What Is Teriyaki Chicken?
Honey teriyaki chicken is a meal that combines the tangy and the sweet. It’s a Japanese dish that is made with chicken, teriyaki sauce, and sesame seeds. You typically order teriyaki chicken in any Japanse restaurant, but it is something you can make at home for a lot less money.
I made this easy teriyaki chicken recipe at home because I prefer to eat a healthier and less expensive version. When you make honey teriyaki at home, you are in control of what you put into it and how healthy it is. Plus, it’s effortless to make! Cheap, easy and delicious – my favorite ingredients in a recipe!
How To Make Teriyaki Chicken?
This is a quick and simple dinner idea that you can literally cook in 20 minutes. It doesn’t get any better than that, if you ask me. Here are the easy steps:
First Step: Slice the chicken, so you have varying sizes and shapes. Make sure they aren’t any larger than 1 inch to allow them to cook evenly.
Second Step: Place teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, honey, garlic, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Add the chicken and mix well. Rub the sauce into the chicken so that it absorbs all the flavor.
Third Step: Add some oil to a skillet and heat it up. After it’s hot, add the chicken and teriyaki sauce to the pan and cook for 5 minutes.
Fourth Step: You’ll need to increase the heat so the sauce can reduce, which will take around 10-15 minutes. Once the sauce begins to thicken up, add in the sesame seeds.
Fifth Step: After you remove the chicken from heat, allow it to rest for 5 minutes then serve.
Note: Have you ever tried liquid aminos? It is made with coconut or soy beans and looks and tastes very similar to soy sauce, but it is naturally gluten free. If anything, it is a bit sweeter than soy sauce and is much less salty. Definitely give it a try!
Honey Teriyaki Chicken Variations
I loved the way this teriyaki chicken breast turned out, but there are other options you can try as well. Here are a few ideas to get you inspired for your next dinner:
- Stir Fry – Add some veggies and make a stir fry for a complete meal. Add onions, peppers, mushrooms, carrots, zucchini, or any other veggies you enjoy. The flavor is out of this world, and you’ll get lots of new nutrients.
- Chicken Wings – Thankfully, you can use this sauce to make chicken wings, too, and every bite is succulent and tasty.
- Cauliflower Rice – Add the homemade teriyaki chicken to a bed of fluffy cauliflower rice. It’s a healthy alternative to rice and positively amazing.
- Shrimp – Skip the chicken all together and go with some shrimp instead. This sauce is a compliment to both proteins!
- Grilled Chicken – You can actually use the teriyaki sauce as a marinade and add the chicken to skewers. Then, place the skewers on a hot grill until the chicken is cooked. It’s beyond amazing.
For a little extra “tang,” I will add a tablespoon or two of Rice Wine Vinegar to the homemade teriyaki sauce. It doesn’t take much to make a big difference, and the taste of the vinegar complements the honey quite nicely.
Additionally, a teaspoon of Sesame Oil will add a toasted, smoky taste to the sauce. Using it reminds me of the grilled teriyaki cooked over hibachis in Japan. It is so good! I top it with toasted sesame seeds as a fun and pretty garnish.
How Do You Know When Chicken Is Done?
Because you are cutting the chicken into 1-inch pieces, it’s not going to take much time to cook it. Either way, you will need to make sure it’s cooked properly before you eat it, so no one becomes ill. There are several ways to test.
First, the temperature needs to be at least 160 degrees F. when you remove it from the stove. It will continue warming up as it rests to 165 degrees F. This allows the chicken to stay super moist and juicy.
You should be able to pierce the chicken with a fork, and it should go in without any issues. The center of the meat should be white when it’s done. If you see bright pink, then it’s not finished cooking yet.
Can I Use Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs?
Yes, you can make this healthy teriyaki chicken with boneless skinless chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts if you want. You will need to chop the chicken into 1-inch pieces just like you would if it was chicken breasts. If you haven’t cooked with chicken thighs much, they are much fattier meat, which is ideal if you eat a low-carb or keto diet.
Can I Use This For My Week’s Meal Prep Lunches?
Yes, you can make this honey teriyaki chicken recipe and serve throughout the week. It makes a lovely lunch and is ideal for meal prepping. Just allow the teriyaki chicken breast time to cool off after it cooks, then place it in a sealed container. It will last around 3-4 days in the fridge.
If you are planning on making it part of meal prep, you can place it into individual serving containers with some veggies or rice, and you’ll have a complete meal.
How Do You Reheat Easy Teriyaki Chicken?
The fastest and easiest way to reheat teriyaki chicken is by warming it up in the microwave. It will heat up rather quickly in just a minute or two.
If you are at home, you can also heat the homemade teriyaki chicken in a skillet with some olive oil. Just heat the oil and warm the chicken until it’s hot all the way through.
Can You Freeze This Recipe?
Yes, you can freeze it. Freeze it in a freezer-safe bag or container for up to three months. When you want to serve it, place it in the fridge to thaw, then reheat and eat. It’s so easy and tastes just as good as when you first made it.
If you love a good Asian dish, make sure to check out these:
Honey Tofu Teriyaki – This easy, three ingredient sauce takes tofu to a whole new level! Get ready to be wow’d! Not sure about tofu? That’s ok! Try the sauce anyways!
Broccoli Stir Fry – Under 15 minutes to make a homemade meal that tastes better than take-out! This is one of our most popular recipes and once you try it, you’ll see why! Add chicken for a bit of protein, if needed.
If you enjoy this honey teriyaki chicken recipe, check out these easy dinner ideas!
Honey Teriyaki Chicken Recipe
- 1.5 lbs Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Tenders
- 1/3 cup Honey
- 1/3 cup Teriyaki Sauce
- 1 tbsp Soy Sauce low sodium, if desired
- 1 tbsp Minced Garlic
- 1/2 tsp Black Pepper or to taste
- 1/4 tsp Salt or to taste
- 2 tbsp Sesame Seeds
- Chop chicken tenders into one inch pieces. I think it looks prettier when you vary the shapes between rectangular chunks and triangles. It just gives it a more “restaurant” look.
- Transfer chicken into a large bowl. Add the teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, honey, minced garlic, salt and pepper. Massage into chicken.
- Transfer chicken (liquid and all) into an oiled and heated pan over medium high heat, stirring occasionally, for about five minutes.
- Crank the heat up to high, stirring occasionally. Cook until sauce has reduced. This process can take between 10 and 15 minutes. When the sauce thickens up and starts sticking to the chicken, add sesame seeds. Stir.
- Remove from heat. Let sit for five minutes before serving.