Easy Homemade Teriyaki Chicken

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This Teriyaki Chicken recipe is sweet, savory and everything you want it to be all thanks to my homemade teriyaki sauce. Pair with fresh steamed broccoli and rice and you’ve got a quick and easy dinner!

teriyaki chicken with broccoli on a plate

Teriyaki Chicken | A Simple Weeknight Dinner

I don’t know about you, but whenever we want to get Chinese take-out, our kids go nuts for Teriyaki Chicken. Gordon and I love it too, and I feel like its really hard to go wrong with this recipe.

I do make homemade versions of Ramen Stir Fry, Stir Fry, Fried Rice, and Chow Mein and for some reason I never had thought to make a homemade Teriyaki Chicken! So, after happily testing this recipe several times, we got a recipe down that my husband would crave and the kids would go crazy for.

Note that this recipe makes a lot of sauce because we like to add a lot to our rice and broccoli (which is what is typically served with Teriyaki Chicken and what I recommend serving this with). If you don’t like/want your version as saucy, simply cut all the teriyaki sauce increments in half.

Main Ingredients Needed

Most of the ingredients needed will be used to make the teriyaki sauce! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Soy Sauce – this adds tons of salty umami. This is my favorite brand of soy sauce. It’s not too salty and has a rich deep flavor.
  • Brown Sugar + Honey – this creates some contrast with all of the savory flavors and helps the sauce turn thick.
  • Cornstarch – to also help thicken.
  • Ground Ginger + Garlic Powder – use these spices or use fresh ginger and garlic.
  • Sesame Seeds – these are used as a garnish as well as for some flavor.
  • Chicken Breasts – I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut up into bite-size pieces.
  • Salt + Pepper – don’t forget to season as you go. If you like things saltier add more salt, if you don’t just wait for the sauce to see how much you should add.

Love Teriyaki? Try these recipes next: Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken, Teriyaki Meatballs with Mango Avocado Salsa, Teriyaki Shrimp Soba Noodle Bowl, and Chicken Pineapple Kabobs with Teriyaki Sauce.

chicken in teriyaki sauce

How to Make Teriyaki Chicken

For full details on how to make Teriyaki Chicken, including increments, see the recipe card down below!

Step 1: Make the Teriyaki Sauce

In a liquid measuring cup or small bowl, whisk all ingredients for teriyaki sauce together until smooth and the corn starch has dissolved. Set aside.

Step 2: Cook the Chicken

Spray a large skillet with nonstick cooking spray and then add the olive oil. Preheat over medium heat. Sprinkle chicken with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Add to hot pan and cook, stirring frequently, until completely cooked through.

Step 3: Thicken the Sauce

Once the chicken is cooked, pour over teriyaki sauce liquid and bring to a simmer. As the sauce simmers, it will thicken.

Once the sauce has thickened, add more sesame seeds as a garnish and serve with steamed broccoli and white rice.

teriyaki chicken with broccoli on a plate

More Asian-Inspired Recipes to Try!

This fast and easy Teriyaki Chicken recipe is perfect for busy week day dinners, try it out soon!

The printable recipe card is below 🙂

Homemade Teriyaki Chicken

This Teriyaki Chicken recipe is tangy and savory all thanks to my homemade teriyaki sauce. Pair with fresh cooked broccoli and rice and you've got dinner!
servings 6 servings
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins

Ingredients

For the Teriyaki Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger or use fresh
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or use fresh
  • 1 tablespoons sesame seeds

For the Chicken:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • extra sesame seeds for garnish

Instructions

  • In a liquid measuring cup or small bowl, whisk all ingredients for teriyaki sauce together until smooth. Set aside.
  • Spray a large skillet with nonstick cooking spray and then add the olive oil. Preheat over medium heat. Sprinkle chicken with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Add to hot pan and cook, stirring frequently, until completely cooked through.
    chicken in a hot pan
  • Once chicken is cooked, pour over teriyaki sauce liquid and bring to a simmer. As the sauce simmers, it will thicken. Once sauce has thickened, add more sesame seeds as garnish and serve with steamed broccoli and white rice.
    pouring teriyaki sauce into a pan with chicken

Nutrition

Calories: 335kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 724mg | Potassium: 628mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 46IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: teriyaki chicken, teriyaki sauce

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