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    How to Make Teriyaki Chicken + Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

    How to Make Teriyaki Chicken + Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

    by Ayumi Matsuo

    Main dish Week-night friendly

    Chicken teriyaki is one of the most popular dishes in Japan and is usually served as a main dish at home for dinner. The sweet and savory sauce, known as teriyaki, is made using soy sauce and is sweetened with mirin or honey. When chicken is grilled along with the teriyaki sauce ingredients, the sauce becomes thick and glossy and coats the chicken nicely.

    While teriyaki sauce is a well-known sauce that can be bought in supermarkets overseas, in Japan it is not usually sold in supermarkets. This is because the term ‘teriyaki’ refers to the method in which the protein is cooked with the ingredients for the sauce being added directly into the pan. 

    Usually chicken thigh meat is used for teriyaki, as its moderate fat content compliments the sweet teriyaki sauce, but recently, more health-conscious people are using chicken breast instead. Alternatively, chicken wings, yellowtail, and salmon are common protein choices for teriyaki. 

    Teriyaki chicken is often served with vegetables such as broccoli, or tomatoes, as well as white rice and miso soup. It is a very popular dish with children and adults.

    Outside of the home, teriyaki chicken is sold at Japanese restaurants and in the deli section of supermarkets.

    Today we will share a recipe of how to cook chicken using the teriyaki cooking method and make teriyaki sauce from scratch. Now, you can easily make teriyaki sauce with pantry staples you have at home.


    Prep time: 5 mins

    Cook time: 10 mins

    Total time: 15 mins

    Total servings: 2

    Difficulty: Easy

    • 300g Chicken Thighs
    • 1/4 tsp Salt
    • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
    • 1 tbsp Potato Starch
    • 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
    • 2 tbsp Honey
    • 1 tbsp Sake
    • 2 tsp Mirin

    Expert's Tip

    Ebara Teriyaki no Tare Japanese Teriyaki Sauce 235g

    This sauce is pre-mixed with soy sauce, sugar, and other seasonings to create an authentic teriyaki flavor. It is very convenient because it eliminates the need to measure each seasoning for teriyaki each time you cook. It is also small in size, so it can be used up quickly and stored easily. This sauce is recommended for those who are considering purchasing teriyaki sauce for the first time but don't know which one to choose.


    Gathering the Ingredients
    1) Gathering the Ingredients

    Gather all of the ingredients together. 

    Seasoning the chicken Thoroughly coating the chicken in potato starch
    2) Preparing the Chicken

    Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper and then sprinkle potato starch all over its surface. The potato starch will allow the chicken to develop a golden brown crust.

    Oiling the pan Placing the chicken in the pan skin-side down Turning over the chicken Allowing the chicken to cook through
    3) Cooking the Chicken

    Over medium heat, lightly oil a frying pan and place the chicken in skin-side down. When the skin is browned, turn over the chicken and cover the pan with a lid. Continue to cook the chicken for about 5 minutes or until it is cooked through. While the chicken is cooking, mix the ingredients for the teriyaki sauce together in a separate bowl.

    Wiping the excess oil away Adding in the teriyaki sauce mixture
    4) Adding the Teriyaki Sauce Ingredients

    Once the chicken is cooked through, wipe off the excess oil from the pan with a piece of kitchen paper and then add in the prepared teriyaki sauce mix. 

    Thickened teriyaki sauce
    5) Cooking the Chicken in the Teriyaki Sauce

    Allow the sauce to slightly thicken in the pan and coat the chicken evenly in the sauce. Once the sauce is thickened to your liking, it's done!

    Finished teriyaki chicken
    6) Serving the Teriyaki Chicken

    Cut up the chicken into bite size pieces and spoon some teriyaki sauce on top. Serve with your favorite veggies, miso soup, and a bowl of rice if you wish. 

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