Chicken Teriyaki: Make a Japanese classic in your own home

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Chicken Teriyaki is a Japanese chicken dish with a savoury-sweet sauce that uses only four ingredients. This recipe teaches the techniques on how to get a super crispy and crackly skin, just like the best Japanese restaurants do.

It also takes only 20 minutes from prep to dinner table.

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Freezing is not recommended for Teriyaki sauce. But you can make a big batch and keep it in the refrigerator for up to two weeks instead.

Store in a glass jar or a tightly sealed container and the sauce will last for months.


Chicken Teriyaki

  • 450g chicken thighs, deboned, skin-on
  • Salt
  • White sesame seeds for garnishing, (optional)

Teriyaki Sauce

  • 1/3 cup Japanese mirin (sweet rice wine)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce, low sodium preferred
  • 1 tablespoon sugar


  • Lightly season both sides of the chicken thighs with a pinch of salt.
  • Combine all ingredients of the Teriyaki Sauce in a sauce pan.
  • On low heat, simmer and reduce until a thicker consistency, for about 10 minutes.
  • In the meantime, heat up a non-stick skillet on high heat.
  • Pan-fry the chicken thighs (skin-side down first) until both sides are nicely browned and cooked through.
  • The skin should be pan-fried to a crackly crispy texture.
  • Turn off heat, and transfer the chicken to a plate. Let cool.
  • Slice chicken thighs and drizzle with the teriyaki sauce.
  • Garnish with sesame seeds.
  • Serve immediately with warm steamed rice.


  • Use skin-on chicken thighs as the meat is juicy and tender.
  • Debone the chicken thighs and keep the skin.
  • For best results, grill your chicken using an indoor grill.
  • If you don’t have an indoor grill, pan-fry the chicken until the chicken skin is crispy and golden brown.

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Low Bee Yinn is a food blogger and cookbook author.