Classic Chicken Teriyaki

Embarking on a culinary journey to Japan, the Classic Chicken Teriyaki stands out as a testament to the elegance of simplicity in Japanese cuisine. This dish, with its tender chicken pieces glazed in a harmonious blend of soy sauce, sake, mirin, and a hint of sugar, embodies the balance of flavors that Japanese cooking is celebrated for. The golden ratio of the teriyaki sauce ensures a perfect coat of sweet and umami-packed glaze that complements the chicken beautifully, making every bite a delightful experience.

Presented on a plate with a side of steamed rice and garnished with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and green onions, the dish not only satisfies the palate but also pleases the eye. Its simplicity in preparation belies the depth of flavor, offering a meal that is both comforting and sophisticated. Whether it’s a weeknight dinner or a special occasion, this Authentic Japanese Chicken Teriyaki Delight promises a culinary adventure that brings a taste of Japan to your table, making it a beloved recipe for all who partake.

Full Recipe:


  • Chicken thighs or breasts
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Oil, for frying
  • Sesame seeds and green onions, for garnish (optional)

For the Teriyaki Sauce:

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sake
  • 2 tbsp mirin
  • 1 tbsp sugar



  1. Prepare the Chicken:
    • If using chicken breasts, cut them into smaller, even pieces. If using thighs, you can leave them whole or cut them as desired.
    • Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
  2. Make the Teriyaki Sauce:
    • In a small bowl, mix together the soy sauce, sake, mirin, and sugar until the sugar is dissolved. This is your golden ratio teriyaki sauce.
  3. Cook the Chicken:
    • Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat.
    • Add the chicken to the pan and cook until browned on both sides and almost cooked through.
  4. Add the Teriyaki Sauce:
    • Pour the teriyaki sauce over the chicken in the pan.
    • Allow the sauce to simmer and thicken, turning the chicken to coat it evenly in the sauce. Cook until the chicken is fully cooked through and the sauce has thickened to a glaze.
  5. Garnish and Serve:
    • Transfer the chicken to a serving plate and drizzle any remaining sauce from the pan over the top.
    • Sprinkle with sesame seeds and sliced green onions for garnish, if desired.
    • Serve with steamed rice and vegetables for a complete meal.

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cooking Time: 20 minutes | Total Time: 30 minutes

Kcal: 375 kcal | Servings: 4 servings

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