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Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken

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Discover the ultimate recipe for Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken. Perfectly grilled Teriyaki Chicken and infused with a sweet and savory teriyaki sauce, this dish brings the taste of the islands to your backyard. Try our Grilled Teriyaki Chicken for a delicious and easy-to-make meal that everyone will love!

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We’re excited to share our Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken recipe, a perfect blend of sweet and savory that will transport your taste buds to the tropics.

Whether planning a summer barbecue or simply looking for a quick and flavorful dinner, this Grilled Teriyaki Chicken will surely become a favorite. Marinated in a rich teriyaki sauce and grilled to perfection, this dish is as easy to make as it is delicious.

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What you’ll love about this recipe:


  • KID FRIENDLY – The sweet and savory flavors of the teriyaki sauce are a hit with kids, making this dish a great way to get your little ones excited about dinner. Plus, it’s easy to eat with no bones to worry about.
  • HEALTHY – This recipe uses a homemade teriyaki sauce with natural ingredients, reducing the amount of added sugars and preservatives found in store-bought versions.
  • INEXPENSIVE – Using chicken thighs instead of breasts makes this dish more affordable without compromising on taste. Chicken thighs are cheaper, more flavorful, and juicier, making them a perfect choice for this recipe.

Ingredients for Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken

  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup water ( or Pineapple Juice)
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger paste Or Fresh Ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • Optional garnish, toasted sesame seeds, sliced green onions

Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken Recipe

Grilled Teriyaki Chicken

  • In a small mixing bowl, combine the soy sauce, honey, brown sugar, minced garlic, ginger paste, sesame oil, and black pepper until fully combined.
  • Place the boneless, skinless chicken thighs in a resealable bag or shallow dish.
  • Pour the soy sauce mixture over the chicken, ensuring all the pieces are evenly coated. Refrigerator for at least 1 hour, or overnight for the best flavor.
  • Preheat your grill to medium-high heat, spray the grill grates with grill-safe non-stick cooking spray.
  • Remove the chicken from the marinade, allowing excess marinade to drip off. 
  • Grill the chicken thighs for about 5-6 minutes preside, or until fully cooked through.
  • Baste the chicken with the marinade as it cooks.
  • The chicken will be done when an internal temperature of 165℉ is reached.
  • Allow the grilled teriyaki chicken thighs to rest for a few minutes after cooking.
  • Garnish with sesame seeds and sliced green onion and serve with rice if desired. Enjoy!

Baked Teriyaki Chicken Thighs

  1. Bake the Chicken: Remove the chicken from the marinade, allowing excess marinade to drip off. Place the chicken thighs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or lightly greased.
  2. Cook the chicken in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).
  3. Baste During Baking: About halfway through the baking time, baste the chicken with the reserved marinade to keep it moist and flavorful.
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Tips & Tricks

  • Marinate for Maximum Flavor: For the best flavor, marinate the chicken thighs overnight. This allows the chicken to absorb all the delicious flavors of the marinade.
  • Even Coating: Make sure the chicken thighs are evenly coated with the marinade. You can occasionally flip the bag or stir the chicken in the dish to ensure every piece gets marinated well.
  • Use Fresh Ingredients: Fresh garlic and ginger will give a more vibrant and authentic flavor compared to powdered versions.
  • Line Your Baking Sheet: Use parchment paper or aluminum foil to line your baking sheet for easy cleanup. This also helps prevent the chicken from sticking.
  • Baste for Extra Flavor: Basting the chicken with the marinade halfway through baking helps to keep the chicken moist and enhances the flavor.
  • Check Internal Temperature: Use a meat thermometer to ensure the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) to ensure it is fully cooked and safe to eat.
  • Broil for a Crispy Finish: If you like a bit of char and crispiness, broil the chicken thighs for the last 2-3 minutes of baking. Keep a close eye to prevent burning.
  • Rest Before Serving: Let the chicken rest for a few minutes after baking. This helps the juices redistribute throughout the meat, making it more tender and flavorful.
  • Garnish for Extra Flair: Garnishing with sesame seeds and sliced green onions adds a nice touch of color and extra flavor.
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FAQs

Yes, you can use the leftover marinade for basting, but make sure to boil it for a few minutes to ensure it’s safe to consume since it was in contact with raw chicken.

Store leftover grilled teriyaki chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 10-15 minutes or in the microwave until heated through.

Make sure to spray the grill grates with grill-safe non-stick cooking spray before placing the chicken on the grill. You can also brush a little oil directly on the chicken.

You can use a gas grill, charcoal grill, or even an indoor grill pan. Just ensure it is preheated to medium-high heat before grilling.

Hawaiian teriyaki chicken typically includes pineapple juice in the marinade, giving it a sweet, tropical flavor that differentiates it from traditional teriyaki chicken.

Yes, you can use chicken breasts, thighs, or even drumsticks. Thighs are often preferred for their juiciness, but chicken breasts work well too.

For the best flavor, marinate the chicken for at least 1 hour. For optimal results, marinate overnight. If you’re short on time, even 30 minutes can impart good flavor.

Yes, store-bought teriyaki sauce can be used as a convenient alternative. However, homemade simple teriyaki sauce allows you to control the sweetness and flavor to your preference.

Yes, you can freeze the marinated chicken. Place the chicken and marinade in a freezer-safe bag or container and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before grilling.

The chicken is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C). Using a meat thermometer is the most accurate way to check doneness. The chicken should also be opaque and juices should run clear.

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Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Discover the ultimate recipe for Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken. Perfectly grilled Teriyaki Chicken and infused with a sweet and savory teriyaki sauce, this dish brings the taste of the islands to your backyard. Try our Grilled Teriyaki Chicken for a delicious and easy-to-make meal that everyone will love!

Ingredients

  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger paste Or Fresh Ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • Optional garnish, toasted sesame seeds, sliced green onions

Instructions

    Grilled Teriyaki Chicken

    1. In a small mixing bowl, combine the soy sauce, honey, brown sugar, minced garlic, ginger paste, sesame oil, and black pepper until fully combined.
    2. Place the boneless, skinless chicken thighs in a resealable bag or shallow dish.
    3. Pour the soy sauce mixture over the chicken, ensuring all the pieces are evenly coated. Refrigerator for at least 1 hour, or overnight for the best flavor.
    4. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat, spray the grill grates with grill-safe non-stick cooking spray.
    5. Remove the chicken from the marinade, allowing excess marinade to drip off. 
    6. Grill the chicken thighs for about 5-6 minutes preside, or until fully cooked through.
    7. Baste the chicken with the marinade as it cooks.
    8. The chicken will be done when an internal temperature of 165℉ is reached.
    9. Allow the grilled teriyaki chicken thighs to rest for a few minutes after cooking.
    10. Garnish with sesame seeds and sliced green onion and serve with rice if desired. Enjoy!

    Baked Teriyaki Chicken Thighs

    1. Bake the Chicken: Remove the chicken from the marinade, allowing excess marinade to drip off. Place the chicken thighs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or lightly greased. Cook the chicken in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).
    2. Baste During Baking: About halfway through the baking time, baste the chicken with the reserved marinade to keep it moist and flavorful.
    Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 410Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 205mgSodium: 2053mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 2gSugar: 14gProtein: 45g

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