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Easy Teriyaki Chicken Recipe

Easy Teriyaki Chicken Recipe that tastes better than takeout. This chicken teriyaki is a family favorite! Simple easy dinner idea. We served it over buttery white rice with broccoli. Yum! | natashaskitchen.com

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Because we all still need to eat real meals leading up to Christmas and not everyone can survive on Christmas cookies; so this! Teriyaki chicken is a quick and easy dinner and tastes better than takeout. It’s seriously addictive with that honey orange glaze. Not too sweet and not too salty, but just right.

The chicken thighs are tender and delicious. If you’re like me and love super clean meat, chicken thighs can be a little annoying to trim but it’s so worth it. You can’t beat the juiciness and flavor of thigh meat.

I learned how to make this simple and delicious teriyaki chicken from Juliana on Instagram! Her delicious photo of glazed teriyaki chicken over white rice came up in my feed and I was like “gimme ‘dat chicken ?!” I love getting dinner-time inspiration on Instagram!

The ingredient list is so simple, but it works! We’ve made it 3 times in the past week and a half and even when I burned the sauce , my hubby and son still enjoyed it. Leave it to me to burn the sauce.

Easy Teriyaki Chicken Recipe that tastes better than takeout. This chicken teriyaki is a family favorite! Simple easy dinner idea. We served it over buttery white rice with broccoli. Yum! | natashaskitchen.com

Watch how to make Chicken Teriyaki!

Ingredients for Chicken Teriyaki Recipe:

1/4 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (from 1 1/2 medium or 1 large oranges)
3 Tbsp honey
1 tsp finely grated fresh ginger
1 tsp sesame oil
1 1/2 to 2 lbs (about 6-7 medium) boneless skinless chicken thighs, trimmed of fat
1 Tbsp oil (I use light olive oil)
1 1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter
Green onion and sesame seeds for garnish, optional

Easy Teriyaki Chicken Recipe that tastes better than takeout. This chicken teriyaki is a family favorite! Simple easy dinner idea. We served it over buttery white rice with broccoli. Yum!

Cooks Tip: How to Peel and Grate fresh ginger:

1. Peel with a spoon. It’s the easiest way to get the skin off. Grate peeled ginger with a fine grater or zester.

Easy Teriyaki Chicken Recipe that tastes better than takeout. This chicken teriyaki is a family favorite! Simple easy dinner idea. We served it over buttery white rice with broccoli. Yum!

How to Make Teriyaki Chicken:

1. In a large bowl, whisk together all marinade ingredients: 1/4 cup soy sauce, 1/3 cup orange juice, 3 Tbsp honey, 1 tsp ginger and 1 tsp sesame oil.

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2. Cut chicken into 1-inch pieces and place into marinade. Stir and cover with plastic wrap and marinate on the counter 20 min.

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3. Heat a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 Tbsp olive oil. Remove chicken from marinade with a slotted spoon, reserving marinade in the bowl. Add chicken to the hot pan and sauté, stirring occasionally until golden and cooked through (5 min).

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4. Remove pan from heat and transfer chicken to a bowl. (Don’t leave the empty pan over the heat or you may scorch the bottom of the pan and ruin the sauce – been there, done that and if it happens to you, continue making the sauce using a clean pan). 

Easy Teriyaki Chicken Recipe that tastes better than takeout. This chicken teriyaki is a family favorite! Simple easy dinner idea. We served it over buttery white rice with broccoli. Yum!

5. Pour reserved marinade into the pan, add 1 1/2 Tbsp butter (it’s in bold for my own sake because I’ve forgotten it before and it just wasn’t the same) and place back over medium/high heat. Bring to a boil stirring constantly until slightly thickened (1 min) then remove from heat. Add chicken back to the pan and stir to combine.

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Serve over hot buttery white rice garnished with fresh green onion and a sprinkle of sesame seeds for pizzazle. I served it with steamed broccoli to appease my conscience and make it a meal.

Easy Teriyaki Chicken Recipe

4.84 from 105 votes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 38 minutes
This teriyaki chicken tastes better than takeout. It's seriously addictive with that honey orange glaze. Not too sweet and not too salty, but just right.
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $7-$9
Servings: 4 as a main course

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice from 1 1/2 medium or 1 large oranges
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 to 2 lbs about 6-7 medium boneless skinless chicken thighs, trimmed of fat
  • 1 Tbsp oil I use light olive oil
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • Green onion and sesame seeds for garnish optional

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together all marinade ingredients: 1/4 cup soy sauce, 1/3 cup orange juice, 3 Tbsp honey, 1 tsp ginger and 1 tsp sesame oil.
  2. Cut chicken into 1-inch pieces and place into marinade. Stir and cover with plastic wrap and marinate on the counter 20 min.
  3. Heat a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 Tbsp olive oil. Remove chicken from marinade with a slotted spoon, reserving marinade in the bowl. Add chicken to the hot pan and sauté, stirring occasionally until golden and cooked through (5 min).
  4. Remove pan from heat and transfer chicken to a bowl.
  5. Pour reserved marinade into the pan, add 1 1/2 Tbsp butter and place back over medium/high heat. Bring to a boil stirring constantly until slightly thickened (1 min) then remove from heat. Add chicken back to the pan and stir to combine. Serve over hot buttery white rice garnished with fresh green onion and a sprinkle of sesame seeds if desired.

Recipe Notes

How to Peel and Grate fresh ginger: Peel with a spoon. It's the easiest way to get the skin off. Grate peeled ginger with a fine grater or zester.

If you make this recipe, I’d love to see pics of your creations on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! Hashtag them #natashaskitchen

 

Now that’s what I call teriyaki chicken! I love that it glows – do you see it too?

Easy Teriyaki Chicken Recipe that tastes better than takeout. This chicken teriyaki is a family favorite! Simple easy dinner idea. We served it over buttery white rice with broccoli. Yum!

Easy Teriyaki Chicken Recipe that tastes better than takeout. This chicken teriyaki is a family favorite! Simple easy dinner idea. We served it over buttery white rice with broccoli. Yum!
This chicken teriyaki easy to make and the sauce is just right. A chicken teriyaki recipe that totally satisfies the craving for takeout, only way better! | natashaskitchen.com

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  • Norm
    January 14, 2020

    I have been looking for an orange, ginger and teriyaki sauce for a long time. I marinated drumsticks for 24 hours, put them in the oven and boiled down the sauce. I put some veggies in a wok, put them on rice and poured the sauce over top with drumsticks on the side. Excellent recipe and simple, will use it a lot in the future with different variants. I use a lot of your recipes, they are tasty, quick and simple! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 14, 2020

      I’m so happy to hear that, Norm! Thank you for that amazing review! Reply

  • Karen
    January 13, 2020

    This was so delicious! Followed the directions exactly and we loved it! It’s definitely a keeper! Thank you so much! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 13, 2020

      Sounds like you found a new favorite, Karen! Thank you so much for that wonderful review. Reply

  • Deborah
    January 12, 2020

    Your recipes are easy to follow with items most of us have in our pantry. In “my day” I had Graham Kerr and Julia Child. I had no idea what 3-4 of the ingredients were, nor did anyone at my grocery store! Therefore when I was “your age” I knew how to bake a potato, cooking anything on top of the stove forget it! I couldn’t afford the fire insurance! Thankful for Facebook and you a bright young teacher here for beginner cooks and rusty old cast irons like me! Thank you! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 13, 2020

      I’m so inspired reading your review. Thank you! Reply

  • Marie
    January 11, 2020

    This teriyaki is SO delicious! Love it! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 11, 2020

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review, Marie! Reply

  • Ral
    January 7, 2020

    What is the shortest time to marinate it?
    (Student) Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 7, 2020

      Hi Ral, it really isn’t necessary with this recipe to marinate longer than 20 minutes. Reply

  • Deana
    November 27, 2019

    So tasty and easy for a new mum! Simple is best as of lately.

    Only thing I would do next time is double the maraide for my rice & veggies.

    Thank-you! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 27, 2019

      Thank you so much for sharing that with us, Deana! Reply

  • Leslie Bryant
    November 26, 2019

    Loved it- I added a few julienned veggies and served over rice. Very easy and yummy! Thanks. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 26, 2019

      That sounds delicious! Thank you for that awesome review. Reply

  • Laura
    November 18, 2019

    Just prepared this dish and I loved it. Smelled really good too, but after tasting the chicken I felt like the teriyaki flavor wasn’t strong enough.. Could it be that I didn’t marinade it long enough? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 18, 2019

      Hi Laura, that is possible. Was anything altered or changed in the recipe otherwise? Reply

  • Denise Valencia
    November 13, 2019

    Wow the recipe was quick and easy-and man was it delicious! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 14, 2019

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Denise! Reply

  • Mark
    September 13, 2019

    Question. Instead of boneless chicken thighs. Could I use boneless chicken breasts? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 14, 2019

      Hi Mark, I prefer chicken thighs for this recipe since they are more tender and chicken breast is easier to overcook, but you could also make it work with chicken breast. Reply

  • Natasha
    September 7, 2019

    Very delicious!  Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 7, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that! Reply

  • Varun Reddy
    June 7, 2019

    absolutely wonderful! i was a little hesitant about so much orange juice and honey but it is so good! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 7, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that Varun!! Thank you for sharing that awesome review with me! Reply

  • James
    May 22, 2019

    I stumbled across this recipe through Google, and my god it is wonderful. This has very rapidly become a household staple.

    The good thing is the mix is pretty forgiving in terms of ratios. If you accidentally add more sesame oil, or the orange you’re juicing doesn’t have a strong flavour, or you decide to go nuts and grate up a huge chunk of ginger, it doesn’t really matter. All the flavours come through and it is just a delightful sauce.

    We serve with brown rice and steamed green beans with lots of fresh spring onions. Absolutely joyful and delicious. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 22, 2019

      That’s so great James! I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe!! Reply

  • Joy
    April 5, 2019

    I cooked this recipe today and it was certainly delicious thank you for sharing your recipe! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 5, 2019

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it Joy! Reply

  • Patricia
    February 22, 2019

    Using the marinate
    I thought you shouldn’t use the marinate . Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 22, 2019

      Hi Patricia, bringing the mixture to a boil ensures that the sauce is safe. This is also why I cook the sauce separately and then add the cooked chicken back to the pan. 🙂 Reply

  • C Wade
    February 19, 2019

    This recipe was so easy to make and it tasted delicious! I also added 1/4 cup oyster sauce. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 19, 2019

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite!. Reply

  • Thao
    February 11, 2019

    How many calories approximately is this dish per serving? 🙂 Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 11, 2019

      Hi Thao, We are working on adding nutrition labels and metric measurements on all of our recipes. It’s a slow process since it is one recipe at a time. Until all of the recipes are updated, check out this nutrition analyzer. You can plug in the ingredients from any recipe, select the serving size and it will give you nutritional info, calories, etc. I hope that is helpful to you! Reply

  • nero
    November 12, 2018

    How do I make the recipe using this teriyaki marinade?  Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 13, 2018

      Hi Nero. Since I haven’t tried that recipe I would not know the results of that. I recommend just pouring this in at the same stage you apply the marinade to the chicken in the recipe 🙂 Reply

      • nero
        November 13, 2018

        I first cut the chicken into pieces and marinated it for 4 hours I used the whole bottle. Then I followed step 3 through 5. I used soy vay island teriyaki sauce. Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          November 14, 2018

          Thank you for sharing that with us!! Reply

      • Glyselle
        November 25, 2019

        Hi I dont have sesame oil any alternative? Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          November 26, 2019

          Hi Glyselle, sesame oil gives the recipe more authentic flavor but it would still taste great without it. Reply

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