Easy Teriyaki Chicken Recipe

This is our favorite easy teriyaki chicken recipe using grilled chicken thighs and the absolute best teriyaki sauce ever, ever, ever!

The Best Teriyaki Chicken Recipe
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?!
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.
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!

Teriyaki Chicken Ingredients 
The best part of this teriyaki chicken recipe is, without a doubt, the homemade chicken teriyaki sauce. Oh my goodness is that stuff delicious! Best of all, it’s such an easy teriyaki sauce recipe and takes less than 5 minutes to make. 
Here’s what we use in this homemade teriyaki chicken recipe: 
Soy sauce
Brown sugar
Ground ginger
Chicken thighs
Salt and pepper
Sesame seeds and green onions, optional 
The measurements for each can be found in the recipe card down below.

How to Make Teriyaki Chicken
This truly is such a simple teriyaki chicken recipe. All you have to do is whisk together the chicken teriyaki sauce, grill the chicken, and serve! Here are the basic steps to mastering this teriyaki chicken recipe: 
Add the chicken teriyaki sauce ingredients to a saucepan and stir. 
Bring to a boil and let cook until thickened, then set aside. 
Season the chicken with salt and pepper, then cook on a pre-heated grill pan. 
Slice the chicken, then serve with rice. Spoon homemade chicken teriyaki sauce on top. 
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 this easy teriyaki chicken with brown rice, quinoa, cauliflower rice, or in a lettuce wrap.
Can I Make Teriyaki Chicken in a Slow Cooker?
Yes, you can! Make the sauce the same as the directions state, then place the chicken in the slow cooker, salt and pepper it, and then pour the sauce over it. Cook on low for 3-4 hours, or high for 2.

Tips for Making the Best Teriyaki Chicken
If desired, you could use chicken breasts instead of chicken thighs. However, we prefer using chicken thighs in this teriyaki chicken recipe as they result in a richer, juicier dish. 
You can cook the chicken outdoors on a grill or indoors on a grill pan. And if you don’t have either, simply cook the chicken in an oiled skillet. 
We like to garnish this easy teriyaki chicken with sesame seeds and sliced green onions, but both are optional. 

Stop buying your teriyaki sauce at the grocery store! It is so simple to make at home with this teriyaki chicken recipe. It is the best of the best!
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Easy Teriyaki Chicken
4 from 5 votes

Prep Time: 2 minutesCook Time: 10 minutesTotal Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 8 servings

This is our favorite easy teriyaki chicken recipe using grilled chicken thighs and the absolute best teriyaki sauce ever, ever, ever!
1 Cup Water1/3 Cup Soy Sauce1/2 Cup Brown Sugar1 Clove Garlic , minced1 Tablespoon Honey1/2 teaspoon Ground Ginger2 Tablespoons Water2 Tablespoons Cornstarch8 Boneless Skinless Chicken ThighsSalt and Pepper , to tasteSesame 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. Bring to a boil.Meanwhile, whisk the water and cornstarch 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, then cut into slices.Serve over rice with sauce.
Store in the refrigerator for 3-4 days

Nutrition Facts
Easy Teriyaki Chicken

Amount Per Serving (1 g)

Calories 209
Calories from Fat 45

% Daily Value*

Fat 5g8%Saturated Fat 1g6%Trans Fat 1gCholesterol 107mg36%Sodium 646mg28%Potassium 320mg9%Carbohydrates 18g6%Fiber 1g4%Sugar 16g18%Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 27IU1%Vitamin C 1mg1%Calcium 26mg3%Iron 1mg6% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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