This teriyaki chicken marinade is easy to mix up and adds so much flavour to your chicken. Marinate and then grill or bake, or freeze for later!
My new favourite way of preparing chicken or pork chops is to toss them in a freezer bag in meal size portions for my family as soon as I buy them, add a marinade, and freeze them immediately until I’m ready to cook them.
Using recipes like this teriyaki chicken marinade has made my life so much easier this summer.
I don’t about you, but I get a little bit sick of eating plain old grilled chicken with BBQ sauce for dinner. Easy yes….but a tad boring after a little bit.
My husband would totally disagree with this statement. He likes nothing better then grilled chicken with BBQ sauce – simple and delicious.
But I like variety while still keeping things simple.
So freezer chicken marinades are where it’s at as far as I’m concerned.
I have 7 chicken marinades that we all love so there’s plenty of variety, they are all quick and easy to make, and they can all be frozen for future easy meals.
You can either marinate your chicken and then cook it immediately, or you can freeze it and let it marinate while it’s defrosting before cooking it.
I like to freeze my chicken immediately after adding the marinade, and then defrost the bag of chicken the day I want to use it, letting it marinate while it defrosts.
I usually defrost my meat by submerging the bag with the frozen meat in cold water as I find this only takes a couple of hours, but you can also defrost it in the refrigerator overnight if you prefer.
This teriyaki chicken marinade is fantastic. It’s easy to mix up and adds so much flavour to the chicken.
We love having this teriyaki chicken simply grilled with rice and vegetables on the side. This Asian stir fried broccoli is fantastic with it.
This chicken would also be great sliced up and mixed with stir fried veggies and rice.
And if you’re looking for more great chicken marinades, check out these 7 chicken marinades that are all delicious and can be used immediately or frozen for later!
How long do you marinate chicken?
Marinate the chicken for at least 30 minutes, and I find 2 hours gives the best flavour.
You can technically marinate chicken breasts and thighs for up to two days in the fridge, but I don’t find the flavour changes much as you increase the marinating time from 2 hours, and you may end up with mealy chicken when there’s an acidic component like lemon or lime juice in the marinade as it starts to break down the meat after a certain point.
My recommendation is to cook it the same day you’re marinating, or to freeze it and let it marinate as it defrosts overnight in the fridge or for a couple hours in cold water.
How long should chicken be cooked?
There are several options for cooking the chicken.
You can grill it for 6-8 minutes per side, pan fry it over medium heat for 6-8 minutes per side (use a bit of olive oil in the pan), or bake it at 375 degrees F for 20-30 minutes.
The exact cook time will really depend on the thickness of your chicken so using a meat thermometer to judge when it’s done (165 degrees F at the thickest part of the breast) is the best bet for perfectly cooked chicken.
Tips for perfect Teriyaki Chicken Marinade:
- Don’t over-cook your chicken or you will end up with dry chicken. If you’re not sure how to tell, the best way is to use a meat thermometer and cook your chicken until it registers an internal temperature in the thickest part of the meat of 165 degrees F. You should also let your chicken rest for 5 minutes, tented with foil, after taking it from the grill, before serving it.
- You can use either chicken breasts or chicken thighs with this teriyaki chicken marinade, both are delicious.
- Once you place your chicken and the marinade into a freezer bag (this tool is awesome for holding the bag while you add your chicken and marinade), squeeze out the air, seal the bag, and then move the meat around in the bag to coat it with the marinade. Lay the bag flat to freeze it as it will defrost easier this way. If your chicken is frozen when you buy it, you can still portion it into meal sized freezer bags and add the marinade if you like – it will marinate as you thaw it for dinner and save you a step on the day you want to cook it.
Here are a few more great chicken recipes for you:
Tuesday 2nd of May 2023
Wow. This marinade is so simple and so very good. I marinated chicken strips (thigh meat) for about 40 mins then threw 'em on the Weber grill and they turned out awesome. With fresh ginger you can't marinate the chicken too long or else they'll turn to mush. Thank you for sharing!
Tuesday 28th of June 2022
Fresh grated ginger and garlic is a must. Great flavors
Thursday 6th of January 2022
Can you sub in ground ginger if you don’t have fresh?
Monday 10th of January 2022
You should be able to sub in 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger for the tablespoon of fresh ginger, but I haven't tried that substitution myself in this marinade. I do find that fresh ginger generally gives a better flavour than dried in sauces and marinades though so I tend to prefer it!
Tuesday 8th of December 2020
This marinade is a hit with my kids, so easy to whip up too, love it!
Thursday 28th of May 2020
I've used this recipe several times now and its definitely a family favorite. I blend it in my magic bullet so it's super easy. Thank you!
Sunday 31st of May 2020
So glad you like it!