Grilled Teriyaki Chicken

Chicken thighs grilling over charcoal.

Teriyaki is a Japanese cooking method of grilling marinated chicken, this version uses an easy homemade marinade that features pineapple juice.

Once cooked, you can serve the grilled teriyaki chicken in a variety of methods as simple as on a bed of steamed rice, more substantial servings may include fried rice or noodles such as yakisoba.

The marinading and quick-cook grilling method ensures that the chicken remains tender and moist. This is also helped by using chicken thighs that have more fat. Chicken breast may be used however a much closer eye must be kept on it while cooking to stop it from overcooking and drying out.

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Grilled teriyaki chicken served on top of fried rice and an ommlette.
Once the grilled teriyaki chicken is cooked it can be served with your favorite accompaniment such as fried rice or noodles.
Raw chicken placed on a grill rack to cook.
Once the chicken thighs have finished marinating remove from the marinade and place on a preheated grill.
A plastic ziplock bag with chicken marinating in it.
Placing the chicken in a bag to marinate ensures maximum coverage over the meat with use of less marinade.
Chicken thighs grilling over charcoal.
This tender and moist teriyaki chicken is grilled over charcoal for the best flavor.

Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Recipe

Chicken thighs grilling over charcoal.
This Japanese style of preparing and cooking chicken thighs keeps them moist and tender.
Preparation 5 minutes
Cook 15 minutes
Marinate 2 hours
Ready in 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 6
CourseMain Dish
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Teriyaki Marinade

  • 2 cups soy sauce
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 12 boneless chicken thighs

To Serve

  • ½ cup sliced green onion


  • grill


Teriyaki Marinade

  • In a bowl combine the soy sauce, brown sugar, pineapple juice, garlic, and ginger. Mix well.
  • Remove half a cup of the teriyaki marinade.
  • Add the chicken thighs and remaining teriyaki marinade to a plastic ziplock bag then chill to marinade for 2 hours.

To Cook

  • Set up a grill for indirect heating with a hot and cool side.
  • Add the chicken to the hot side of the grill. Cook basting with the reserved marinade and turning regularly until it reaches a golden color.
  • Transfer the chicken to the cool side of the griull until the internal temperature rises to 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).
  • Rest the chicken for 10 minutes.

To Serve

  • Serve the teriyaki chicken with your preferred side and garnish with sliced spring onion.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 672kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 41gFat: 38gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gMonounsaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 221mgSodium: 2346mgPotassium: 648mgFiber: 1gSugar: 38gVitamin A: 260IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 66mgIron: 3mg

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