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Teriyaki Chicken garnished with green onions and Nanami Togarashi served with rice on a white plate

Super Easy Japanese Teriyaki Chicken!

This delicious Japanese Teriyaki Chicken is super easy to make and is sure to become a family favorite! Be sure to make extra for seconds!
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 12 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 2 people


  • Skillet


  • 4 boneless chicken thighs skin on if you can find this
  • 7 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoon mirin
  • 4 teaspoon olive oil

Optional Garnishes

  • green onions sliced
  • Nanami Togarashi for a little extra spice!


  • We will begin by combining the 3 sauce ingredients sugar, soy sauce, and mirin in a small bowl. Mix well.
    Sauce for Teriyaki Chicken in a white bowl with a spoon
  • Next season your chicken thighs with some black pepper (I used coarse pepper). On a medium heat pan fry the chicken in olive oil until both sides are browned (about 3 minutes).
    Boneless chicken breasts seasoned with pepper in a cast iron skillet
  • Now add the sauce and continue to spoon the sauce over the chicken, turning the chicken once or twice during this process. It's important to keep basting during this time.
    Teriyaki Chicken in a cast iron skillet with teriyaki sauce bubbling around it
  • Continue this process until the sauce thickens and becomes glossy. It is at that point that your chicken is cooked and ready to serve!
    Teriyaki Chicken in a cast iron skillet with sauce becoming glossy as it reduces


Teriyaki Chicken is absolutely terrific served with heaps of white steamed rice. I love to add some sliced green onions and Nanami Togarashi for a little spice as well. This is not traditional, but it is delicious!
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