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Chicken Teriyaki Recipe

Chicken Teriyaki  is a very popular Japanese food in the US.  You can get it at the smallest Japanese restaurant in any town today.

Teriyaki means “grilled with shine,” and it is a method of cooking meat and fish.  Sugar in teriyaki sauce gives a shine to the food which makes it not only tasty, but also looks more appetizing.

It is so easy to make teriyaki sauce that you don’t have to buy bottled sauce.  It is just a mixture of soy sauce, sugar, and sake (or mirin if you like sweeter flavor).  One of the advantages of making the sauce for yourself is you can adjust the flavor the way you want.  Add more sugar if you like a sweeter taste or more soy sauce for saltiness.  Also you can avoid all the unnecessary chemicals in pre-made teriyaki sauce.

It takes no time to cook this dish, so try this for tonight’s dinner!

Chicken Teriyaki

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Chicken Teriyaki



  1. Trim fat from chicken thighs and cut into bite size pieces.
  2. Heat vegetable oil hot in a skillet (or frying pan), add chicken and pan fry at medium high heat until browned outside and cooked through, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Add sugar, soy sauce, and sake to chicken and cook until the sauce thickens, about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add green onions.

Chicken Teriyaki

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  • Maria
    December 8, 2013 at 3:29 am

    Just wondering, is there anything I can use as a substitute for sake that is non-alcoholic? Thank you in advance.

    • Maria
      December 8, 2013 at 3:47 am

      Nevermind, I just watched your video. Thank you for the great recipe!

  • Marc
    January 9, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Hello Noriko and Yuka,

    First of all, I love your website! I was able to cook some very delicious dishes with you recipes.

    Now I’ve got questions about teriyaki sauce: I learned to make the sauce with mirin instead of sake and wanted to know if this is also a common way of making it in japan.
    At the moment I am using a 2:1 ratio for soy sauce and mirin. I only use very small amounts of sugar, because mirin is already very sweet.
    Did you ever cook teriyaki with mirin? If so, what did you think about it? How did you balance the ingredients?

    Greetings from Germany

    • Noriko
      January 12, 2014 at 9:12 pm

      Mirin is also good to use for Teriyaki Sauce. Depending on your liking, you can adjust the sweetness. So what you’re doing is exactly right! I would put a little more sugar or Mirin for my Teriyaki because I like it a bit sweeter.

  • Ryan
    June 3, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Hello Noriko and Yuka,
    I just tried this recipe. I am new to the kitchen, and this recipe was easy to follow. I used cooking white wine instead of sake since I heard it could be used as a substitute. It turned out great! I plan on cooking more items from your website. Thank you.

    • Noriko
      June 4, 2014 at 12:38 am

      glad you liked the recipe!

  • Sanjib Ganguly
    June 5, 2014 at 4:03 am

    Hi Noriko & Yuka,

    !!! Great Work !!!

    Thanks for this wonderful recipe. Its easy and everyone of my family liked it very much.

    Well, I personally like Japanese food very much. I cook few Japanese food myself. I will appreciate if you can provide me with the proportion and procedure of preparing Tempura Batter along with the dipping sauce. Further request you to kindly mail me with the recipe of a complete Tempura Set.

    May god bless you both.


    Sanjib Ganguly

    • Noriko
      September 14, 2014 at 3:22 pm

      we have menu series so you can see a sample combination of dishes for a meal. It’s under Menu. We may make Tempura Dinner Menu in the future!

  • Michelle Pollock
    September 3, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Thank you so much. This recipe is easy and delicious. It is now a regular staple in my house! Greatly appreciate it!

    • Noriko
      September 8, 2014 at 8:36 pm

      thanks! Come back for other recipes too!

  • Me
    September 14, 2014 at 12:21 am

    Can I use Mirin instead of Sake? I found Mirin and thought I could use that, since it is sweetened sake.

    • Me
      September 14, 2014 at 12:21 am

      Woops, sorry I just read the previous comment. Thank you for the recipe though!

  • Tia
    September 27, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Just made the chicken teriyaki. Goodness it was great. I really like the recipe. I also tried to make sticky rice but I don’t think they sell Calrose rice at regular grocery stores in my area so I tried Jasmine…definitely not the same. Love your stuff, I’ll be trying more things as well 🙂

    • Noriko
      September 29, 2014 at 8:08 am

      you may be able to buy short grain rice online. Glad you liked our Chicken Teriyaki recipe!

  • Briana
    October 19, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    I used your teriyaki sauce recipe to make pork teriyaki to go in my bento for tomorrow! This sauce is way more delicious than any restaurant I’ve had it in, and to think, its three ingredients! This is amazing. Thank you so much! I’m also adding your tamagoyaki to my bento. I can’t even remember how many of your dishes I have made already. They’ve all been absolutely wonderful. Thank you very much and please never stop making videos!

    I wish you both all the health and happiness.

    With much love,

    • Noriko
      October 24, 2014 at 9:04 pm

      glad you find our recipes helpful. Your Bento sounds super yummy!

  • Daniel
    December 31, 2015 at 2:23 pm


    Great recipe!! I just have a quick question, is it fine if i mix the condiments together before hand in one container instead of putting them in separately? Thank you very much!


    • JapaneseCooking101
      December 31, 2015 at 9:26 pm

      Sure! Whichever way easier for you.

  • Donna
    March 14, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    Love love this recipe. It’s so easy and quick tastes so delicious. Way better than any bottle sauce. I made this for company and they loved it too! I gave them this link so they could make it! Thank You!

  • Sharon
    July 30, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. It’s so delicious and my family love it!