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Teriyaki Chicken Easy in a bowl

Easy Teriyaki Chicken

This Easy Teriyaki Chicken is made with soy sauce, brown sugar, rice vinegar, Sambal, and other ingredients and is paired well with freshly steamed white rice, kimchi, sautéed bok choy, and seaweed snacks.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 5


  • 2 lb. boneless and skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tbs. cornstarch
  • cup water
  • Rice, seaweed snacks, kimchi, and edamame to put as sides for a well-balanced meal optional


  • ¾ cup soy sauce
  • cup brown sugar
  • 10 cloves garlic minced
  • 2" knob ginger grated
  • 1 tbs. sesame oil
  • 1 tbs. Sambal
  • 1/4 tsp. ground white pepper
  • 2 tsp. rice vinegar


  • Combine the marinate ingredients together and whisk in bowl.
  • In a separate bowl or Ziploc gallon bag, put in the 2 lb. of chicken thighs and pour in the teriyaki marinade.
  • Seal the bag or put plastic wrap over the bowl with the chicken and marinade well combined.
  • Let it sit and marinade for 15-20 minutes or preferably overnight.
  • Prepare the cornstarch water by mixing together in a small bowl, the 1 tbs. of cornstarch and 1/3 cup of water. Mix thoroughly until you get a foggy liquid.
  • Heat a large frying pan with 1 Tbs. of oil (like to use avocado oil), and lay in the marinated chicken thighs inside the pan.
  • Pour over 3 Tbs. of the cornstarch water over the chicken thighs laying in the pan. Stir in the cornstarch water by moving the chicken around the pan and mixing it with the marinade.
  • Cook on each side for 5-10 minutes each on medium to high heat.
  • Then reduce the heat to medium and cover the pan with a lid, and continue to cook until the thighs are all the way cooked through, about 5-10 more minutes. You might be able to skip this step depending on how thin your chicken thighs are.
  • Serve with rice, kimchi, edamame, and seaweed for a healthy, well-rounded, and satisfying meal.
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