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Chicken teriyaki on a plate with rice.

Chicken Teriyaki Marinade

  • Author: Maggie
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This chicken teriyaki marinade recipe is the ultimate answer for a tasty weeknight dinner. Pair the chicken teriyaki with a bed of brown rice and stir fry vegetables for a satisfying healthy meal.


  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce (coconut aminos or GF substitute if needed)
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sherry vinegar
  • 2 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp dried ginger (or 1 tbsp fresh)
  • 2 large chicken breasts (~1-2 lb)

Pair it with... 

  • 2 packages of frozen stir fry vegetables, defrosted and water drained
  • 1-2 cups cooked brown rice (or cauliflower rice) 
  • Garnish: Scallions & sesame seeds


  1. In a small bowl, combine ingredients for marinade.
  2. Pour the marinade into a gallon size freezer bag. Place chicken breast in zip lock bag with marinade. 
  3. Marinate chicken breasts from 3 hours or up to 24 hours. 
  4. After marinating, place chicken in a sauté pan with sauce. Cook on medium heat, flipping chicken breast over after 3-4 minutes. Continue to cook for another 5 minutes on medium/low heat and place lid on sauté pan. Adjust your heat lower if you notice the sauce starting to burn. You want the chicken to caramelize with sauce.
  5. Continue to cook the chicken and move the chicken breasts around so it continues to absorb the pan sauce. The whole process should take around 10-15 minutes depending on the thickness of the chicken. 
  6. Once the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165F, turn off heat and let it rest for 3 minutes. Pour any additional pan sauce over the top of the chicken.


See above section for substitutions on vinegars and sugars in marinade. 

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Main course, dinner, lunch, chicken
  • Method: Marinade, cook
  • Cuisine: Asian

Keywords: chicken teriyaki, chicken teriyaki recipe, teriyaki sauce recipe, teriyaki sauce, teriyaki chicken

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