After making this simple one pan chicken teriyaki I knew there was no way I could ever go back to store-bought sauce or even takeout. Teriyaki recipes may seem daunting to some but when done well, it’s truly something special. You’re in luck, because this recipe comes together so easily and has such amazing flavour.
I love spending hours in the kitchen developing recipes and creating elaborate meals. This chicken teriyaki is not that – but I promise it tastes as if you spent hours in the kitchen preparing it. On days when you just don’t feel like cooking but want something delicious, easy, and quick, this is the recipe for you.
What is mirin?
If you’re familiar with Asian cooking, the sauce requires ingredients that may already be in your kitchen. However, this recipe includes one ingredient that may not be in your pantry is mirin. Mirin is a Japanese rice wine that is sweet and mild in flavour. It adds a mild acidity to a dish and is commonly used in Japanese cooking.
Bon Appetit does a good job in explaining what it does and its purpose in cooking if you are unfamiliar with this ingredient. If you don’t have mirin, or it’s not accessible to you, don’t worry about it! You can leave it out as the rice vinegar does a good job as a substitute. I like to add it because it adds another level of flavour to the dish.
Less dishes, more time for you
The best thing about this recipe is that it’s all done in one pan! So you can save time on cleaning up and have more time to relax. I hope this is a recipe that you add to your weekly rotation.
I used chicken thighs as my protein of choice but the beauty of cooking is that you can substitute whatever fits your lifestyle! Don’t like chicken? Try it with extra firm tofu! Is tofu not your thing? Try it with shrimp! As I always like to say, the kitchen is your canvas!