Grilled teriyaki chicken is such a flavorful way to serve grilled chicken. It’s made with an easy teriyaki chicken marinade on the bbq!
Favorite Grilled Teriyaki Chicken
We are all about grilled chicken and when it comes with a teriyaki twist, even better! This grilled teriyaki chicken recipe is a personal favorite and we make it all summer long.
I love that the teriyaki chicken marinade is so easy to make and that dinner can be ready in less than 30 minutes! The grill marks truly enhance the flavor and texture of this meal.
How to Make Grilled Teriyaki Chicken
First things, first. Marinate your chicken breasts using our teriyaki chicken marinade. With any chicken recipe you make, marinating the chicken first elevates the flavor tenfold. You can stick the chicken and the marinade in a bowl or a large plastic bag. Here’s what you need:
- soy sauce (or tamari for gluten-free option)
- maple syrup
- minced garlic
- grated ginger
- optional: sriracha
Combine all of the ingredients for the teriyaki chicken marinade together in a small bowl and mix to combine. Then, transfer it into an airtight container along with the chicken. Seal and place in the fridge to marinate.
If you love sauce, we suggest setting aside around 3 tablespoons of the marinade for serving (so that you don’t contaminate it with raw chicken).
We have been loving our large stasher bag for everything from marinating to sous vide to food storage. Stasher bags help cut down on waste and makes life in the kitchen easy! Check them out.
How long should I marinate my grilled teriyaki chicken?
We recommend marinating your chicken for at least 2 hours or for best results overnight. If you’re short on time, marinate for no less than 30 minutes.
Can I use a different cut of chicken?
Feel free to use 1.5-lbs. of either chicken thighs or chicken legs for this recipe.
Don’t be scared of the grill, my friends! Preheat the grill to 425ºF and then rub olive oil on your grill grates.
Grilling chicken breasts can be easy if you monitor the internal temperature of the chicken. A good old fashion meat thermometer will do the trick, however, we have been loving the Weber iGrill 2. Which let’s use leave a metal thermometer in your meat at all times and then connects your Bluetooth.
No matter how you monitor the temperature of the chicken, the internal temperature of the chicken should be about 160ºF – 165ºF (which usually takes about 7-10 minutes per side) to be considered safe to consume.
Remove your grilled teriyaki chicken from the grill and let it rest on a place for around 5 minutes. During this time, the internal temperature will elevate around 5 more degrees bringing the chicken to 165ºF.
Serve with extra sauce
Now it’s time to dig in! If you set some teriyaki sauce aside, you can use it as-is on your grilled teriyaki chicken or you can thicken it with some cornstarch.
To thicken, create a cornstarch slurry by whisking together 1 teaspoon cornstarch and 2 teaspoons water. Transfer the leftover marinade into a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Once simmering, add the cornstarch slurry and whisk until thickened.
Serve your grilled teriyaki chicken next to some white rice and one of our favorite grilled sides below:
- Foil-Pack Grilled Potatoes: These foil pack grilled potatoes are an easy side to add to any bbq. All you need to do to make these grilled potatoes in foil is toss them in olive oil, spices, and create a foil pack!
- Baked Potatoes in Foil: One of our favorites dinner sides is a baked potato in foil. Whether you’re hoping to make a grilled baked potato in foil or oven baked potatoes in foil, we’ll teach you how to make a perfect baked potato every time!
- Grilled Peppers and Onions: With just 5 ingredients, you can make these super simple (and healthy) grilled peppers and onions in a foil pack!
- Grilled Carrots: These grilled carrots are sweet and savory, perfectly cooked, and full of amazing flavor! Throw these grilled carrots on the grill and serve them alongside any of your favorite BBQ dishes.
Let your grilled teriyaki chicken cool completely. Then, transfer it into an airtight container. Will last in the fridge for up to 3-5 days.
Grilled Teriyaki Chicken
Grilled Teriyaki Chicken
- 1/4 cup soy sauce or tamari for gluten-free option
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger
- optional: 1 teaspoon sriracha
- optional: 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1.5 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts
- First, prepare homemade teriyaki chicken marinade by following this recipe. Reserve around 2 tablespoons of marinade to thicken for later.
- Next, place 1.5-lbs. of chicken breast into a gallon-size plastic bag or large stasher bag. Then, pour on teriyaki marinade and let sit in the fridge for 30-minutes to 2 hours.
- Preheat the grill to 425ºF and rub your grill grates with olive oil.
- Grill chicken breast at 425ºF for 7-10 minutes on each side or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 160ºF - 165ºF. If you've got leftover marinade, we suggest using a meat brush to brush on some teriyaki marinade a few times during the grilling process to really infuse the chicken with flavor.
- Remove chicken breast from grill and let rest for 5 minutes so that the chicken can continue cooking.
- To thicken the remaining teriyaki sauce, pour the sauce you set aside into a small saucepan and bring to a boil. whisk 1 teaspoon of cornstarch with 2 teaspoons of water to create a cornstarch slurry and then add it to the pat. Whisk the sauce until thickened.
- Serve grilled teriyaki chicken with the extra sauce and your favorite sides.
Tips & Notes
- Nutrition information is for JUST the chicken.
It looks so delicious
Can this be prepared in oven?
Hi – making this tonight but where is the information about the pineapple? Are you just throwing slices on the grill or something else? Thanks!
I love this recipe. Thanks!
I don’t have a balcony(so no gril) 🙁 My grill pan is also rusted because I didn’t take care of it properly. Do you think it would be easy to pan fry these?
Absolutely! Pan fried or baked…it will still be delicious!
I’m not sure what EVOO is and where to find it. Any suggestions?
OOPS! It’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
I made this marinade a few weeks ago, and my husband and I absolutely loved it! He asked me to make it again — I couldn’t find the recipe again at first, but I’m so glad I found it. Soooo yummy! Definitely bookmarking this now 🙂
YAY! So glad you found it! Blake loves this one too. So yummy grilled!
Making this tonight but with turkey. Ill let u know how it comes out.
Awesome! Can’t wait!
I’m so glad that you want natural chicken, but I’m sad to let you know that gold n plump chicken, despite their claims, are not the fantastic, “natural” chickens they claim to be. Have you ever personally viewed one of their farms? Industrial raised and processed chicken is one of the least healthy foods you can eat. Full of chlorine and likely salmonella. The farmers raising this chicken are most likely in huge debt to their corporate master. Your recipe looks great, and I hope you can find some real small farms in Minnesota to buy some actually natural chickens from! I know they exist, my sister lives near St. Cloud and she gets them. Check out localharvest.org for a farm near you! 🙂 wishing you the best. In health, Jen
Oh you know I like small portions so I can eat lots of different things!!! I love grilled chicken and I’m always looking for a different way to flavor chicken!
Looks like an awesome dish, Lee – I know my family would love this! I sorta fell in love with those chicken breast portions, they’re just too easy!
I know!! And I love the fact that there is absolutely no fat on them. You can definitely tell a difference in all-natural, Minnesotan chickens 😀
Oh, gosh! This looks amazing! Sadly I don’t have this brand in my little old town. We have one store that does sell organic poultry and my hubs used to argue with me about it until he tasted it and realized that it’s not just better for you but it tastes better too. I would love to see this brand come out to little ole town.
Pineapple and chicken?! Yum!! What a great combo! I like eating small amounts of lots of things since I like variety. This looks amazing!
This sounds great! What kind of teriyaki sauce do you recommend?
This is the exact kind I used- http://www.kikkomanusa.com/homecooks/products/products_hc_details.php?pf=10201&fam=102 Kikkoman also makes a gluten free version, too!
Oh man, Grilled pineapple brings back to many (half Asian) memories….. Pity we are going into Winter now. Keep up with (my) the seasons buddy!
Well your winter is probably like our summer. No snow for you? Yeah, didn’t think so. If I lived in Australia I’d be wearing shorts and a tank all year long!
Follow up: I made this tonight using pork chops and it was delicious!! Thanks for a great recipe!
AWESOME!!! Glad to hear it’s yummy on pork chops 😀 How long did you marinade it for?
I let them marinate 2 hours.
Oh I love eating small amounts of everything! One of the reasons that I love salad bars! I also love just simply seasoned grilled chicken!
Seriously- Whole Foods Hot Bar is my best friend. #nojoke #littlebitofeverything
I am sooooo making this tonight!! I have everything except the chicken so I’m going to sub thin cut pork chops for that. I even think I will do the grilling MYSELF too for a change since you’ve inspired me!!
Yum! These look fantastic! Love your side dishes too! Great meal. Wish this brand was available in Canada!!!
Come on Canada!!!!!!! Come to Minnesota to get some 😀 You are so missing out!