If you’re not in the mood to head to the mall, but you’re craving that plate of “mall food court” Chicken Teriyaki, then you’re going to love this Easy Teriyaki Chicken.
Do you love cooking dinner at home and have a “mall food court” meal for those need-something-quick-and-don’t-want-to-have-to-plan-or-work-too-hard days?
I really do, plus I just enjoy getting in my kitchen and trying to come up with something just a little bit different. And this is the “mall food court” taste I’ve been looking for. So simple and Tasty!
Ok, ok i ‘ m getting to point. When you need dinner in a hurry, you can’t go wrong with Easy Teriyaki Chicken.
While there are so many variations, since discovering this recipe for Easy Teriyaki Chicken, I’ve honestly stop using any of them, because it produces great results with much less effort, and so I wanted to share it with all of you.
As for the sauce, the teri in teriyaki literally means “shiny”, so adding garlic, ginger,scallions, etc. that would cloud the sauce is off limits.
And Yes, there’s no cornstarch too! The sauce is thickened by the sugars caramelizing, and allows it to coat the meat nicely without being heavy.
The beauty of Teriyaki Chicken is in its simplicity.
- 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
- salt and pepper
- ⅓ cup soy sauce
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- Canola oil, (or any cooking oil) for frying
- 1 green onion, thinly sliced
- White rice, cooked
- Broccoli, steamed
- Season the chicken with a salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside.
- Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed frying pan or wok over medium heat.
- You don't want to start the chicken off over too high a heat otherwise it will not cook through before burning.
- Add chicken and saute, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is no longer pink on the inside, and golden brown on the sides.
- Once the chicken is ready to go, pour the soy sauce, brown sugar, and sesame seeds over it, then toss to combine until the chicken is evenly coated.
- Continue cooking, stirring frequently until the sauce reaches a simmer and thickens.
- Remove from heat, and serve immediately with cooked white rice and steamed broccoli, garnished with thinly-sliced green onions if desired.
- Drizzle the remaining teriyaki sauce over if desired.
- * The magic is not over cooking the chicken during the sautéing process. It gives the glaze mixture more time to cook down. Keep stiring the chicken while its glazing. It will help it not to burn.
Thanks for the recipe Dan – Going to make it tonight per daughter’s request!
was it good?
We added a tablespoon of minced garlic to kick it up!
Going to try this tonight, simplest chicken teriyaki ingredients I’ve seen! thanks! (cool website font!)
Try it once and guest loved it. Just seasoned the chicken prior with sour orange and sason goya.
Made the dish using this simple recipe my spouse loved it. Thanks and have a nice 4th of July holiday, Addid
I made this for my family and they loved it! I used chicken thighs instead of chicken breast, and the meat came out juicier and more tender!
I like to marinate mine in the teriyaki sauce, with added pineapple juice, I then sear the chicken (breast and chicken thighs) then I cut them up and add to the sauce serve with rice and stir fry veggies.
Delish! Kids and huz loved the meal! I used fresh snap peas as well and it was a huge hit. Thanks!
My boyfriend kept saying, “This is excellent,” last night when I served this! Thanks for the recipe.
Great Recipe! tried it for some young adults tonight as written and they loved it! I double the recipe but next time will have to at least triple it! thanks for sharing!
Thank you for this recipe, this was dinner tonight. You also have some other great recipes on here so i definitely will be following ! Yuuum!
I cant wait to try it. I was craving for teriaki chicken. Looks reaaallly good.
Made Easy Teriyaki chicken. Was way to salty for me. I even used low sodium soy sauce.
Omg. I tried the teriyaki chicken recipe tonight and it was out of this world. Ha k out for sharing the recipe.
Good recipe, but your list of ingredients in incomplete. At the end of the recipe it states to drizzle the remaining teriyaki sauce over the chicken. What teriyaki sauce? I read the recipe twice before cooking, and it isn’t there. I did without it. It tastes fine, but please correct your recipe.
♀️ You make the sauce with the chicken. It is made by combining the soy sauce and brown sugar. When you take the chicken out of the pan after following all instructions the teriyaki sauce is what’s left in the pan.
They were making homemade terayaki sauce which is why they use soy sauce, brown sugar and sesame seeds and green onions. This becomes terayaki sauce when you cook it much like tomato sauce, water and spices are combined to make ketchup.
this is 2 years late, but I think they are referring to the soya sauce + brown sugar mixture when talking about the teriyaki sauce.
I absolutely love this recipe! It’s so easy and has very few ingredients. My opinion is, cut down on the cooking time and lengthen the thickening time. Cause if the chicken is too tender it won’t soak up as much sauce. But that’s how I figured out I like mine after a few times cooking it. Thank you so much!
It looks really delicious! I’ll try making one tonight 🙂
Cooking this as I type. Can’t wait to try it. 🙂
I have a big family so I doubled everything. However my sauce didn’t thicken but it was still good.
How much oil?
Delicious, thanks for the recipe Dan. What was great, a lone widow, was putting 1/2 in a freezer bag, freeze, just throw in microwave over those rives for 1 that also are microwavable 90 secs, A healthy fast meal, esp if you grab the garden veg rice, I threw in some frozen peas in my rice get your veggies, protein & and it tastes better the 2nd time.
Super easy and yummy!
I did add a little cornstarch to my chicken before cooking it and it really made the sauce thick in the end! Supper yummy will definitely make again
It may taste good but this is not chicken teriyaki. Take teriyaki out then it’s okay
I want to try this but I don’t have sesame seeds. Can I substitute it with sesame oil?
Looks great! I’m out of brown sugar so I’m gonna go by trail and error to see how it goes without it and possibly something else in its place. (also love the font!!)
It’s was awesome I try out today and it came out good
YUM!! Definite keeper. Made it as written. Only suggestion: DOUBLE IT!! So easy, so good!
Could this be made with beef as well? I’ve made it with chicken and it was delicious, but every beef teriyaki recipe I’ve found needs corn starch which I do not have!
Is there a way I can cook the broccoli in with the chicken and sauce?? I love my broccoli to be extra steamed and soft. Making this tonight!
Super easy and yummy! My kids left nothing behind. Definitely a keeper!!! Thank you!!!
Am I the only one whose sauce didn’t thicken? What’s the trick? I followed recipe to a T. How long do you simmer until it thickens?
We added a tablespoon of minced garlic to kick it up, will double the sauce next time too!!
I coated the chicken with corn starch before cooking. Helped the sauce thicken. I also added about 1/2 tsp of ground ginger and a pinch of crushed red pepper and a couple tap of minced garlic…this was for a doubled batch. Was great!
2020 – this is Delicious
I had to improvise a little. I made Jasmine rice. I squeezed an orange into the sauce. I used flour instead of cornstarch, I just mixed a lil with water and mixed into sauce at the end, let it cook for a couple of minutes it will thicken right up.
*I could not find my soy sauce! ( good thing for the drawer of takeout condiments!)*
The kids loved it! And no leftovers!! Even though I was already planning to eat any that was left tomorrow for lunch.
Excellent meal ( I love the Font)