5-Star Grilled Teriyaki Chicken

There is a reason this Grilled Teriyaki Chicken has 5 stars - the overnight marinade uses simple ingredients and explodes with flavor. This teriyaki chicken is juicy and moist every time.

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is 5-star grilled teriyaki chicken healthy?

Chicken is a good source of protein and other nutrients. If the fat and skin are removed and you bake or grill the chicken, it will be healthier.

This makes our 5-star grilled teriyaki chicken a healthier dinner option.  Chicken breasts are lower in fat and calories than chicken legs, drumsticks, or thighs.

You can also use thighs for this teriyaki recipe and they will still be delicious!

The marinade for your chicken can be healthier with a few simple changes. Teriyaki sauce is high in sodium. Choose lower sodium teriyaki sauce as a healthier option.

You will be able to enjoy a well grilled teriyaki chicken breast knowing that you have chosen a healthier option with your homemade marinade and method of cooking.

how long do you marinate chicken Teriyaki?

Marinating times can vary in each recipe, and depending on the meat or chicken you are using.

For our 5-Star Grilled Teriyaki Chicken, we marinate in 8-12 hours or overnight.

If you are in a hurry, at least try to marinate for 2 hours. We like to go longer for flavor and tenderness.

You can marinade the chicken in a big ziploc bag or in a covered airtight container.

The chicken will absorb the flavor of the marinade and tenderize it. It will make for some very moist teriyaki chicken after grilling.

How to safely discard leftover marinade

Because the marinade is in constant contact with the raw meat, some of the bacteria on the meat will find its way into the marinade. That’s fine because you are going to cook it and kill all the bacteria.

But it does mean you need to be careful with the leftover marinade. Throw away any unused marinade that’s been in contact with chicken.

We run our sink with very hot water and slowly dispose of the marinade down the disposal and try not to splash to prevent a foodborne illness.

If you spill some marinade on the counter that has been in contact with the raw chicken, sanitize the counter or work area immediately with an antibacterial cleaner.

You will also want to clean the kitchen sink after dumping it down the drain. Always wash hands after handling raw chicken.

how to make 5-star grilled teriyaki chicken

This recipe couldn’t be any easier. Mix a couple of ingredients together in a bag or container. Add in the raw chicken and let it soak all day in the marinade.

Place on the grill later that day and you have a delicious teriyaki chicken dinner with only a few minutes of prep time in the morning.

We call this 5-Star Chicken because the first time we made it, our family took one bite and said, “Five stars! This chicken deserves five stars.” We think that you will agree.

You start by mixing the ingredients for the marinade.
The marinade consists of 4 simple ingredients-

  • Teriyaki sauce
  • Lemon juice
  • Minced garlic
  • Sesame oil

Place the teriyaki marinade in a bag or airtight container so that it doesn’t leak out. Then add the chicken breasts to the marinade making sure all sides get coated.

Place the chicken/marinade mixture in the fridge for 8-12 hours or overnight. After it is done marinating, heat the grill to high heat setting and grill for 6 to 8 minutes on each side or until cooked through.

Throw away remaining teriyaki marinade after you place the chicken on the grill. You have a tender chicken breast full of flavor that your family will love.

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Serves: 6

5-Star Grilled Teriyaki Chicken

8 hr, 10 Prep Time

15 minCook Time

8 hr, 25 Total Time

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  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil


  1. Place chicken, teriyaki sauce, lemon juice, garlic, and sesame oil in a large Ziploc bag or sealable container.
  2. Close bag and shake to thoroughly coat the chicken.
  3. Place chicken in the refrigerator for 4-8 hours or overnight.
  4. When ready to cook, turn the grill on to high heat.
  5. Remove chicken from bag and immediately throw away any remaining marinade.
  6. Grill for 6 to 8 minutes on each side, or until chicken is cooked through.

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