Teriyaki Chicken Breasts

Easy Teriyaki Chicken! How to make teriyaki chicken with skinless chicken breasts poached in homemade teriyaki sauce, served with toasted sesame seeds. Quick and easy 30 minute recipe!

Teriyaki Chicken Breasts
Elise Bauer

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.

How to Make 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 make a simple but perfect and easy teriyaki sauce for teriyaki chicken, steak, or salmon.

In this version of teriyaki chicken, 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 fat, perfectly tender teriyaki chicken breasts, every time.

Sliced Teriyaki Chicken
Elise Bauer

Teriyaki Chicken Breasts

Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 4 servings

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.


  • 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 tablespoons sugar

  • A 1-inch piece of ginger, grated fine

  • 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts (set out for 30 minutes to come to room temp)

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons sesame seeds


  1. Gently simmer the 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 the 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 the 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 to 10 minutes. Keep an eye on the sauce, stirring it occasionally.

  5. Slice the 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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
555 Calories
9g Fat
39g Carbs
58g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 555
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 145mg 48%
Sodium 2755mg 120%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 32g
Protein 58g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 104mg 8%
Iron 3mg 19%
Potassium 692mg 15%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.