Easy Teriyaki Chicken


Our favorite recipe for easy teriyaki chicken using grilled chicken thighs and the absolute best teriyaki sauce ever, ever, ever!

Our favorite recipe for easy teriyaki chicken!! ohsweetbasil.com


Cade loves sushi. Like, loves it. I think it is horrid. Wait, I know, you all love it too, but I just can’t jump on that bandwagon. I kind of want to, but at this point I’m just trying to find ways to survive. For example, I adore Cade and because he loves sushi I love going out with him for it. The only stinky part is that then I sit there with nothing to eat, so I generally try to get a teriyaki chicken bowl or something similar. I loved an easy teriyaki chicken bowl growing up and remember how I told you about our teriyaki chicken quesadillas? Yeah, pretty much delicious. So why have I never posted such an easy and delicious recipe?!


Our favorite recipe for easy teriyaki chicken!! ohsweetbasil.com


I think the real secret to teriyaki chicken, other than a good sauce is actually the meat you use. Everyone goes for breast meat, which is awesome a leaner, but it’s all about them thighs! Chicken thighs are more moist and work so well with the teriyaki sauce.


Our favorite recipe for easy teriyaki chicken!! ohsweetbasil.com


In fact, maybe I should ask if they could make a teriyaki chicken sushi roll!!! GENIUS! Oh, wait, except I don’t love the seaweed. Dagnabit! See! I’ve tried to like the stuff. Any recommendations on what kind I should try that would be better for me to ease into? And in the meantime, bust out our easy teriyaki chicken bowl for the fam!


Is Teriyaki Sauce Gluten Free?

The most common source of gluten in teriyaki sauce is the soy sauce.

Most soy sauces, unless labeled gluten-free, contain wheat as well as soybeans, salt and water.


What Can You Substitute For Rice In Teriyaki Chicken?

If you want to make your dish healthier, you can serve Teriyaki Chicken on brown rice, quinoa, cauliflower rice or lettuce wrap.


What is Quinoa?

Quinoa is a flowering plant with edible seeds.

One cup of cooked quinoa has about 40 fewer calories than the same amount of white rice.

White rice has almost 15 times more grams of carbohydrates, and quinoa provides 5 more grams of fiber and double the protein.

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Easy Teriyaki Chicken

Our favorite recipe for easy teriyaki chicken!! ohsweetbasil.com
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Easy Teriyaki Chicken

Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time12 mins
Course: 50 + Best Easy Asian Recipes
Keyword: chicken, chicken thighs, dinner, main dish, rice, teriyaki
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 284kcal
Author: Sweet Basil


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1 clove of garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 8 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • salt and pepper sesame seeds and green onions for garnish


  • Heat a saucepan over medium heat and add the water, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, honey and ground ginger.
  • Heat to a boil.
  • Meanwhile, whisk the water and corn starch together then slowly whisk into the sauce.
  • Allow the sauce to continue cooking at a soft boil for 1-3 minutes or until thick.
  • Set aside
  • Heat a grill or grill pan over medium high heat.
  • Sprinkle each side of the chicken with salt and pepper.
  • Place the chicken on the grill and cook for 3 to 4 minutes per side or until cooked through.
  • Allow to rest on a plate for 2 minutes and cut into slices.
  • Serve over rice with sauce.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 284kcal | Carbohydrates: 12.2g | Protein: 38.9g | Cholesterol: 181.4mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 11.1g
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27 comments on “Easy Teriyaki Chicken”

  1. How would you do this in a crockpot? Looks so delicious!

    • Hi Tammy! Great question! Make the sauce the same as the directions state. Place the chicken in the crockpot, salt and pepper it, and then pour the sauce over it. Cook on low for 3-4 hours, or high for 2. Enjoy!

  2. We love to use this teriyaki sauce to do chicken and pineapple kebabs on the grill. Just baste and spin! So yummy!

  3. Instead of seaweed try soy paper or rice paper! I hate seawedd so whenever i get sushi i use one of the other two. 🙂

  4. Could I use this teriyaki sauce with your teriyaki chicken noodle veggie dish?

  5. I read about you and sushi! I have a solution! I cannot eat the seaweed either and absolutely NO raw fish! I eat what is called Mr. Crab.. it is crab meat, cream cheese, cucumber andSoy Paper in place of seaweed! Try it! It is so edible! I want to know what you think!

  6. I’ve made this a couple of times, my family loves it! Thanks for such a simple and yummy dinner idea!

  7. I am beyond excited to try out this recipe! It looks fantastic!
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  8. Would this also work with boneless chicken breast?

  9. This just might have to be dinner tonight, looks yummy!

  10. Thanks for the teriyaki recipe! I love the stuff but use (yikes) sauce from a bottle so it’s great to have a scratch recipe to go to. About the sushi, if you like crab try the California Roll but with rice paper. It’s just crab, avocado, cucumber and rice, and if you substitute the paper for the seaweed it’s not fishy at all (:

  11. So excited to try this! I’m with you on the sushi thing.. the husband loves it but I just can’t stomach it. He’s made me try the California roll a few times claiming it’s the best for me, but I have to pick the fishy stuff out. The things we do for our husbands;)

  12. I love teriyaki chicken and haven’t had it in forever. We need to try this!

  13. Yeah. I will be making this tonight. Thanks for saving me from the whole “What should I make tonight that is easy good and effortless” guilt trip i take myself on everyday around 4:00. Love ya!!

  14. Love easy dinners like this! Looks amazing!