Honey Teriyaki Chicken Recipe

Easy Teriyaki Chicken Recipe

This teriyaki chicken recipe can easily be made on a weekday and comes together in about 30 minutes. With extra flavor from fresh orange and sweet honey, this has become one of our favorite go-to dinners.

A Fresh and Easy Teriyaki Chicken Recipe in 30 Minutes

Everything comes together really quickly for this one. Just throw everything into a bowl, add the chicken and marinate for about 15 minutes. Then, add the chicken to a hot pan and cook until light golden brown on all sides. After that, add the marinade and cook until it becomes shiny, thick and begins to coat the chicken.

We love using chicken thighs for this teriyaki chicken recipe, there’s a bit more flavor and the thighs are a little more tender than chicken breasts. However, you could certainly use chicken breasts if that’s more your style!

One more thing, we use mirin in this recipe. You can usually find it in the international aisle of larger grocery stores or in Asian markets. Mirin is a sweet rice wine used in Japanese cooking. Not only does it add flavor to this recipe, it also provides luster to the teriyaki sauce.

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This teriyaki chicken recipe can easily be made on a weekday and comes together in about 30 minutes. With extra flavor from fresh orange and sweet honey, this has become one of our favorite go-to dinners. We use mirin in this recipe. You can usually find it in the international aisle of larger grocery stores or in Asian markets. Mirin is a sweet rice wine used in Japanese cooking. Not only does it add flavor to this recipe, it also provides luster to the teriyaki sauce.
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You Will Need
  • 1/4 cup (59 ml) low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup (79 ml) fresh orange juice (about 3 small oranges)
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 3/4 pounds (794 grams) skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest (optional)
Directions
  1. In a medium bowl, combine the soy sauce, orange juice, mirin, honey, ginger and sesame oil.
  2. Cut chicken thighs into bite-size pieces then add to the marinade. Let marinade for 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Heat oil in a large saute pan or wok (with lid) over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot use a slotted spoon to add the chicken, but not the marinade. Save the marinade until later.
  4. Cook chicken, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned on all sides. Turn the heat to medium-low then add the marinade and cover pan with lid. Cook for 5 minutes. Remove lid then check to see if chicken has cook through. If cooked, remove the chicken to a clean bowl. Allow the marinade to simmer for 1 to 3 minutes until thickened then toss with the chicken.
  5. Sprinkle top of teriyaki chicken with orange zest then serve with rice and/or vegetables.
Notes and Tips
To grate ginger, first peel the skin using a spoon - just drag the spoon against the side of the ginger. Once peeled, use a fine microplane to grate. If you do not have a microplane, you can mince the ginger. If you do this, make sure the ginger is cut into very small pieces.

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11 comments… Leave a Comment

  • Lori @ RecipeGirl December 12, 2012, 8:57 am

    Mmm! My family would love this!

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  • Linnea January 5, 2013, 8:43 pm

    Pretty tasty and easy! Mine wasn’t as pretty as the picture, and took awhile for the sauce to reduce, but it tasted great! Quick question: do you add 1 t. of sesame oil in the marinade AND in the pan with the chicken? Thanks!

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  • Sadia February 4, 2013, 9:51 am

    Looks great, I will try it, Do you also have Hunain chicken recipe.

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  • Janna February 15, 2013, 8:56 pm

    Made this tonight and my family, including slightly picky 3 year old daughter, gobbled it up and asked for seconds. I added shallot, finely sliced carrot and steamed edamame. It was easy, yummy and will be added to our growing list of trusted staple recipes! Thanks for sharing.

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  • Angelica April 17, 2013, 11:40 pm

    Thank you for the recipe! Chicken was delicious. My kids are extremely picky but loved your recipe. I used 3 tbs of honey instead of 2. After sauteing the sauce I strained it. To thicken the sauce I added a couple of tsp of cornstarch and stirred constantly. My kids now want this every night, thank goodness its easy!

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    • Joanne April 18, 2013, 10:15 am

      Wonderful — so glad everyone enjoyed it.

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  • Corina July 2, 2013, 6:38 pm

    Hello!
    Question – Is there a substitute for mirin?

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    • Adam July 6, 2013, 5:56 pm

      To replace Mirin, you are looking for a combination of sweet and acid. Here are 3 common substitutes: Use dry sherry or sweet marsala wine in place of the Mirin. Or dissolve a small amount of sugar (a 1/8 teaspoon or so) in a 2 tablespoons of white wine or sherry. Hope that helps.

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  • Elise August 11, 2013, 6:30 am

    Thanks for this receipe it was really yummy and full of flavour!

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    • Joanne August 12, 2013, 12:35 pm

      Wonderful, so glad you enjoyed it :)

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  • Lucy November 5, 2013, 5:22 pm

    Thank you so much for this excellent recipe! It was so simple, very easy to make and delicious. I made this along with brown rice and broccoli with sauteed garlic. My family enjoyed it very much. I will definitely add this to my list of favorites!

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