Chicken Teriyaki

Chicken Teriyaki
Staff Writer
Chicken Teriyaki

Namiko Chen

Chicken Teriyaki

Just so you know, the "chicken teriyaki sauce" in a bottle does not taste like real teriyaki sauce in Japan. Teriyaki is a cooking technique. "Teri" means the "luster" given by the sweet soy sauce marinade and "yaki" means "cooking or grilling," and it’s not really the name of the sauce.

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Prick the chicken on the flesh side with a fork.

Combine the soy sauce, water, mirin, sugar, onion, ginger, and 1 tablespoon of the sake in a bowl or zip-lock bag. Add the chicken, place in the refrigerator, and marinate for 2-3 hours.

When ready to cook, heat 2 tablespoons of the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, shake off as much marinade as possible from the chicken and place the chicken pieces skin side down. (The marinade will burn easily so try not to add any of the liquid to the pan. Do not throw away the marinade.)

When it's nicely browned, flip and cook the other side. Then, add the sake and cook, covered, for 8-10 minutes. Remove the chicken to a plate and clean the skillet. Heat the remaining oil over medium-high heat and put the chicken back in the skillet, skin side down first to make the skin crispy. Then, flip again and pour in the marinade. Cook until the sauce is reduced a bit. Baste the chicken a couple of times while cooking. Serve the chicken and pour the sauce on top. 


Calories per serving:

660 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb Dairy Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, Kosher

Daily value:



  • Fat 42g 65%
  • Carbs 11g 4%
  • Saturated 7g 37%
  • Fiber 1g 2%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 7g
  • Monounsaturated 24g
  • Polyunsaturated 8g
  • Protein 49g 98%
  • Cholesterol 145mg 48%
  • Sodium 1,025mg 43%
  • Calcium 37mg 4%
  • Magnesium 75mg 19%
  • Potassium 630mg 18%
  • Iron 2mg 11%
  • Zinc 2mg 13%
  • Phosphorus 430mg 61%
  • Vitamin A 54µg 6%
  • Vitamin C 2mg 3%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 10%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 13%
  • Niacin (B3) 23mg 114%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 63%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 15µg 4%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 13%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 5mg 26%
  • Vitamin K 0µg 0%
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