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Grilled Teriyaki Chicken

This is an authentic teriyaki chicken recipe that has all the flavors you expect. Read on to see how easy it is to make Chinese food from scratch. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Keyword Grilled Teriyaki Chicken
Prep Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 390kcal
Author Dina Polyashov


Chicken Marinade

Teriyaki Sauce


Make the teriyaki marinade

  • In a bowl, whisk together 1 clove minced garlic, 1/8 tsp zested ginger, 1 tbsp brown sugar, and 1/3 cup soy sauce.
  • Add the chicken thighs to the soy sauce mixture and stir just to combine. Cover the chicken with plastic wrap and let it marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours.

Grill the chicken

  • Once the chicken has marinated, grill each chicken thigh for about 4 minutes on each side

Make the Teriyaki Sauce

  • While the chicken is grilling, heat 2 tbsp of grape seed oil in a large pan over medium high heat. Add the garlic and stir for about 10 seconds. Then add in the soy sauce, sake, mirin, brown sugar, and water.Let the sauce cook over high heat until it just starts to thicken. bring the heat down to low and let it simmer for about 15 minutes. You don't want it to cook for too long, or else it will become bitter.
  • When the sauce has thickened, add in the grilled chicken and let it simmer for about 2-3 minutes on each side. Cut the chicken into strips and serve over hot rice. You can pour extra sauce on top of the chicken if you like it more saucy.


Calories: 390kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 110mg | Sodium: 1067mg | Potassium: 284mg | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 90IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1.3mg