Easy Teriyaki Chicken Marinade

Check out our go-to teriyaki chicken marinade that takes 5 minutes to put together and only requires 7 ingredients.

This teriyaki chicken marinade will leave your chicken tender and flavorful. You’ll never use another store-bought marinade again!

Best Teriyaki Chicken Marinade

This delish teriyaki chicken breast marinade is something you need to keep on hand at all times! It was created based on our famous healthy teriyaki sauce, but as a marinade instead!

It’s salty and sweet and made with the perfect amount of garlic and ginger. This chicken marinade is…

  • kid-friendly
  • 7-ingredients
  • ready in 5 minutes
  • gluten-free friendly
  • refined-sugar free
  • made without fillers

What You Need

All you need is 7 total ingredients for this staple marinade. Check it out —

  • soy sauce – soy sauce is a teriyaki chicken staple. Feel free to use regular or reduced-sodium.
  • fresh ginger – there is something about fresh ginger that makes my tummy so happy! I like to keep a tube of ginger paste in my fridge at all times.
  • sriracha – sriracha adds a little kick to your teriyaki chicken marinade. As much or as little as you wish.
  • garlic – do not skimp on the garlic! I keep a tub of minced garlic in my fridge to have on hand at all times.
  • maple syrup – maple syrup is our preferred sweetener for teriyaki chicken. It has a magical warm flavor and it’s also refined sugar-free!
  • green onion – green onion adds a fantastic flavor once it’s cooked.
  • rice vinegar – every Asian need a little rice vinegar to balance out all the flavors.

Easy Ingredient Swaps

  • Tamari – want to make this recipe gluten-free? Tamari is an easy 1:1 swap for soy sauce!
  • Dried Herbs – don’t have fresh ginger or garlic? Try subbing 1/2 the amount of garlic powder and ginger powder.
  • Honey – honey is a great alternative to maple syrup and equally as delicious!

How Long to Marinate Teriyaki Chicken

The biggest piece of advice we have when marinating chicken is the longer the better! If you can marinate your chicken for 24-hours, do it!

However, if you only have 30 minutes or 2 hours, that’s okay too.

a few tips

  1. Feel free to use either a baking dish or gallon-size plastic bag to marinate your chicken in.
  2. Make sure your chicken is fully submerged in the marinade. If you’re using a baking dish, flip your chicken halfway through.
  3. Make sure to marinate your chicken in the fridge and not on the countertop to prevent foodborne illness.

Ways to Cook Teriyaki Chicken

Baking Instructions

Baking marinated teriyaki chicken breast is super simple. Simply transfer the marinated chicken plus the excess teriyaki chicken marinade into a baking dish.

Bake at 375ºF for around 20-25 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165ºF. We suggest using a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of your chicken instead of eyeballing it.

Checks out full instructions here on how to bake chicken breast.

Freezing Instructions

One of my favorite things to do with chicken marinades is to batch produce them and freeze for later! For example, you can make 3 or 4 batches of this teriyaki chicken marinade and freeze it for later. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Place the teriyaki chicken marinade along with 1 to 1.5 lbs. of chicken chicken breast into a freezer-safe gallon-size bag.
  2. Remove as much air as possible and then seal.
  3. Write “Teriyaki Chicken” on the front of the bag along with the date. Freeze up to 3 months.

How long does frozen chicken last? Your frozen teriyaki chicken will last up to 3 months in the freezer.

Bonus Ways to Use Teriyaki Chicken Marinade

Salad Dressing – whip up a batch of this marinade and use it on a salad instead!

Stir-Fry Sauce – use a little bit of cornstarch to thick your marinade into a stir-fry sauce.

Teriyaki Recipes

Teriyaki Chicken Marinade

This teriyaki chicken marinade will leave your chicken tender and flavorful. You’ll never use another store-bought marinade again!

Prep: 5 minutesCook: 0 minutesTotal: 5 minutes

Fat 1 Carbs 18 Protein 29

Yield 4 1x


  • 1 lb. – 1.5 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon sriracha
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onion
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar


  1. Place all ingredients for the chicken teriyaki marinade (minus the chicken breast) into a medium bowl and whisk to combine.
  2. Place chicken breast into a glass container or gallon-size bag. Then, pour the marinade on top of the chicken, making sure it is covered.
  3. Let chicken marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, or for best results, overnight.

Tips & Notes

  • Nutrition information is for 1 lb. chicken.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/4 Calories: 177 Sugar: 14 Fat: 1 Carbohydrates: 18 Fiber: 1 Protein: 29

Author: Lee FunkeCategory: MarinadeMethod: No BakeCuisine: Asian

Keywords: teriyaki chicken marinade

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