Teriyaki Chicken Breasts

Print

One of the benefits of having a well-stocked pantry is that it gives you so much more flexibility when you want to get a meal out quickly. Case in point, this teriyaki chicken.

Classic teriyaki sauce is made with soy sauce, mirin (a sweet rice wine), and sake. With these items in your pantry, you can easily make a simple but perfect teriyaki sauce for steak, salmon, or chicken.

In this version of chicken teriyaki we first poach skinless, boneless chicken breasts in homemade teriyaki sauce. Then we boil the heck out of the sauce to reduce it to a syrupy glaze to pour back over the cooked chicken.

The result? Easy to make, low in fat, and the method produces a perfectly tender chicken breast every time.

Teriyaki Chicken Breasts Recipe

Print
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup soy sauce* (or mix tamari** and water in equal proportions to make 3/4 cup)
  • 3/4 cup sake
  • 3/4 cup mirin
  • 4 Tbsp sugar
  • A 1-inch piece of ginger, grated fine
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 pounds total (set out for 30 minutes to come to room temp)
  • 2-3 Tbsp sesame seeds

*Use gluten-free soy sauce for gluten-free version.
**If you are using tamari instead of soy sauce, use half as much, as tamari is more concentrated than soy sauce.

Method

1 Gently simmer chicken in sauce made with sake, mirin, soy sauce, sugar, ginger: Mix the grated ginger, sugar, soy sauce, sake and mirin in a pot and bring to a boil. Add the chicken breasts, return to a simmer, then lower the heat to the lowest possible setting (warm if you can), on your smallest burner, and cover.

The idea is to cook the chicken as gently as possible, below a simmer. Cook for 20 minutes.

If you are working with somewhat large chicken breasts, you may need to cook them longer, or cut them in half before cooking.

2 Toast sesame seeds: While the chicken is poaching, toast the sesame seeds in a dry pan until they begin to brown. Move to a small bowl and set aside.

3 Set aside chicken, cover with foil: Remove the chicken breasts from the teriyaki sauce, set on a plate and wrap with foil.

4 Reduce sauce: Bring the sauce back to a boil and boil vigorously until the sauce is reduced to a syrup, about 8-10 minutes. Keep an eye on the sauce, stirring it occasionally.

5 Slice chicken, cover with sauce, sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve: To serve, slice the chicken breasts, cover with the teriyaki sauce and sprinkle sesame seeds on them. Serve with plain white rice.

Hello! All photos and content are copyright protected. Please do not use our photos without prior written permission. If you wish to republish this recipe, please rewrite the recipe in your own unique words and link back to Teriyaki Chicken Breasts on Simply Recipes. Thank you!

Print

If you make this recipe, snap a pic and hashtag it #simplyrecipes — We love to see your creations on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter!

Links:

Crockpot Chicken Teriyaki - from A Year of Slow Cooking

Orange Teriyaki Chicken - from The Food Addicts

Honey Teriyaki Chicken - from Hunt the Recipe

Showing 4 of 18 Comments

  • Finessa Lee

    Cani refrigerate the leftover sauce? We had a lot. Also I didn’t have sake, so I just doulbled the mirin. My husband loved it.

  • Molly

    Hi, I’m going to make this for dinner tonight and have never cooked with sake before, is there a certain kind I should get or one that is specific to cooking? Very excited to make my first Teriyaki Chicken! :)

    Great question. I think the sake I have I bought at Whole Foods in the wine department, for not a lot of money. Sake comes in all different quality levels. I don’t think you need a particularly good grade for this. ~Elise

  • Prince

    Wow!. it looks really delecious!
    Hi.. can i use beer?.. i want to try this but i dont have sake..

    No, no beer. This is a traditional teriyaki sauce. You can try looking around for another sauce online, or just buy some packaged sauce, thinned with water. ~Elise

  • Liz

    You can also heat equal parts of soysauce and sugar(white for thinner sauce, brown for thicker, honey for super thick sauce) with a piece or two or garlic and ginger to taste. In a pinch powders or both. You can use the marinade on any type of meat or fish. Let it marinade at least a few hours and broil untilc cooked in the oven. You can heat the marinade that is left over when you broil the meat and use it as a sauce when you finish.

  • Heather Shapo

    You can also use equal parts soy sauce and honey for the same teriyaki taste. When I make it like that I like to fry it with ginger and turmeric, I know it’s not as “authentic” but it tastes great and is easy to make!

View More Comments / Leave a Comment