and simmer for a minute. Then, return the chicken back into the pan and coat in generously in the finished sauce!
Teriyaki Chicken Servings Suggestions
This teriyaki chicken breast is so delicious and can be enjoyed in a variety of ways! I love this chicken with my Asian Chicken Salad. Try serving it simply with a side of steamed veggies and a bowl of steamed white or brown rice. You can also try it with my ‘Easy Mushroom Rice’ for an incredible flavor experience! It’s also great with noodles!
Easy Cleanup Tip!
Want less dishes to wash after dinner? Try using two ziplock bags instead of a casserole tray to marinate the chicken! I recommend doubling up the bags so nothing leaks into your refrigerator. Drop the chicken breast (or thighs or drumsticks) into the bag and pour in the prepared homemade teriyaki sauce. Seal the bag and try to get as much extra air out of the bag as possible. That’s it! Just let the chicken marinade! Once it’s done, take the chicken and make sure to reserve the marinade for later.
Enjoyed this delicious chicken recipe? Check out some of my other recipes you’re sure to enjoy!
- Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry – the best ever stir fry recipe with the same teriyaki sauce, loads of veggies and optional noodles!
- Teriyaki Chicken Wings – easy chicken wings recipe with delicious sauce! Great appetizer recipe!
- Mango Teriyaki Salmon – one of my favorites, with homemade teriyaki sauce and mango avocado salsa on top!
- Teriyaki Salmon Bowl – delicious salmon cooked with teriyaki sauce, served with veggies and rice!
- Asian Chicken Salad – enjoy this chicken with my new delicious salad recipe!
- Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs – these are great grilled or baked! Juicy chicken thigh, pineapple, peppers and homemade sauce!
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Easy Teriyaki Chicken Recipe (video)
- 4 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 tbsp cooking oil
- OR: 6 large chicken thighs
- OR: 6 to 8 large chicken drumsticks
- OR: 18 to 20 chicken party wings
For Teriyaki Sauce:
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tbsp sesame seed oil
- 1 tbsp rice vinegar
- 5 to 6 garlic cloves, pressed or finely minced
- 1 tbsp ginger, pureed or grated
- 1 1/2 tbsp cornstarch, or 1 tbsp arrowroot powder
- 2 tbsp water
- sesame seeds, for garnish; optional
- chopped cilantro, for garnish; optional
- For my video recipe, I used 4 large chicken breasts. This recipe will also work with bone-in or boneless chicken thighs; chicken drumsticks; or even chicken party wings.
Marinating the Chicken:
- First, prepare the teriyaki sauce marinade. In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine the soy sauce, water, sugar, sesame seed oil, rice vinegar, garlic and ginger. Whisk for about 30 seconds until the ingredients are well combined.
- Arrange the chicken in a deep casserole tray or place into a ziplock bag (doubled!). Pour the prepared marinade over the chicken and turn until it’s well coated all over. Marinate the chicken for a minimum of 1 hour, turning after 30 minutes. Ideally, I recommend marinating the chicken overnight. Once the chicken is marinated, remove it from the sauce and lightly pat dry with paper towels. Reserve the leftover marinade!
Cooking the Chicken:
- Preheat the oven to 425F/218C. Preheat a large stainless steel or cast iron pan over medium-high heat and add a few tablespoons of oil. Once the pan and oil are extra hot, carefully add in the marinated chicken. For chicken breasts, fry them on each side for about 5 to 6 minutes, until well browned all over. For other cuts of chicken, do the same: fry on all sides until the outside is well browned.
- Pour the remaining teriyaki sauce over the browned chicken and let the sauce come up to a simmer; simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer the chicken into the preheated oven and finish cooking in the oven. Whichever cut of meat you use, the internal temperature needs to reach 165F/74C. For smaller chicken breasts, bake for 7 to 10 minutes; for larger breasts, bake for 15 to 18 minutes. Bone-in drumsticks and chicken thighs can take 18 to 22 minutes. Boneless chicken thighs bake in approximately 6 to 8 minutes. Bone-in party wings will take approximately 10 to 12 minutes. All timing is approximate and may increase or decrease depending on size!
Adding the Sauce:
- Once the chicken is done cooking, remove it from the pan onto a clean tray and bring the sauce back up to a simmer over medium heat. In a small ramekin, combine the cornstarch and water and stir to combine. Add the slurry to the sauce and whisk it in; the sauce will start to thicken immediately. Whisk the sauce for about 1 minute, then remove it from heat. Return the prepared chicken back into the pan and turn until it’s well coated in the teriyaki glaze. Enjoy the chicken immediately for best flavor.