How to Make Authentic Chicken Teriyaki

(This post has been updated from the original October 2011 version to provide a better experience for you)

Finally… as promised, Chicken Teriyaki! So, the traditional Japanese book I borrowed from my Dad is called Everyday Harumi. It is probably worth mentioning that my Dad lived in Japan for about 6 months so will have obviously picked up quite a bit whilst he was there! He fully recommended this book as being jam packed with tasty and authentic recipes. So I thought I would give it a go : D I also used this authentic teriyaki sauce in an epic slow cooker chicken teriyaki recipe which you should absolutely check out!

Easy Chicken Teriyaki | Japanese | Rice | Dinner Party

I used the recipe from the book for the teriyaki sauce but used my own cooking method to create the dish. This sauce made it, hands down, the most flavourful, lip-smacking  meal I have ever made in my kitchen! I whole heartedly recommend this recipe to anyone!

I love how this sauce can be easily transferred into other wonderful kitchen creations. For example, have a look at my sticky teriyaki chipolata bites recipe – it’s chicken teriyaki gone party food!

What you will need:

For the Chicken

  • 50ml Light Soy Sauce
  • 50ml Mirin *
  • 2 tbsp Caster Sugar
  • 2 Chicken Breasts, skinless & boneless
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Rice Bran Oil


For the Rice

  • 1 x Garlic Clove, crushed
  • 4 x Spring Onions, chopped
  • 2-3 Small Mushrooms, chopped
  • 250g Cooked & Cooled Rice (or Microwave Rice)
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Pinch of Chilli Flakes, optional


*I found mirin in Tesco for about £1.50 for those of you who are struggling to find it.


Chicken Teriyaki Recipe

Preheat your oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C.

Firstly, put the soy sauce, mirin & caster sugar into a large oven proof saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 15 mins until it becomes a sticky syrup.

Easy Chicken Teriyaki | Japanese | Rice | Dinner Party
Season both sides of the chicken breasts with a little salt & pepper. Heat a large non stick frying pan over a medium/high heat then add the oil. Fry the chicken breasts for about 5 minutes on each side, until a nice golden colour.
Easy Chicken Teriyaki | Japanese | Rice | Dinner Party
Place the chicken into the syrup saucepan & spoon the sauce over to coat. Put into the preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes until the chicken is cooked through. Turn the chicken over half way through the cooking time and spoon the sauce over again.
Easy Chicken Teriyaki | Japanese | Rice | Dinner Party
Meanwhile, using the pan you fried the chicken in, fry the garlic and mushrooms for 1-2 minutes over a medium heat. You can add a little more oil if you need to.
Easy Chicken Teriyaki | Japanese | Rice | Dinner Party
Then throw in the spring onions and cook for a further 2 minutes.
Easy Chicken Teriyaki | Japanese | Rice | Dinner Party
Add in the rice, season with salt & pepper to taste and the chilli flakes if using. Keep warm over a low heat, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is ready.
Easy Chicken Teriyaki | Japanese | Rice | Dinner Party
When the chicken is done, remove from the saucepan and cut into slices.
Easy Chicken Teriyaki | Japanese | Rice | Dinner Party
Finally, spoon the rice into serving bowls and lay the chicken on top. Pour over any leftover sauce.
Easy Chicken Teriyaki | Japanese | Rice | Dinner Party
And there you have it. A delicious, authentic & simple Chicken Teriyaki for two. Recipe is easily doubled, just make sure to bear in mind the size of the pans you are using before you start. I honestly can’t describe enough how tasty this meal really is. I implore you all to give it a go, you won’t regret it!

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6 thoughts on “How to Make Authentic Chicken Teriyaki”

  1. I made this and left a comment for you on beBee =) I’m so please by the results. I actually made an amount for 2 days, but was left with only one amount for tomorrow since it was so delicious I couldn’t help but it one for dinner. Thank you!!

    1. Miss KitchenMason says:

      Aww that’s great! So glad you liked it 🙂

  2. I’m going to make this again this week, it is so nice, and only 15 WW pro-points per serving, Which isn’t too bad for something so delicious! 🙂

    1. Thanks Em! This is one of my faves too : )

  3. Dad says:

    Looks great, you will have to make me some one day 😉

    Whilst you have the book, have a go at some of the other recipes you’ll find them just as tasty.

    How do you fancy a Japanese cooking lesson? A local Japanese lady runs cooking classes from her home. Sounds like a nice B’day pressie 🙂

    1. Thank you! And thanks for lending me the book 😀 So long as you don’t mind me hanging on to it for a little bit that’s exactly what I intend to do!!

      Aren’t those the same lessons we looked at earlier in the year? I think it’s a great idea, would be a fab day!

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