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Chicken Teriyaki

With juicy tender pieces of chicken glazed in a sweet and savory teriyaki sauce, this authentic Japanese Teriyaki Chicken recipe comes together in just eight minutes using four basic ingredients.
Course Entree
Cuisine Best, Japanese
Keyword easy, teriyaki, teriyaki-sauce, weeknight
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Poultry
Diet Dairy-Free
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 367kcal


  • 600 grams skin-on boneless chicken thighs (4-6 large chicken thighs)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons evaporated cane sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sake


  • Sprinkle both sides of the chicken evenly with the salt and set aside until the salt draws out some moisture from the chicken. Use paper towels to pat the chicken dry.
  • Place the chicken skin-side down in a cold non-stick frying pan and turn the heat on to medium. If you are using skinless chicken, you will need to add a bit of oil to the pan.
    Chicken teriyaki starts off with chicken thighs skin-side down in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat.
  • Fry the chicken on one side until the skin is crisp and browned. Flip the chicken over and continue frying until the chicken is almost cooked through.
    For the best tasting chicken teriyaki, pan-fry the chicken thighs until the skin side is crispy.
  • Drain off any excess oil and then use paper towels to wipe up any remaining oil.
    To get the teriyaki sauce shiny, remove any excess oil from the pan using a paper towel an tongs.
  • Add the soy sauce, sugar and sake and turn the heat up to high. Use tongs to continuously flip the chicken to keep basting it with the teriyaki sauce.
    Authentic Teriyaki Sauce is made with soy sauce, sugar and sake added to a pan after the chicken has browned.
  • The chicken teriyaki is done when there is almost no liquid remaining in the pan, and the chicken is coated in a thick, shiny glaze.
    Chicken thighs glazed with easy teriyaki sauce in a frying pan.


Calories: 367kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 147mg | Sodium: 763mg | Potassium: 326mg | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 115IU | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1.2mg