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Grilled teriyaki chicken is sweet, savory and cooked to perfection. The entire recipe is super easy but the results equal an amazing dinner!

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I love the combination of sweet and savory on chicken. It is so yummy. The grill gives it beautiful marks for the grill grates. It is all around a fabulous meal.

Make this quick and easy chicken recipe for the best weeknight meal.

Why This Recipe Works

Teriyaki chicken is one of my go-to recipe when I am feeding a crowd. The chicken cooks tender and juicy with tons of flavor. We love that that the Teriyaki sauce is made from scratch and you can easily bake, grill or cook the chicken in the slow cooker.

The next time you need an easy chicken recipe, make this teriyaki chicken.

Ingredients

photo of ingredients: chicken thighs, seasoning, brown sugar, vinegar, honey.

This all comes together for marinade with the best flavor. You are going to love it! Scroll to the bottom for the full recipe and ingredients.

Variations Ideas

  • Change Chicken – This teriyaki marinade is delicious on different cuts of chicken. You can also use chicken breasts, chicken legs or tenderloins.
  • Teriyaki Sauce – We love making homemade teriyaki sauce but you can also use store bought teriyaki sauce.

How to Make Grilled Teriyaki Chicken:

  • Step 1 – Mix the ingredients together for the marinade: brown sugar, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, honey, garlic, ginger and pepper. Make sure all of this is well combined.
  • Step 2 – Second, reserve marinade for after chicken is cooked. Use the marinade that is leftover to pour over the chicken. I like to use a gallon size bag to dump the chicken and marinade in. This makes cleanup easy and you know I’m all for simple
picture of ziplock bag with chicken and marinade.
  • Step 3 – Let the chicken pieces marinade. The longer the better! If you are in a hurry, you can do as little as 30 minutes but I prefer to let it marinade for 8 hours.
  • Step 4 – Get the outdoor grill fired up and preheated. Use cooking spray to coat the grill grates. You can also brush with oil.
photo of teriyaki chicken on the grill
  • Step 5 – Put the chicken on the grill and cook for 5-7 minutes on each side. This will vary based on the size of your chicken breasts. Just make sure the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
  • Step 6 – Now, it is time to use that remaining marinade from earlier. Mix the sauce with the cornstarch and heat in a sauce pan over medium high heat. Keep whisking until the mixture has thickened.
  • Step 7 – It should be nice and thick now. Use this to brush all over the grilled chicken before serving. We also like to sprinkle green onions and sesame seeds on top but that is optional.

Recipe Tips

  • Marinade – Do not reuse marinade that has come in contact with raw chicken. Throw it out once the you marinade the chicken in it.
  • Cooking Time – Cooking time will vary depending on the size of chicken. Make sure to use a meat thermometer to check the chickens internal temperature.
closeup photo of grilled teriyaki chicken on plate.

Different Cooking Methods To Try:

  • Crockpot: Cook in the crockpot on low for 6 hours with the marinade. Prior to serving take ½ cup of the liquid out and combine with 1 tablespoon cornstarch over medium high heat on the stove top. We use this for dipping or to spoon over the chicken.
  • Oven: Put all of the ingredients in a baking dish and cook at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until the chicken reaches 165 degrees internal temperature. If baking, I normally go ahead and thicken the sauce by adding the cornstarch prior to cooking with the other ingredients.
  • Stove– Cut into strips and cook over medium high heat with a few tablespoons of oil. This only takes a few minutes per side. We like to use this for stir fry.

 Serving Suggestions

closeup photo of grilled teriyaki chicken on plate.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Store Leftovers

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Can I Freeze?

Yes, you can freeze the chicken cooked or uncooked in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months.

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Grilled teriyaki chicken

5 from 7 votes
Grilled teriyaki chicken is sweet, savory and cooked to perfection. The entire recipe is super easy but the results equal an amazing dinner!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 279

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Mix together the brown sugar, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, honey, garlic, ginger and pepper together in a medium size bowl.
  • Reserve approximately ½ cup of the this mixture and then use the remaining mixture to marinade the chicken thighs by placing the chicken in a gallon size bag and pour the remaining sauce over the chicken.
  • Allow the chicken to marinade for at least 30 minutes but you can marinade it for up to 8 hours.
  • Preheat the grill to medium high heat. Spray the grill grates with a non-stick cooking spray or brush with oil.
  • Grill the chicken thighs for approximately 5-7 minutes per side until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  • While the chicken is cooking, mix the remaining sauce with the cornstarch. Heat this mixture in a sauce pan over medium high heat, whisking constantly until the mixture has thickened.
  • Brush this sauce over the grilled chicken when serving and enjoy!
  • Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.

Recipe Notes

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I love making this recipe with chicken thighs but it would also work great with chicken breasts as well!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 279kcal, Carbohydrates 23g, Protein 31g, Fat 6g, Saturated Fat 2g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 144mg, Sodium 1218mg, Potassium 440mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 21g, Vitamin A 37IU, Vitamin C 1mg, Calcium 29mg, Iron 2mg

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