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Teriyaki Chicken Recipe

Teriyaki chicken is a quick and easy one-pan meal. Plenty of juicy, tender chicken smothered in sweet and salty teriyaki in just 20 minutes!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Total Time22 minutes
Course: main dishes
Cuisine: Japanese
Servings: 4
Author: Kevin


  • 1.5 lbs large chicken thighs boneless skin-on (4-6)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 2 tablespoons sake
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar


  • If using homemade or store bought teriyaki sauce, use 1/2 cup in Step 5 below and add the 2 tablespoons sugar, otherwise follow above ingredients.
  • Using a paper towel, pat dry both sides of the chicken.
  • Place the chicken skin-side down in a large skillet and turn heat to medium (See Note 1). This will slowly render the fat from the skin.
  • Fry the chicken until the skin is crisp and browned, about 3-4 minutes. Turn the chicken over and continue frying until the chicken is almost cooked through, about another 3 minutes.
  • Drain excess oil using paper towels and discard. Add the soy sauce, mirin, sake, water and sugar to the pan and turn the heat to high. Cover for 1 minute.
  • Remove lid. Turn heat to medium-low and using tongs, continuously turn the chicken, basting it with the teriyaki sauce. The chicken is done when there is almost no teriyaki sauce remaining and the chicken is coated with a shiny glaze.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and place the chicken on the cutting board, skin side up. Let rest for a minute before slicing.
  • Slice the chicken into ¾-inch thick pieces. Serve over steamed rice or vegetables of choice.



  1. If you are using skinless chicken, you will need to add 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil to the skillet.


Calories: 424kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 167mg | Sodium: 699mg | Potassium: 370mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 133IU | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg