Teriyaki chicken

Teriyaki chicken

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By Aaron Hutcherson

While teriyaki is technically meant to be grilled or grilled, this version instead cooks chicken thighs in a pan on the stovetop. To ensure that the chicken thighs are all cooked at the same time, it is important that they are the same thickness. If necessary, gently pound the thighs with a mallet to even them out. The sauce is primarily a combination of soy sauce, mirin, and sake, so it is not suitable for those looking to avoid alcohol.

Storage: Refrigerate for up to 4 days.

Or buy: Mirin can be found in Asian markets, in well-stocked supermarkets, or online. Sake can be found in well-stocked liquor stores.

By Staff Writer Aaron Hutcherson.


Measuring cup

Servings: 24


  1. Step 1

    In a large bowl, combine the mirin, sake and soy sauce. Add the chicken and massage the marinade into the meat.

  2. 2nd step

    Heat a medium (10-inch) skillet over medium-high heat. Brush the pan with oil, then add the chicken, reserving the marinade. Sear until charred and caramelized on both sides, about 3 minutes per side.

  3. Step 3

    Stir garlic, water, ginger and brown sugar into reserved marinade and add to pan. Cook, turning the chicken every minute or so and adding more water if the sauce becomes too thick, until the liquid has reduced by about two-thirds and the chicken is cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes. The meat should be well glazed and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of each thigh should register at least 165 degrees.

  4. Step 4

    Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and let rest for 2 to 3 minutes, then cut into thin strips. Divide the chicken among bowls filled with white rice and vegetables and serve hot.


Gluten free? >> Use tamari instead of soy sauce.
Boneless, skinless chicken thighs >> Boneless, skinless chicken breasts with cooking time adjustment.
Vegetarian or vegan? >> Tofu instead of chicken.

Nutrition Facts

Per serving (1 chicken thigh plus about 1 tablespoon sauce), based on 4

  • Calories


  • Fat


  • saturated fat


  • Carbohydrates


  • Sodium

    799 mg

  • Cholesterol

    113 mg

  • Protein


  • Fiber


  • Sugar


This analysis is an estimate based on the available ingredients and this preparation. It should not replace the advice of a dietitian or nutritionist.

By Staff Writer Aaron Hutcherson.

Tested by Aaron Hutcherson.

Published on May 14, 2024

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