Grilled Teriyaki Chicken

Marinate chicken breasts in a simple teriyaki chicken marinade, grill and serve with your favorite side dish. The marinade takes less than 10 minutes to prep.

three pieces of grilled teriyaki chicken sitting on a white plate and garnished with sesame seeds and chives

Grilled teriyaki chicken is a classic main dish that tastes great with a variety of sides. Kids and adults love this simple recipe. Prep the marinade in advance and save time at dinner.

Ingredients for Teriyaki Chicken Marinade

ingredients for teriyaki chicken marinade
  • Soy sauce – Low sodium is preferred. Use tamari sauce instead, if desired.
  • Honey – You can use brown sugar or maple syrup instead.
  • Minced Ginger – Use fresh or jarred ginger.
  • Rice Vinegar – You can use apple cider vinegar instead.
  • Sesame Oil – This adds delicious flavor to the sauce. You can use olive oil but it may alter the flavor.
  • Cornstarch – You can use arrowroot instead.
  • Chicken Breasts – You can use this marinade for any type of chicken.
  • Water
mixing together marinade for chicken

Step 1: Whisk together the soy sauce, honey, ginger, rice vinegar and sesame oil. In a separate small bowl, whisk together water and cornstarch, then whisk into the sauce.

chicken in a pan with teriyaki marinade poured over the top

Step 2: Place the chicken in a dish or bowl. Set aside 1/4 cup of the sauce for later. Pour the remaining sauce over the chicken and allow to marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

three pieces of teriyaki chicken on a grill

Step 3: Grill the chicken and discard the remaining marinade.


Is teriyaki sauce the same as teriyaki marinade?

Yes, they are similar. Teriyaki marinade is used to marinate chicken, beef, fish and shrimp. Once you marinate the meat, you discard the marinade or cook the marinade. Teriyaki sauce is used to flavor meals.

Can Teriyaki Marinade be used as sauce?

If the marinade is cooked, then you can use it as a sauce. You can also set some of the sauce aside before marinating with raw chicken to later use as a sauce. However, do not use the marinade as a sauce if it had raw chicken, meat or fish sitting in it.

How long should you marinate the chicken?

Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, but you can marinate for up to 2 days.

How do you thicken teriyaki marinade?

Cornstarch is used to thicken the marinade. Add one tablespoon of cornstarch for each 1/4 cup of water or liquid. You can also use arrowroot powder instead of cornstarch to thicken.

teriyaki chicken on a plate with sliced grilled peppers and rice.

Grilled chicken tastes great served with a simple side dish or over rice. We also love making Teriyaki chicken bowls with it.

Serving suggestions

Add this versatile recipe to your dinner rotation any day of the week. Try it and let us know what you think!

Grilled Teriyaki Chicken

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Marinate time:
30 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
An easy recipe made with a simple teriyaki chicken marinade. This classic chicken recipe is served with your favorite side dish.
three pieces of grilled teriyaki chicken sitting on a white plate and garnished with sesame seeds and chives
5 from 6 votes


  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce or tamari sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey or brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, honey, ginger, rice vinegar and sesame oil.

  2. In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and water until smooth, then whisk into the sauce mixture until combined. Remove one-fourth cup teriyaki sauce and set aside for serving.

  3. Add the chicken to the bowl with the remaining teriyaki sauce and marinate in the refrigerator for at least thirty minutes.

  4. Prepare grill for direct grilling over medium-high heat. Brush and oil the grill grate.

  5. Place the marinated chicken on the grill directly over the fire. Discard the marinade. Cook chicken until the juices run clear and the chicken is cooked through, about five to eight minutes on each side.

  6. Serve with additional teriyaki sauce, rice and vegetables.


  • Rice Vinegar: You can use apple cider vinegar instead, if needed.
  • Sesame Oil: This adds delicious flavor to the sauce. You can use olive oil, but it may alter the flavor.  
  • Cornstarch: You can use arrowroot instead.
  • You can use this marinade for any type of chicken (drumsticks, breasts, wings). However, you may need to adjust the cook time to ensure the chicken is cooked through until an internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.
  • You can prep the marinade up to 2 days in advance and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (4ounces) — Calories: 199, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 73mg, Sodium: 1195mg, Potassium: 477mg, Carbohydrates: 8g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 5g, Protein: 26g, Vitamin A: 34%, Vitamin C: 1%, Calcium: 11%, Iron: 1%

*Nutritional information is an estimate. Please consult a doctor or nutritionist for the most accurate nutritional info.

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
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4 comments on “Grilled Teriyaki Chicken”

  1. 5 stars
    The only question I have is why did I ever buy the ready made sauce? This one is so easy to pull together and needs no ingredients I don’t already have to hand.

  2. 5 stars
    The marinade is so delicious and especially loved the addition of the sesame oil. That gave it just the right depth of flavor. Thanks again for a yummy dinner recipe. I always love trying your recipes!

  3. 5 stars
    Yum! This recipe is so delicious and tasty! My family loved this! Can’t wait to make this again!

  4. 5 stars
    This chicken was delicious! I love the marinade, I had never thickened a marinade with cornstarch before but I was very pleased with the results. My family really enjoyed this!

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