Teriyaki Chicken

I had planned to create a handmade cookbook for my daughter. My stepmom made one for me, with hundreds of family recipes handwritten in perfect cursive. My mother-in-law made one for me with all of her favorite recipes woven with bits of family history. I started writing out recipes for my daughter, but with an active little boy always nearby my handwritten recipes were little more than chicken scratch with a side of ink blobs. She is now looking at grad schools and I was beginning to worry that I would be sending her off without a cookbook and she would be forced to live off Rice Chex…

Last week she asked me if I would mind if she cooked dinner, because she wanted to try my Ginger Teriyaki marinade on chicken. I had absolutely no objections to her cooking!  She went to the computer, looked up this site, found the recipe and used the print recipe button. Then she used the search function to find the Glazed Carrots recipe, printed it out and went off to the kitchen to start cooking.

And it dawned on me that I have been making a cookbook for her. :)

Teriyaki Chicken (640x389)

Patricia’s Teriyaki Chicken


4 chicken thighs (approximately 1 pound)
1/4 cup teriyaki sauce (or Braggs)
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger ( or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger)
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon finely diced onion
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a small bowl, combine teriyaki sauce, honey, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, and onion.
Place chicken thighs ugly side up in a baking dish. Drizzle half of marinade over the meat.
Place in the oven and cook for 20 minutes. Flip the chicken and drizzle with the remaining marinade. Bake for an additional 20 minutes or until juices run clear.
My husband’s version:
My husband decided he wanted to play with the recipe too and on Sunday he “barbecued” a couple pounds of chicken breasts. He doubled the marinade. Placed all of the chicken breasts in a 13 x 9 baking pan and poured all of the marinade over the chicken. He baked it at 350 degrees for 40 minutes, then placed it on the barbecue for a couple of minutes on each side to add flavor and stripes.

Barbecued Teriyaki Chicken Breasts (640x477)
Most of the onion and spices fell off on the grill, but the chicken was still flavorful and very tender.

I apologize for the odd picture above, that is actually my plate. The meat was so thick it was hard for me to gauge what a 3.5 oz. piece was, so I kept hacking and weighing until I got it down to a reasonable portion. And now you know why I normally photograph my teenage son’s plate – they are always so much more photogenic.

I am linking this post up to Full Plate Thursday at Miz Helen’s Country Cottage, because my husband and daughter both blessed me with full plate last week!

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About Alea Milham

Alea Milham is the owner and editor of Premeditated Leftovers. She shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home. Her favorite hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her recipes. She believes it is possible to live fully and eat well while spending less.


  1. Kankana says:

    i love chicken with teriyaki sauce. It's looking delicious and so juicy :)

  2. April @ The 21st Century Housewife says:

    It's lovely to be cooked for, and your Teriyaki Chicken sounds delicious. And not only are you making a cookbook for your daughter, it's one she can easily access online so it's absolutely perfect for when she is at grad school. With a great resource like that, she definitely won't be living off Rice Chex :)

  3. Lovely recipe!!!
    I know… a blog is the "modern" version of a cookbook!!! hehehe :-)

  4. Looks like you have food enthusiastic family. Sure your daughter is awesome cook. I used to do handwritten notebooks of recipes. Now i write occasionally in note book and rest are in computer I become high tech.

  5. Miz Helen says:

    It is great when our daughters give back all that they have been given, it is a wonderful gift. One of the most precious gifts I have given my family is my recipe book. They treasure it and I was so happy to give it to them. The Teriyaki Chicken looks wonderful, great recipe! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week!

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