Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

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Easy, homemade Teriyaki Sauce is a dinner-saver on busy weeknights. With a batch of this sauce at hand, you’ll have a flavor-filled dinner on the table in just a few minutes.

To quote my friend Jenn, this post is truly all about the sauce. The chicken is delicious, but the star here is the teriyaki sauce.

Homemade Teriyaki Sauce is a winner

What is Teriyaki Sauce?

Teriyaki sauce is a sweet and salty sauce used in Japanese dishes as a glaze, marinade, and cooking sauce for meat, fish, and veggies.

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Teriyaki sauce leaves a beautiful sticky glaze on whatever you cook with it – making it ideal for tender morsels of chicken.

The salty savory soy sauce coupled with rich brown sugar and spicy ground ginger give this sauce a taste and texture that’s hands down better than anything you can bring home in a bottle from the grocery store.

Another key (not so secret) ingredient in this teriyaki sauce is Hoisin Sauce.

Hoisin sauce contains soy, red chiles, sugar, vinegar, and garlic and is thick in texture. It brings a depth of flavor to this teriyaki sauce that’s so good I doubt I’ll ever make another teriyaki sauce again.

If my friend Jenn ever writes a sauce cookbook, I will be first in line to buy it. Her teriyaki sauce is perfect. It is the best teriyaki sauce I’ve ever tasted.

Chicken with Teriyaki Sauce

How to Make Teriyaki Sauce

Sure, you can buy a jar at the grocery store. And in a pinch, it will work just fine. But once you’ve tried homemade? You might never want to buy it again.

Making teriyaki sauce at home is as simple as whisking a few ingredients in a saucepan and heating it all until thickened and warmed through.

In this recipe, I make the sauce first then add it to cooked chicken.

Some recipes also call for the sauce to be used to deglaze a pan at the end of cooking the meat. This works well that way too.

I’ve made this simple chicken dinner more times than I can count in the past ten years. It’s a wonderfully easy dinner that everyone in my family enjoys.

Serve it with rice and veggies any night of the week or, if you’re in the mood for a full Japanese spread, alongside some Tempura Shishito Peppers or sushi.

Chicken with Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

Teriyaki Hoisin Sauce

In a small saucepan, whisk together soy sauce, Hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, brown sugar, ground ginger, sesame oil, garlic powder, and water until well combined.

Bring everything to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer just until the sauce thickens. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.

Are you as excited about this sauce as I am yet? If you can’t get enough teriyaki in your life then oh boy have I got some more recipes you need to try.

Teriyaki Glazed Salmon with Pineapple Salsa is a light and satisfying meal that’s perfect for summer. When I’m after a quick weeknight dinner I know I can’t go wrong with Teriyaki Chicken with Pineapple served over rice.

While not technically teriyaki, Sweet and Sour Ham Balls Stir-Fry is a similarly flavored meal that I made upon hearing my friend Rebecca describe it in all its sweet, sour, savory glory. I tried it and couldn’t believe how wonderful it tasted.

Chicken with Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

Cook’s Note: The recipe below makes a small amount of sauce. It’s plenty for this recipe, but I often double it if I want to have extra.

Any leftover sauce will keep for 2-3 weeks in the fridge, so it’s a great condiment to have in the fridge for a lightning fast dinner option.

Teriyaki Chicken

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Teriyaki Chicken

Teriyaki Hoisin Sauce

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Easy, homemade Teriyaki Sauce is a dinner-saver on busy weeknights. With a batch of this sauce at hand, you'll have a flavor-filled dinner on the table in just a few minutes.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4


To Make The Sauce

  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

To Cook The Chicken

  • 3 lbs chicken white or dark meat, diced into bite size pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • granulated garlic


  • In a small saucepan, whisk all the teriyaki ingredients together until well combined. Bring everything to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer just until the sauce thickens. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
  • In a skillet, over medium-high heat, warm the oil and add half of the chicken pieces. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic. Cook the chicken until the meat is no longer pink, turning the pieces as needed.
  • When the meat is cooked through, remove to a bowl next to the stove. Repeat the cooking process with the remaining chicken. When all of the cooked chicken is in the bowl, pour the teriyaki sauce over it. Toss well to coat. Enjoy!


Calorie count reflects the sauce on its own. The chicken is not included in the nutritional information.


Calories: 58kcal · Carbohydrates: 11g · Protein: 1g · Fat: 1g · Sodium: 570mg · Potassium: 31mg · Sugar: 9g · Calcium: 7mg · Iron: 0.3mg
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{originally published 11/28/11 – recipe notes and photos updated 2/3/21}

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Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Lani says

    I made this sauce and served it over stir-fried zoodles, quartered Brussels sprouts and onions. Your sauce is awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Kim says

    This turned out sooo good! Only problem…. we didnt make enough even though we doubled the serving amount!!5 stars

  3. Valorie Zurian says

    Cannot wait to try the teriyaki sauce recipe.
    I cook for housebound seniors & make a lot of stir fry (by request) & it sounds delicious!
    Continued success in your kitchen <35 stars

  4. Diane West says

    My husband and I love hoisin sauce when we get it in the restaurants, but have yet to find a good ready-made one in the supermarkets. Can you recommend one that can be used for your homemade teriyaki sauce recipe?

    • Mary Younkin says

      Honestly, I may not be as choosy as you are, Diane. When I’m adding it to other recipes, store-bought hoisin has always worked fine for me. I rarely use it on it’s own though.