Teriyaki Chicken Recipe — Tasty Japanese Style!

This Teriyaki Chicken recipe is easy to make, and the teriyaki sauce can be used in many kinds of dishes. This sauce is a semi-traditional Japanese variation using sake and mirin–it’s sweet, but not overly so–for a sweeter sauce, just add a little more brown sugar.

Teriyaki Chicken Ingredients:
1½ lb. CHICKEN (cut into pieces)
2 Tbsp OIL (for cooking chicken)
1 tsp HOT PEPPER (optional, finely chopped)
GREEN ONION TOPS (sliced for garnish)
SALT and PEPPER (to taste)

Teriyaki Sauce:
¼ cup MIRIN
¼ cup SAKE
¼ cup SOY SAUCE (light sodium)
1 tsp GINGER (finely chopped)

How to make a great teriyaki sauce.

Ingredients for a great teriyaki sauce.

Teriyaki Chicken Directions:
In a bowl, combine mirin, sake, and soy sauce. Add 1 tsp minced ginger and 1 or 2 Tbsp of Brown sugar, depending on how sweet you like your teriyaki sauce. Mix ingredients well and set aside.
I’m using boneless and skinless chicken thighs, but if you prefer chicken breasts, then use those. I like to cut my chicken up before cooking, that way it cooks quicker and gets more of an all around sear. I cut the chicken into about 1″ pieces. In a bowl, lightly season the chicken peices with salt and pepper. Add the corn starch and mix until the chicken is well coated.

In a skillet, heat oil on medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the chicken. Let the chicken cook about 3 minutes and then turn the pieces and let them cook an additional 3 minutes…adjust this time depending on the size of the chicken; you want the chicken to be almost done, but not quite. If you like your dish to have a bit of spicy heat, add some finely chopped hot pepper to taste.

When the chicken is near completion, drain off any excess oils and chicken fat (there won’t be much if you’re using skinless chicken).

Raise the skillet temperature to high and add the teriyaki sauce.
The sauce will begin to bubble quickly. Allow it to cook on high for a couple of minutes to reduce the mirin and sake. After a couple of minutes, reduce the heat to med/low and continue cooking until the sauce is the consistency you like. If the sauce cooks too long and gets too thick, add a little water to thin it, and for a thicker sauce, mix 1 teaspoon cornstarch with water and add to skillet and stir until thickness desired.

And that’s it– chicken teriyaki! or is it teriyaki chicken? Does it really matter?
Serve the chicken teriyaki over rice and top with chopped green onion. For extra sauce, double the sauce ingredients–extra sauce is great on rice.
Give this Teriyaki Chicken recipe a try and let me know what you think, and bon appétit!

And for another awesome Asian dish, try this General Tso’s Chicken Recipe.

general tso chicken


Teriyaki Chicken Recipe — Tasty Japanese Style! — 1 Comment

  1. Rather than coat the chicken with cornstarch prior to cooking the chicken, why not just add some cornstarch to the sauce. I think doubling up makes it too “cornstarchy” and if I’m gonna use it once, I’d rather just put it in the sauce where it belongs. Your thoughts?

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