3-Ingredient Teriyaki Chicken

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Sweet and umami! This 3-ingredient teriyaki chicken meal is a healthy Asian meal you can have for lunch or dinner. It’s dairy-free and high protein.

Do you believe that 3 ingredients can create something delicious? Well, it can, and this Teriyaki Chicken is the proof!

If you’re intrigued that only 3 things will need to be taken out of the cupboard or fridge for this dish, read on!

bowl of teriyaki chicken

When you’re tired, just in from work, and hungry, no one wants to reach for a recipe that uses so many ingredients that it takes ages just to get started. So, this 3-ingredients recipe may appeal to you.

This Teriyaki Chicken uses no jars of sugar-filled shop-bought sauce to cut corners, and it just relies on simple, good quality ingredients.

You can still eat well without spending hours emptying the cupboard, and this recipe is the proof. It has loads of taste and a sticky sauce and uses just 3 ingredients. Yes, 3! So, let’s get started.

forkful of chicken

Ingredients You’ll Need

Chicken thighs (1 lb) – this cut of chicken will give you the most flavor, and when we aren’t using many ingredients, we need all the help we can!

Soy sauce (½ cup) – You can use a low salt version or even coconut aminos if you like, so choose your favorite.

Honey (2 tbsp) – A runny honey from a good quality source is the best choice to add some stickiness to the dish.

ingredients for teriyaki chicken

How to Make Teriyaki Chicken

Step 1. Place the chicken thighs onto a chopping board and cut them into bite-sized pieces.

Step 2. Heat a non-stick frying pan over a high heat, like this one, and add the chicken pieces.

Cook for about 8 minutes until cooked and golden. The more color you get to your chicken, the more flavor you will have.

Step 3. Stir the soy sauce and honey together and add to the frying pan.

Step 4. Bring to the boil and bubble away to get the ingredients to coat the chicken.

Note: If you wanted to get it to stick even more to the chicken pieces, you could add a little bit of cornstarch.

Step 5. Leave to cool in the frying pan for a short time, as the sauce will thicken even more.

Step 6. Some chopped greeen onions would be a lovely, fresh addition if you wanted to add some to the top just before serving.

steps to make teriyaki chicken

Is Teriyaki Chicken Healthy?

Yes! But beware! There are many store-bought Teriyaki sauces that can be brought as a shortcut which are full of sugar, and unfortunately, this doesn’t make it very healthy.

The traditional flavor of Teriyaki comes from Japan originally, where fish was broiled or grilled with a glaze of soy sauce, mirin, and sugar, but this doesn’t mean lots of sugar needs to be added.

The chicken version was created further afield in the US, where it was also associated with very sweet sauces—so keep it traditional, and yes, your Teriyaki Chicken will be healthy.

close up teriyaki chicken

What Do You Eat Teriyaki Chicken With?

You could add some steamed rice or noodles to eat with this dish to make it into a filling meal.

However, if you are following a low-carb diet, you could serve with zucchini noodles or cauliflower rice instead as the sauce goes so well with these and coats both perfectly.

Steamed Chinese lettuce, Pak choi, Bok choi, or even grilled lettuce would be a great addition to this Chicken Teriyaki. Any green vegetables do go particularly well with the sweetness of the sauce.

bowl of teriyaki chicken

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3 ingredient teriyaki chicken
4.36 from 14 votes

3-Ingredient Teriyaki Chicken

By Karo @ AllNutritious
This dairy-free and high protein meal is so yummy. Make this teriyaki chicken with just 3 ingredients and enjoy a dinner the whole family will love.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 3 bowls


  • 1 lb chicken thighs skinless, boneless
  • ½ cup soy sauce low sodium
  • 2 tbsp honey


  • Cut the chicken thighs into chunks and add them to the frying pan. Cook for 4 minutes on each side until the chicken is fully cooked.
  • Add in the soy sauce and honey. Stir and bring to boil.
  • Cook until the sauce coats the chicken. You might need to add a tiny bit of cornstarch if the sauce doesn't thoroughly coat the chicken.

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Serving: 1 bowl | Calories: 365kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14.3g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 144mg | Sodium: 1758mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 12g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Chrissy says:

    This is delicious thank you! This might be a silly question but what is a serving size for “one bowl” I just don’t know how to figure that out and portion it out

    1. Karo @ AllNutritious says:

      It’s a small bowl, about 1/2lb of chicken 🙂