Chicken Teriyaki

As someone who lived in Seattle for 5 years, Chicken Teriyaki is always the most convenient, affordable and delicious meal you can get in the Emerald City. Invented in the Seattle by American Japanese and Koreans, the biggest difference between this Seattle favorite and the traditional Teriyaki is that instead of using mostly seafood and light sauce being brushed on, in Seattle, chicken thigh is often used, grilled and chared after marinating in a heavy sauce. This dish is easy to make and takes no time, this recipe serves 4.


You Need:

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp sesame
  • 10 to 12 skinless chicken thighs

How to Make this:

  1. Mix the water, brown sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, ginger, and ground black pepper in a saucepan. Let the sauce simmer, then add the cornstarch, stir it frequently, until sauce thickens and bubbles.
  2. Heat up a non-stick pan, put some oil and heat it on high, brown the chicken thighs.
  3. Let the chicken cook in the sauce for 5 min, then place in a pre-heated 165C/330F degree oven, and bake them for 10 min or until the inside of the meat reaches 70C/160F degrees
  4. Turn on the broiler, brush on another layer of sauce (which is very thick at this point) on the chicken, and let it cook for 2-3 min
  5. Sprinkle some chopped green onion or sesame seed to add more flavor

This is a very simple and fast dish to make. Chicken thigh is a cheap cut and you can make this in large portions as a part of your next meal prep. It goes well with rice and almost any type of bread, but you can also wrap it in tortillas or lettuce.



      1. Thanks! Reading this forced me to stop and get teriyaki on the way home from work last night (I live in Seattle). Unfortunately, I went to a new place that was disappointing. Guess I’ll just have to make this myself this weekend 🙂


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