Chicken Teriyaki


September 3, 2023

Japanese Main Dishes Recipes Tastier Than Takeout

This Chicken Teriyaki is so simple and easy to put together but comes out so juicy and flavorful. The best part is that is can be made all in one pan! Keep reading for my secret to no fail juicy chicken and how to make HOMEMADE teriyaki sauce – trust me, once you make this recipe, it’s going to be one of your favorites!

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I personally used boneless skin-on chicken thighs, as it cooks quicker (and I love dark meat) but you can also use chicken breast (thinly sliced) or skinless thighs. Just make sure to adjust the cooking time to ensure the meat is cooked thoroughly!

You can sub mirin with rice vinegar – but since this recipe has so few ingredients, I highly recommend you use mirin. As an additional substitute, you can use 1 tbsp of honey mixed with 1/4 cup of water.

You can sub sake with another dry cooking wine (such as white wine or sherry) – but since this recipe has so few ingredients, I highly recommend you use sake. As an additional substitute, you can use 1 tbsp of honey mixed with 1/4 cup of water (similar to the mirin substitute).

This home-made Teriyaki sauce is so simple to make and only needs a handful of ingredients! Feel free to double or triple the recipe for the sauce and store it an air tight container in the fridge for stir fries, yakisoba, or vegetables during the week! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Soy Sauce
  • Mirin
  • Sake
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Brown Sugar


This is the KEY tip for quick but JUICY chicken! Season the chicken with salt & pepper for 15 minutes before cooking to allow the salt absorb into the meat. This “dry brine” will result in crispy skin and juicy meat. The salt will draw out some moisture, so make sure to pat the chicken as dry as possible with a paper towel prior to sauteing in the pan. (Otherwise your skin will not get as crispy!)

TERIYAKI SAUCE 101Trust me, HOMEMADE is 100% better in this case!

  • WATCH YOUR SAUCE – You want the sauce to be thick and syrupy, which will happen as it cooks down. HOWEVER, as the water cooks down, there is a higher chance of the sugar burning, so keep this on a simmer and watch it!
  • TERIYAKI SAUCE IS NOT A MARINADE – In this recipe, teriyaki sauce is used as more of a finishing sauce. You want to layer it on the chicken in the last couple minutes of cooking so it’s cooked on the chicken, like a glaze.

I personally double or triple the sauce, as I love it on EVERYTHING! You can save it in an airtight container for up to one week in the refrigerator.

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Chicken Teriyaki on a plate

One Pan Chicken Teriyaki

This deliciously juicy Chicken Teriyaki can be made all in one pan for an easy and delicious weeknight meal!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 lb boneless skin on chicken thighs
  • 1/2 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper

Teriyaki Sauce

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup mirin
  • 1/4 cup sake
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • 1 tbsp ginger grated


  • Season chicken on both sides with salt and white pepper. Let rest for 15 minutes to let the salt absorb into the chicken and skin.
  • While the chicken is resting, mix soy sauce, mirin, sake, brown sugar, garlic, and ginger in a bowl and set aside.
  • Pat chicken dry with a paper towel to remove excess moisture. Over medium high heat, add 1 tbsp of oil and sear chicken skin side down for 2-3 minutes or until golden. Flip and cook for another 2-3 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and remove.
  • Use a paper towel to remove any excess fat, then over medium high heat, simmer the teriyaki sauce until the sauce has reduced and thickened (3-4 minutes). Add the chicken back into the pan and baste with sauce for another minute.
  • Spoon extra sauce over the chicken, serve with rice and enjoy!
Keyword chicken, teriyaki
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  1. I like when you provide a picture of the brands of ingredients you use. I’ve never used some of the products and am not sure what has the best flavor vs ordinary flavor. I’ve made your mushroom chicken twice now and love it. I am tackling one of your dishs a week to learn some new meals. Love them.

  2. what kinda of sake do you use in – there is Gekkeikan, Sho Chiku, Momokawa Silver dry crips, Ozeki, ty-Ku Junmai and I don’t know what to use in the chicken Teriyaki.

    1. Hi Denise – any “draft” sake should work well! I normally spend about $4-$6 on a bottle for cooking.

  3. 5 stars
    As a Londoner we are graced with a million options of Asian food in our city, so we know what ‘good is’!
    I’m a keen home cook who loves to new Asian recipes and this is a failsafe, my brothers also tried it and loved it!
    Ps I had no sake so used rice wine vinegar and it tasted lovely x

  4. Wow, this teriyaki chicken looks absolutely incredible! As a big fan of Japanese cuisine, I’m always on the hunt for authentic teriyaki chicken recipes. Your recipe definitely fits the bill with its use of mirin, sake, and soy sauce for the glaze. I really appreciate you sharing details like using dark meat chicken thighs and cooking them skin-side down first to get a nice crispy skin. Those sesame seeds on top are the perfect finishing touch! I also love your suggestions for steamed rice and vegetables on the side – it makes for a well-rounded and flavorful Japanese meal. I can’t wait to make your best teriyaki chicken recipe this weekend for my family. Thanks for sharing the detailed instructions and mouthwatering photos. This looks like an amazing way to enjoy one of my favorite Japanese dishes at home!