Baked Teriyaki Chicken

Chicken breasts, or thighs, smothered in a sweet and tangy homemade teriyaki sauce and baked in the oven. Serve Baked Teriyaki Chicken over rice for a complete meal!

I love teriyaki chicken in all forms (we especially love them as wings or our crock pot version), and this baked version is delicious! The tangy Asian sauce makes this one of our favorite dinner recipes the whole family enjoys.

Baked teriyaki chicken over white rice with broccoli

Simple Meal for Busy Weeknights

Hello again! It’s Alicia from The Baker Upstairs, and I have a totally delicious and easy dinner recipe to share with you. This baked teriyaki chicken could not be easier to make, and it’s so tender and flavorful. It’s the perfect simple main course for a busy weeknight!

Does your family love chicken as much as mine does? It’s on the menu at our house at least 2-3 nights per week, and it’s always a favorite with the kids. I love that there are so many delicious and different ways to prepare chicken.

This baked teriyaki chicken is one that I make often because I always have all of the ingredients on hand. It’s a family favorite, and it always turns out delicious!

Pouring homemade teriyaki sauce over chicken breasts

Making and Baking It

The key to this recipe is the homemade teriyaki sauce. It’s the perfect blend of savory and sweet, and adds so much flavor to the chicken.

The sauce is made with simple ingredients that you can easily find at the grocery store, and takes about ten minutes to make. Once the sauce is ready, just pour it over the chicken and bake!

You can make this recipe with either chicken breasts or thighs, and it’s delicious either way. I prefer chicken breasts in general, but using chicken thighs will give you a richer flavor and extra tender meat.

Tip: I was in a hurry when I made my chicken, and totally forgot to line the pan with parchment or foil, but it’s a really good idea to do so.

The teriyaki sauce will caramelize and darken as it cooks, and it can be difficult to clean up afterwards if you didn’t line the baking dish. You’ll want to bake the chicken for about 25-30 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165.

Sliced baked teriyaki chicken breast in a bowl

Serving tips

We usually serve this chicken over rice, with steamed vegetables on the side (for a healthier version you can serve it with our cauliflower rice). You could also serve it with asian noodles or fried rice. It’s a simple, delicious, and easy to prepare meal that my kids love.

The recipe below serves 4, but you can easily double or triple the recipe if you’re feeding a crowd. This baked teriyaki chicken is always a favorite at my house!

We also like to make the sauce AHEAD OF TIME, and then add it right before baking. If you have leftovers, be sure to STORE in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Baked teriyaki chicken on top of white rice on a plate

For more teriyaki recipes, try:

Baked Teriyaki Chicken Recipe

5 from 10 votes
Chicken breasts, or thighs, smothered in a sweet and tangy homemade teriyaki sauce and baked in the oven. Serve Baked Teriyaki Chicken over rice for a complete meal!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 332 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast or thighs
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds


  • Preheat the oven to 425. Line a baking dish with parchment or foil. Place the chicken in the baking dish and set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, whisk together the corn starch, water, sugar, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, and sesame seeds. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium high heat. Simmer 3-5 minutes, or until thickened.
  • Remove the sauce from the heat and pour it over the chicken, covering the chicken completely. Bake 25-30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Serve over rice.

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About Alicia

Hi! I’m Alicia and I blog at The Baker Upstairs. I am in love with all things food! I love to bake bread, cupcakes, cookies… you name it! When I’m not baking, I am running after my two adorable little girls, working as an RN, knitting, reading, and trying to squeeze in time with my husband every day.

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  1. 5 stars
    Love this baked option!! I could eat teriyaki chicken every’s one of my favorites! This makes me feel like it is healthier.

  2. 5 stars
    Teriyaki chicken is a favorite in our house. This recipe is simple and has a great taSte. You will not be disAppointed!

  3. This was good and not spicy. My family can’t have spicy food, so this was perfect for us. Others could even add spice if they want it. The recipe turned out wonderful. Two thumbs up.