5-Star Grilled Teriyaki Chicken

It’s so funny to look back and see where life has taken me.
Never in a zillion years would I have imagined that I would be a “food blogger” and be sharing my easy recipes with millions of people . . . heck, just 7 years ago I had no idea how to brown hamburger! :)
Many of you have commented over the past two years that the reason you keep coming back to our website is because the recipes are simple and are items that you usually have in your pantry at any given time.
Well, here is another one of those recipes that falls perfectly into that category!
I am a sucker for marinades- marinated meat grills up so tender and juicy, plus it’s pretty healthy. And something about the smells of grilled food just remind me of summer . . .
Anyway, this recipe couldn’t be any easier. Mix a couple of ingredients together in a bag, throw in some chicken, and let it soak all day long. Toss on the grill for dinner and you have a delicious meal that took only a couple of minutes to prep.
*PS We call this 5-Star Chicken because the first time I made it, my husband took a bite and said, “Five stars. This chicken deserves five stars.” :) I think that you’ll agree.

5-Star Grilled Teriyaki Chicken
1 lb skinless, boneless chicken breasts (chicken tenders and thighs work too)
1 cup teriyaki sauce
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons sesame oil

Place chicken, teriyaki sauce, lemon juice, garlic, and sesame oil in a large ziploc bag. Close bag and shake to thoroughly coat the chicken. Place chicken in the refrigerator for 8-12 hours (I sometimes even marinate it overnight), turning the bag once or twice throughout the day to make sure the chicken is marinating evenly.
When ready to cook, turn the grill on to high heat.
Remove chicken from bag and immediately throw away any remaining marinade. Grill for 6 to 8 minutes on each side, or until juices run clear when chicken is pierced with a fork.
I served this with Mom’s Potato Salad and Grilled Zucchini.

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  1. Cyndi says

    I bought some turkey thighs and wasn’t sure how I was going to fix them. I will be making this marinade and letting them soak in this overnight and throwing them on the BBQ tomorrow. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Darlene says

    This was delicious. I only marinaded the chicken in the teriyaki & lemon juice (I didn’t want to use garlic & I totally forgot to put in the oil). The chicken was so tender and flavorful.

  3. Rebecca D says

    I made this over the weekend and loved it. I am not a huge fan of bottled teriyaki sauce because it’s usually so sweet. But the flavor combinations in this recipe were perfect. Thanks!

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